Do you eat breakfast every morning? Many adults skip breakfast stating they don’t have time, aren’t hungry or they think coffee will do the trick. In fact, eating breakfast is an important part of an overall healthy diet. Eating breakfast can reduce overeating later on in the day and can prevent metabolism slow down, which contributes to the storage of extra fat. Making breakfast a priority can be tough, but here are a few suggestions and tips to make it a little bit easier!
Toast with Bananas and Passionfruit
This is one of my all time favs! It’s so simple to make yet so delicious. Simply toast one or two pieces of bread. Place sliced banana on each piece of toast. Top with passionfruit and drizzle with honey. The taste is sweet with a hint of tartness. Use whole grain toast which is linked to a lower risk of heart disease and certain kinds of cancers. Plus bananas are full of potassium, a nutrient that assists muscle function. Another option is to just have toast with nut butter and a banana-protein, fruit and whole grains all in one makes it a sure winner.
You know how much I love my Greek yogurt and I’m a big fan of recreating the Chobani Soho creations at home. Their combinations are delicious and full of healthy ingredients like fruits (think figs, blueberries, strawberries and pineapple), nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds), with a touch of sweetness (honey, agave, coconut shreds). With a little bit of prep, these creations can be great for on the go eating but even if you don’t have time, plain Greek yogurt has some great health benefits. Even grabbing a yogurt and a banana on your way out the door in the morning is better than nothing and will keep you going for a few hours.
Another great option is a smoothie. This is the perfect to-go option. You can assemble the ingredients in the blender the night before, toss it in the fridge and all you have to do is blend in the morning. Two great recipes I’ve shared with you before are Green Smoothies and Tropical Smoothies.
I’m not an advocate for replacing meals with liquid but a juice beverage such as the BluePrint juices shown above can be a good quick fix, especially if you don’t feel that hungry in the morning. Just be sure to follow up with a snack mid-morning that contains some protein and/or whole grains. And if you’re wondering, my favorite of the above juices was the Lemon, Cayenne and Agave followed by Lime, Ginger, Lemon and Agave.
Still stuck? If you can’t get motivated, try these few tips:
– Make a breakfast date. Instead of meeting a colleague or friend for drinks, invite them to breakfast. It will force you to sit down and actually enjoy a meal.
– Prep, prep, prep. Plan out what you’ll eat for breakfast for the week when you do your grocery shopping. Buy all the ingredients and do any prep work, like chopping, ahead of time.
– Keep food at work. Single serve oatmeal is easy, can be kept in your desk and only requires hot water to make. No excuses here!
– Make it fun! I love experimenting with new fruits. Recently I tried out a feijoa, a South American fruit that has a tropical flavor with notes of pineapple and lemon. You scoop out the inside and can eat it alone or through it in some yogurt like I did.
Readers, what is your favorite breakfast food?