Everyone is familiar with the saying, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” you may have heard this saying from your mother growing up. We can look at breakfast as the meal that will either make or break your day from a nutritional standpoint. Having a healthy and well-balanced breakfast each morning will impact how you perform physically and mentally. Breakfast immediately increases your body’s energy and restores your body’s glucose level to normal from an overnight of fasting. A well-designed breakfast, especially for those who are training will include an adequate amount of carbohydrates to help fuel muscles and the nervous system, as well as other essential nutrients to impact the body’s glucose levels.
We all know about the facts as to why we should eat breakfast: metabolism and energy rates increase decrease in bad cholesterol levels as well as health problems such as Diabetes, and it will elevate your mood throughout your day. Then why do we not prioritize and include breakfast in our regular schedule? The main reason that comes to mind is that we all live a busy and fast paced life, which is why a large amount of people do not have time to intake a healthy well-balanced breakfast. Fast-foods and instant messaging are what we rely and focus on, on a daily basis causing a large toll in our health. We use excuses like, “I have no time in the mornings” or “I am not hungry,” referring to why we did not eat breakfast. We’re all guilty of using these excuses here and there, but if you’re really committed to your health and changing your diet in 2015 try some of these pointers on how to have a healthy breakfast daily with your busy schedule.
Instead of having just plain boring cereal with milk that can be repetitive, you can find fun and fast ways to have breakfast every morning!
Have breakfast in a blender!
The smoothie craze is not going anytime soon and why should it? It is a fast and easy method to get a healthy amount of fruit, veggies and protein in your system to start the day. A smoothie takes approximately five to eight minutes to make and as you are blending it you can attempt to multi-task. It is also something you can take on the go and drink it while you’re driving or while you’re getting ready to leave the house. We have a simple and quick receipt for you: A banana, handful of berries (frozen ones are the best!), one or two scoops of protein with almond milk or rice milk, if you want you can also add flax seeds and honey if you have a sweet tooth!
Mason Jar your oatmeal’s
Instead of cooking your oatmeal in the morning you can cut down some time by preparing it the night before. Place oatmeal (it can be rolled or steel), milk, cinnamon, chia seeds and any fruit of your preference in a Mason Jar and allow it to sit overnight in the fridge. This will allow the oats to absorb the milk causing it to puff out and soften up. In the morning, you can put the oatmeal in the microwave and eat it hot. This is a great source of fiber and other nutrients to kick start your day.
Prepare your meals ahead of time
If you know you have a busy week ahead of you, schedule a day where you can solely focus on cooking. Many fitness gurus and athletes dedicate one day a week to prep their entire meal, you can do this as well, but you can also start with only preparing your breakfast. Make enough pancakes or waffles then seal them tightly with a plastic wrap and place them in the freezer. Once you wake up in the morning remember to remove it from the freezer to let it set while you do your morning routine. Place the item in the microwave or the toaster for a few minutes then enjoy it with fruits or yogurt for a quick easy breakfast.
Remember, it’s the little things you do daily that will add up to a healthier life. Little components such as walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator and using these helpful tips will help you kick start your way to a healthier and happier year!