This is a season, when even more than usual, we always seem to be rushing. If your mornings are hectic, and that is a common excuse for skipping breakfast, here are three simple & quick, on the go breakfast options and 3 others for when you have a few more minutes in your day.
Try to remember, that taking the time to eat, sitting down and being conscious of what and how much you are eating is a big part of being successful in creating a healthy lifestyle…but sometimes, we hit the snooze button one to many times, our to-do list doubles over night or it’s just “one of THOSE days”. On those occasions, hopefully these are some ideas that will help you to start your day fueled properly so that though the morning may start crazy, it doesn’t completely derail the rest of your day.
As is the case so often, planning ahead is a big part of succeeding. A habit in our family is to always have boiled eggs on hand. We usually do a dozen up at a time. You can find tips for boiling eggs here.
5 mins and your out the door:
- 1-2 boiled eggs
- ¼ cup of cashews or almonds
- 2-3 handfuls of baby spinach
- 1/2-1 frozen banana cut into slices. (I like to peel them prior to freezing, if I’ve got the time I’ll even cut them up, freeze them on a cookie sheet and then put them into a container or Ziploc baggie).
- ½ an avocado
- 1 cup of cold water (or more to taste)
*If you find it challenging to get protein into your diet you can add a flavourless or vanilla flavoured whey protein powder into this shake. I don’t like to use a lot of protein powders, but sometimes there is a place for them, just don’t become dependent on them for your main source of protein. If weight loss is part of your goal, it’s easy to drink too many calories and still not feel satiated. The best way to get protein ultimately is from a food source.
This is also a great shake to introduce around St Patricks Day to kids as it is the one time of year most of them are willing to try something green! Increase the banana a little, and a little less spinach to start. Before you know it they may be willing to drink them on a regular basis!
- ¾ cup of plain Greek yogurt
- ½ pint of berries
- 2 tbsp of hemp hearts
You can even turn this into a smoothie by blending it with a bit of water, which is a great option in the winter with frozen berries.
And if you have 10 minutes and time to sit down, you can whip up any of the following:
- 6” whole grain wrap (we like Dempster’s Ancient Grains)
- 2 eggs scrambled
- a small amount of grated cheese about 2 tbsp – optional
- salsa to taste
*you can even line the wrap with some baby spinach, or toss some in the pan with your eggs, try adding avocado to increase your healthy fats. Another one that is usually popular with kids.
Steel cut oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill brand, I make up a pot and have porridge all ready to go for several days. It keeps well in the fridge and I can take a serving add a bit of water or milk and warm it up. 20 mins of cooking equals 4 x 1 min breakfasts!)
- Make as directed and add
- 1tsp-1tbsp of almond butter
- ½ cup of blueberries (if using frozen, thaw first)
If trying to wean your kids (or yourself) off of instant oatmeal and you like peanut butter and jam sandwiches a great option for flavours is:
- 1tsp-1tbsp of natural peanut butter
- 1 tbsp of homemade “jam” – 2 cups of frozen strawberries, ¼ chia seeds. Allow berries to thaw, then mash with a fork until desired consistency. Mix in chia seeds and let stand for 15 mins. Will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.
- ¾ cup of cottage cheese
- ¼ cup of walnut pieces
- ¼ cup of raisins
- Cinnamon to taste
I cannot stomach cottage cheese, I have tried a multitude of ways over the years and with the exception of lasagna :), this is the only way I can take the texture.
We hope you can find something here that pleases the taste buds. If you find yourself just not hungry in the morning look at what you are eating before bed. You may be taking in too much, too close to bedtime so that when you wake up your body is still full and unable to send the proper signals. If snacking at night is a problem, often not being hungry in the morning goes hand in hand. If you’ve had dinner and find yourself munchie a few hours later have a glass of water, or a warm cup of tea. Try and find a hobby to keep your hands busy. Night time snacking can be a challenge for us all…so perhaps we’ll leave that to another post 🙂
As always, feel free to comment and let us know what you think. Do you have any “go-to’s” for busy days? Here’s hoping you all start tomorrow right!
“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and qive up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it” ~ Michael Jordan