Do you skip breakfast in the mornings? I know people who love to eat breakfast and others who don’t need anything until lunchtime.
When you feel overwhelmed by your schedule and you’re constantly racing from one appointment to the next, it’s an incredibly popular decision to skip breakfast entirely. Mornings truly can be a rat race that we feel we’re constantly losing, so I understand the reasoning behind feeling like there’s no time to have a breakfast. After all, when you’re already scurrying around in a race against the clock, it seems impossible to find a chance to sit down for breakfast on top of everything else.
I’ve been there, too. We’ve all been there. I have certainly felt your confusion and frustration. I’m sure your mother told you that breakfast was the most important meal of the day, but in case you need another reminder… it’s time to stop skipping breakfast!
Now, with that said, I don’t recommend a huge breakfast for anyone. Eggs, bacon, and toast is not a well food combined meal and instead of fueling you will take away your precious energy for digestion.
So what is a good breakfast? Something light, healthy and full of nutrients for you. Below I’ll share some simple ideas that you can incorporate into your morning routine.
Eating breakfast helps improve concentration, memory and even helps boost your mood but if you eat a heavy pancake breakfast you’ll feel weighed down and lethargic. Finding a simple, healthy breakfast that works for your busy schedule is quite easy, and we’re going to do that today.
It’s essential to find time to eat a breakfast that is right for you. Personally, I can drink a green juice or smoothie and be great until lunchtime. However, others need something with a little bit more sustenance. You just went the entire night without eating, (or practicing intermittent fasting- not eating for at least 12, 16, or 18 hours) and you need to refuel your body for the day ahead. Breakfast is the perfect time to get in those important vitamins and nutrients your body needs to function well throughout the day.
Here are a few of my favorite healthy and simple breakfast ideas that fit perfectly into a busy schedule…
1. Toast with avocado and tomato. This breakfast tastes great and can be made within a couple of minutes. The avocado is full of healthy fats, and the tomato provides lycopene, which is an antioxidant that is brilliant at scavenging for cancer-causing free radicals. You can also add a boiled egg if you want more protein to fuel your body.
2. Fruit, Nut and Yogurt Parfait. Parfaits are a fun way to start your day. You simply layer up some yogurt, nuts, fruit, nut butter and honey to create a delicious breakfast full of healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. Kite Hill is a delicious plant-based and dairy free yogurt that you must try if you haven’t yet. If you don’t like yogurt, then use homemade almond milk or organic store-bought brand. I go heavier on the fruit than nuts because it’s a lighter option and works best for me.
3. Make-Ahead Smoothie. When you have absolutely no time in the morning, prepare smoothies the night before. I like to use two bananas, at least a cup of berries, a few dates and a lot of greens. Blend and store in 2 16-ounce mason jars. This makes two big servings so you have breakfast for two mornings.
4. Overnight Oats and Chia. Mix in oats, chia seeds, honey and some nut-milk into a jar and then leave it overnight in the fridge. You can add other ingredients you may desire to make this to your taste, like cacao, blueberries, almond or peanut butter.
Do your best not to overcomplicate it – that’s exactly what causes the feeling of overwhelm that holds you back from eating breakfast daily. Save the heavier breakfast foods for your lazy day Sunday brunch.
I understand some people need food when they wake up because their digestion is a little off, but if you can, drink warm water and wait till you eliminate before you start feeding your belly again. This way you're not stuffing more food into your digestion system on top of what is still in your digestive tract and overwhelming your system.
Do you ear breakfast or skip it? Do you practice intermittent fasting? Leave a comment below and let's chat about it.