If you live a busy schedule and find time to not be on your side some days, you may know the dread of trying to find a healthy breakfast that you can grab for on the go. This is especially true if you have kids that are demanding your attention and an early morning work day start.
Your first meal of the day is one of your most important meals. Even if you are intermittent fasting and not eating “breakfast,” that first meal will set you up for the rest of your day. Here is why — (Just want the meal ideas? Scroll down to delicious quick recipes)
- It “breaks” the “fast” from the night before and gives the body nutrients to supply the body with energy for the day.
- It stabilizes your blood sugar levels and can help to balance and prevent type 2 diabetes.
- It can help you lose weight by balancing your hormones, decreasing your stress levels, and stabilizing your blood sugar levels so that you are not a ravenous monster later on in the day.
- It might enhance memory, attention, the speed of processing information, reasoning, creativity, learning, and verbal abilities. Why? All about stabilizing glucose levels through a balanced first meal.
- It will decrease moodiness by staving off the “hangeries” (aka anger produced by being hungry). Think happier coworkers, kids, and spouse — and happier you.
- It can protect your gut lining when drinking coffee in the morning. Coffee is rough on your gut-lining and when you are drinking coffee without food, not only will your cortisol levels spike without something to help balance them out, but your gut-lining may have havoc wrecked on it too. This can set you up for a slew of other health issues.
Beyond Your Cup Of Coffee
So, what are some quick, simple, complete, nutritious first meal ideas to get you out the door fast? Here are 5 options that you can prepare in 5 minutes or less.
- Banana and nut butter sprinkled with chia seeds: Banana and nut butter makes me feel like a kid again! Grab a to-go container with a lid. Cut up the banana (or mash it) and put a liberal amount of nut butter on top. Sprinkle it with chia seeds to give you straight up energy. Snap the lid on and get rolling.
- Skinny Wrap: Grab a sprouted grain wrap (heat if you have time) and put a handful of salad greens, feta cheese, and a spread (pesto, hummus, etc) on the wrap. Really, you can put whatever you want inside it. Roll it and run.
- Sprouted grain bread with coconut oil, cinnamon, and nut butter: Coconut oil is so good for energy and holding you over until your next snack. Cinnamon is fabulous for controlling sugar cravings. Grab a piece or two of sprouted grain bread and cover it in coconut oil. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top and then top that off with a spread of nut butter. Make a sandwich if it fits your fancy.
- Organic greek, grass-fed yogurt with almonds and granola: Nothing screams fast like a cup of yogurt! Stick with high-quality greek yogurt like organic grass-fed yogurt. Pop the top, eat a spoonful, and then add in granola and almonds to fill it back up. Pop the lid back on and out the door you go.
- Sliced hard-boiled egg and avocado: This is a powerhouse combo for first meals. Slice up a hard-boiled egg (make sure that it is organic pasture-raised), slice 1/2 avocado over top, sprinkle it with sea salt and pepper, garnish with red pepper flakes or a small dash of hot sauce (optional). You can also sprinkle it with other herbs if you would rather have that.
Fruit/Green Smoothie: Smoothies are so versatile and you can add so many delicious foods into it to make it a complete meal. For a quick version, put 8 oz of coconut or almond milk and 8 oz of water in a blender. Add a scoop of high-quality protein powder, a piece (or handful) of your favorite fruit, a handful of spinach, 1-2 tbsp of chia seeds, 5-6 ice cubes and blend that baby up. Add a bit of stevia if needed. Bonus additives? 1-2 tsp of green powder and 1-2 tsp of maca powder. Green powder and maca are good hormone balancers. Put it in a shaker cup or secure mug and enjoy on your car ride.
Tips From The Pros
Make your meal the night before. Making your meal the night before ensures that it will be ready for you to grab on the go — no excuses. Set yourself up for success with this one little habit change.
Did you know that hectic mornings and chronic stress can age you? Here is my morning routine to slow the aging process (and make you happier and more energetic!). Click the link below!
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