Oh, breakfast. How many times have you heard others declare breakfast as the most important meal of the day? I think we've all heard it a time or two. And even though I know that eating a healthy, balanced breakfast can start my day off right, I struggle to make it happen. I wouldn't call myself a morning person but I really do LOVE mornings. On the rare occasion that I get to bed early enough to wake up with the sun, I remember how much I enjoy the crisp quietness that mornings bring. When I wake early, I feel like I've gotten a head start on the day. I have time to think, appreciate nature and enjoy a cup of coffee (a serious staple in my morning routine).
My ideal morning would be waking up with the sun, drinking a cup of my favorite local coffee (brewed at home) and creating or reading something inspirational. As you may notice, my ideal morning does not include breakfast. Well, not until 10 am, hours after I've polished off my bowl-sized mug of coffee.
In an effort to set myself up for success and eat breakfast more days than not, I've compiled a list of what works for me.
1 | Choose a breakfast combo that you're excited about. If you pick something delicious, then you're more likely to eat it! Hopefully, this isn't a hot cinnamon roll every morning but if it is, add fruit. I won't judge. I promise.
2 | Make it easy to grab and go. If that means prepping food in tupperware the night before, do it. If it's easier to grab instant oatmeal and an apple, roll with it. Odds are, whatever you bring from the house will be healthier than what you'll find on the run. For me, it's easier if I can eat breakfast before leaving the house, but schedules don't always work out that way. For obvious reasons, it's easier to whip up a smoothie on a hot summer morning while at home, rather than on the go. I have been known to take smoothies into the office but they can be messy to transport.
3 | Start with a breakfast size that works for you. If a banana is all you need, that's OK. Start there. Perhaps you'll add a spoonful of almond butter to your routine next month?
This week I've been digging this little combo - plain greek yogurt, coconut almond granola and fresh berries, topped with my uncle's honey.
Breakfast lovers, what is your favorite go-to combo? Non-breakfast lovers, what works for you?