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FROM READERS: Make healthful snacks to eat on your way to work

November 25, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST

Ellen Schuster is a nutritionist at the MU Extension and contributes to the blog Mizzou Nutrition Mythbusters where this post was originally published Oct. 23.

Myth: It’s too hard to make something that's quick and easy to eat on the way to work.


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Answer: BUSTED!

Put down the convenience store sandwich or hand-held breakfast food and make it at home. You’re not alone if you buy your early morning on-the-go food on your way to work. These quick-to-eat and portable foods are popular with those seeking early morning dashboard dining. And the flavors in these products are making use of more ethnic flavors than in the past.

There are at-home alternatives to frozen or heat-and-go stuffed sandwiches that are more nutritious. Why make them at home? You control the ingredients, meaning you can keep the calories, fat and sodium low. And you control the flavors. You can use a particular sauce, spice or herb to liven up your early morning feast.

Here are some ideas to make your grab-and-go breakfast a hit with your taste buds while also boosting nutrition:

So start making your at-home versions of hand-held breakfast foods. You’ll save some money while you’re at it!

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