A Healthy Breakfast: The Ultimate Catch 22. It’s the most important meal of the day, but yet there is a huge percentage of the population that skips it a lot more often than they should. Don’t get me wrong, I am just as guilty. When I was in University, I can embarrassingly admit that I had breakfast maybe twice a week, if lucky. In between the sleeping in, the early morning classes, and the hangover Sundays, I just somehow always ended up skipping or missing out on breakfast, despite how delicious bacon and an eggs benny may be.
But, my word of advice? STOP SKIPPING, and START EATING!
I get it. If you aren’t a morning person, the struggle is real. The cold hardwood floors, the snooze of your alarm clock, your very much empty coffee mug – and to think you still haven’t cracked open an egg yet. However, despite all these hardships, I can confidently say that the pro’s of having breakfast can outweigh the con’s… even if you manage to stub your toe with half-closed eyes. Ouch.
But here’s why:
- Eating breakfast can literally jump start your morning and keep you energizedthroughout the day
- Eating breakfast can boost up your metabolism and can help you lose weight
- Eating breakfast can contribute to your long term health by reducing heart diseases, high blood pressure, and diabetes
- Eating breakfast can make you feel smarter. It powers your brain activity to perform better and can improve memory
- Eating breakfast can help you fight cravings throughout the day
Who would have thought one measly meal at sunrise could be a solution to so many of our daily struggles?
Ok, ok, I hear you. It’s all rainbows and butterflies thinking about it now at 4pm in the afternoon, but we all know the story is different when morning rolls around. It’s way easier said than done, and the next thing you know, you are already 5 minutes late to your scheduled conference call.
The solution? Thank goodness for meal-prepping. Prep your breakfast at the beginning of the week like how you would prep your lunches. It will save you time and even allow you to sleep in a few seconds longer. Here are some of my favorite healthy recipes to start my morning.
1. Yogurt Parfaits: Keeping it simple with the trendy mason jars that us Canadians know and love. Who needs Starbucks or Timmie’s when you can DIY? Start by filling it with Greek Yogurt, and continuing layering it with chia seed, granola, nuts, and cut-up fruits! Kiwi, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, you name it, put it in. If you want to be extra healthy, opt out the granola and substitute it with muesli. And there you have it, your own breakfast-on-the-go.
See, that wasn’t too hard?
2. Avocado & Toast: A Millennial’s favorite (lol). This next simple yet filling receipt takes less than 300 seconds to make! Cut up some tomato slices beforehand and store it in your fridge. When you wake up in the morning, put two pieces of 12 grains toast in the toaster while you go brush your teeth. Then while you wait for your coffee to brew, simply spread the ripe avocado onto your golden brown pieces of toast, sprinkle it with salt & pepper, and top it off with a couple slices of tomato! My suggestion? Add a poached or sunny side up egg. You’ll thank me later.
3. Mini Quinoa Omelette Bites: Take out that muffin tray, and let’s get baking. In a medium-sized bowl, combine 2 cups cooked quinoa, 2 eggs (whole or whites), 1 cup your favorite veggies, 1/2 cup shredded cheese, and a sprinkle of garlic, salt and pepper. If you want to add meat, sprinkle in some ham or bacon into the batter. Spoon the mixture into mini muffin tins, filling to the top, and bake for 350F for 15-20 minutes. You can then freeze them to enjoy throughout the week.
4. Homemade Instant Oatmeal: Or as I like to call it, BYOO (Bring Your Own Oatmeal). Instead of purchasing the Quaker’s pre-made packets from the store, why not make your own and eat at your own disposal? Simply assemble the different ingredients in ziplock bags, and bring it with you to work! All you need is hot water then you are good to go! Suggested ingredients: rolled oats, toasted nuts or ground flaxseed, raisins, protein powder, a pinch of cinnamon, honey, and cocoa powder. For a boost of calcium and creamy flavour, you can use low-fat milk instead of water.
5. Stuffed Breakfast Peppers: What’s the one thing your parents always tell you? Eat more vegetables. Well, why not start each morning by eating breakfast IN a vegetable. Yes, that’s right, and it’s as delicious as ever. Any coloured bell pepper of your choice, slice it in half down the middle and take out the seeds. In a medium sized bowl, mix in 4 eggs, veggies of your choice, garlic, and salt + pepper. Fill each half with the batter and sprinkle any additional veggies to fill up the top. Bake at 375F for 30-35 minutes. In the morning, heat it up and top it off with a dash of hot sauce to enjoy!
Worst come to worst, if you don’t have time to cook or meal-prep, buy a blender. Trust me. All you got to do is throw everything in, and it’ll do the work for you! Add a couple handfuls of spinach or kale, a banana, some berries or mangoes, a cup of protein powder, almond milk, and there you have it. Smoothie on the go by yours truly… Who needs Booster Juice, #amirite?
Your turn. What’s your favorite breakfast?