Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but typically mornings can also be the most hectic time of the day, filled with getting kids ready for school, preparing lunches, doing last minute chores, and trying to prepare for the long work day ahead. When you’re left scrambling, breakfast can easily turn into grabbing a carb-filled muffin, or swinging through the drive-thru for sugar-laden donuts, bagels loaded with cream cheese, or a greasy breakfast burrito with hash browns.
While those options may seem like a necessity given your busy life, are they really fueling you for the day ahead? Are you providing your body with the nutrients and energy it needs to power through that early meeting, to be alert for that afternoon conference call and have the energy for your evening workout and helping the kids with homework? And are you giving yourself the best chance of maximizing success in the day ahead?
The reality is, these options, while seemingly convenient, are slowing you down and making your life more difficult and less efficient. But, we have good news! A healthy breakfast doesn’t mean you have to have a sit-down meal that comes along with prep-work and the dreaded cleanup.
These quick and easy breakfast tips can help start your day out on the right foot and ensure you’re fueled for your day ahead, without slowing down your morning craziness!
1) Make Breakfast Ahead Of Time
There’s no need to throw away your health goals/progress because you’re short on time. Take time on Sunday and plan out your breakfasts for the week. Having pre-made breakfasts ready to grab and go will ensure you’re filling your body with healthy protein, carbs, and fats. This will keep you full and focused for the busy day ahead. Some tips for making breakfast ahead of time include healthy options such as overnight oats or making your morning smoothie the evening before and freezing the ingredients in a ziplock bag so all you need to do in the morning is add some liquid and blend!
2) Fuel Your Mornings With A, Clean Healthy Meal Replacement Shake
Clean protein and healthy carbs and fats will keep you satiated and stave off those hunger cravings all morning long while providing the energy to power through your day. Additionally, it can aid in the stabilization of your blood sugar and optimize your brain function for a focused day. Our favorite meal replacement shake is our Nourify PLUS. Nourify PLUS is plant-based, provides 20g of vegan protein, healthy carbs and fats, and an array of high-quality micronutrients, with a digestive enzyme and 1 billion probiotics per serving. This gluten free, soy free and dairy free option gives your body the macro- and micronutrients it needs to fuel your busy day.
3) Add Some Fiber
Fiber is another thing to keep in mind when choosing a healthy breakfast. Fiber helps your digestive system thrive and also keeps you feeling full as well. Seeds and nuts can be great additions to your breakfast and will provide fiber and some crunch as well. Try adding one tablespoon of chia seeds to your morning shake, overnight oats, or smoothie to pack in about 6 grams of fiber.
4) Build Into Your Schedule
Make breakfast a priority in your morning routine. Don’t just grab and go at the nearest fast food joint or convenience store. Take the time to sit down and nourish yourself. Keep in mind, the main purpose of breakfast is to provide your body with fuel after a long break from eating, so don’t put it off until lunch.
5) Stay Hydrated
It’s important to remember that as well as going without food overnight, your body has also gone without liquids. Always include a drink (preferably water) with your breakfast. Also, if you’re a coffee drinker, which can contribute to dehydration, make sure you follow it up with a glass water. Dehydration can cause tiredness, headaches, and mess with your mood as well. Start your day with a glass of water to quench your thirst.
Starting each day off with a healthy breakfast is one way to ensure you stick with your health goals and even on those busy mornings, where nothing is going right, keep these tips in mind. Think of your breakfast as the fuel for success and fuel for your busy day. You’ll be much more productive, efficient and energized if you’re giving your body the best fuel possible! It’ll help you turn the day around and your health will thank you!