Hello again! I hope you took a few baby steps last week and began finding ways to incorporate them into your daily routines. Routines are key to achieving long-term goals. The more happy, healthy habits we can establish, the better.
I’ve seen research saying that we make more than 200 food-related decisions every day. That’s a lot of brain power sucked up by a regular function. But think about how our day starts. Coffee or tea? Cream or sugar? Cereal or eggs? Apple or banana? White or wheat? Now or later?
While I recognize that breakfast is a pretty important start to my day, I also know my brain isn’t fully functional first thing in the morning. The few brain cells that are firing before that first cup of coffee takes effect are doing all they can to just to focus my eyes. For me it just makes sense to plan ahead and have a few healthy go-to options that require little thinking and few sharp objects.
My priorities for breakfast (aside from delish-iosity and ease) are that it contains several food groups, especially a fruit, a whole grain, and some protein. And I don’t want to be hungry an hour later, so it needs to be “enough.”
Your tastes, dietary issues, and other preferences may be different from mine, but here are a few of the everyday breakfasts that help get my day off to good start.
• Whole grain hot cereal cooked in the microwave with some sort or fresh or frozen fruit (Costco’s frozen mixed berries are my favorite) then topped with a tablespoon of brown sugar and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt for some protein. I’m a fan of Bob’s Redmill hot cereals.
• Two Kashi whole grain toaster waffles topped with fresh berries, plain Greek yogurt and a little syrup.
• Overnight oatmeal—equal parts (usually 1/3 cup) oats, plain Greek yogurt, and milk product of choice with a few raisins, Craisins, chocolate chips, or nuts stirred in. Cover, put in the fridge overnight and eat it cold with a little brown sugar. Look for lots of variations on this theme on Pinterest. Even my ten-year-old granddaughter is a fan, so give it a try.
• A banana split–Slice a banana into a bowl, then add some plain Greek yogurt and fresh berries. Top it with a little Kashi Original and perhaps a few nuts.
This week, think of two or three tasty, healthy breakfasts that are easy and quick to pull together, even on workdays. These should take little cooking and may even be portable if you need to eat on the go. Make a list of what you’ll need and shop. Once you get your supplies home, store them conveniently and in plain sight so you don’t “forget” your plan. For example, the leftover pizza goes BEHIND the berries and yogurt in the fridge.
I think you’ll discover that when you eat a satisfying and healthy breakfast, you’ll feel better and be more inclined to make healthy choices throughout the day. And better yet, you’ll free up some brain power for more important things, like world peace or climate change.
Please share some your own breakfast solutions.