From Monday to Friday, it is easy to gloss over your first meal since mornings tend to be the busiest time of day.
But, there’s nothing better to kick-start your day than a healthy and nutritious breakfast. Kathy Freston, a New York Times bestselling author of vegan books states it best when she says,
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you feed yourself what your body needs when it needs it, that's love. So give your bod some TLC and sit down and enjoy a good, substantial breakfast.”
Adults and children tend to be more irritable and lethargic when missing their initial meal of the day, which affects their attitude at work or school. The bright, energetic summer days are no longer here to boost our mood, so I found another way to get energy on weekday mornings – a delicious, nutritious breakfast.
- A slice of freshly toasted whole-grain bread topped generously with a healthy nut butter spread can only be accompanied with one vegetable. Avocados are loaded with monounsaturated fatty acids that are great for your cardiovascular system and satiating your rumbling stomach. Mashed or sliced, mixed with a tablespoon of chopped red onion, and topped with a little salt and pepper, avocados provide you with an abundance of energy to start off your day. Experiment with different combinations to give yourself the perfect breakfast.
- Maybe you have to deliver five kids to three different schools all while making sure that they have their lunches, schoolwork, and proper clothing for the day. Rushing those little bodies around the house and out the door doesn’t give you much time to stop for a proper meal. This is where I find that whipping up a green protein smoothie can keep me going until I can sit down for a full meal. For added convenience, I prepare the fruits beforehand and then freeze what I can. I have one to two cups of fruit in each bag, in portions that are ready to throw into the blender.
- With a name so close to perfect, parfaits are only as healthy as you make them. The best choice is to go for organic, no-added-sugar yogurt as the groundwork for a healthy cup. Fresh, organic fruit like strawberries, apples, or kiwis add a natural sweetness that is much better for you than added sugars. Mix it up every few days to get different nutrients from different fruit and to keep your palate guessing.
- Some mornings, I admit I am unprepared and scrambling to find enough food to scrape together for myself and my kids. Freezers are my saving grace that allows me to whip up and store large batches of protein-filled energy balls. They only need a few minutes to thaw out, so they are the perfect time-savers. My kids are so used to my stockpile of energy balls that they check the freezer automatically when there’s nothing on the table! OK, they do seem like snacks, but the energy balls are actually super healthy because I can control the sweetness, and I use healthier alternatives such as almond butter and organic honey.
- On the chilly mornings, your stomach yearns for something warm and nutritious like a piping hot bowl of oatmeal. Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber and has a healthy amount of protein, which will give your stomach the feeling of being full. Stick with steel-cut oats or rolled oats when possible to cut down on added sugars. You can prepare the oats on the weekend and simply reheat a bowl in the morning, adding your own toppings for additional flavor (goji berries are a healthy option).