“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” We’ve hear this from parents, teachers, doctors and cereal box-donning Olympians.
All too often, though, I talk to people who tell me they never eat breakfast.
Well, guess what? Our parents & teachers were right—breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Due to a crunch for time, laziness and/or lack of appetite in the wee hours of the morning, we miss out on the MIMOFTD, deeming it unessential.
But breakfast is essential; we get our energy and the nutrients we need from breakfast. If you don’t eat breakfast you’re skipping out on more than just a meal.
Luckily for me, I’m like Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation: I worship breakfast (specifically waffles and pancakes). If I could eat breakfast food for every meal of the day, I totally would (and definitely have in the past…brinner time!).
Because I hold breakfast so dear, I make it a priority & wake up an hour before I have to do anything. I literally roll out of bed each morning and, like a zombie, find my way to the coffee pot, a.k.a. my lifeline.
After access caffeine, I pour myself a glass of orange juice, a bowl of cereal & butter up a piece of toast. I spend the next 20 minutes eating, drinking and watching the sun rise. Yes, this sounds cheesy, but I need this time. I need this morning routine to charge me up for the rest of the day. We all do.
Don’t have 20 minutes? That’s no excuse. Whether you have two minutes or two hours each morning, here are some morning rituals and routines that you can adopt to ensure that you are getting your most important meal every day — no matter your schedule.
0 minutes- Just because you have zero minutes to eat breakfast doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat breakfast. In fact, if your day is starting out this hectic, then you’re definitely going to need that boost of energy. So, make breakfast the night before that you can just grab on your way out the door. Try baking some banana, zucchini or oatmeal muffins or homemade granola bars.
3 minutes- I know being addicted to coffee isn’t the greatest thing. But what if you need an energy fix and have three minutes to get it? There’s no need to wait in the coffee shop drive-thru. Make yourself a cup of tea to-go. Try Earl Grey (which has a ton of caffeine, but more nutrients than coffee) or yerba mate, which gives you a heightened sense of awareness without the caffeine.
5 minutes- Yogurt. Start your day off great with a little yogurt. Yogurt is a quick, filling snack that boosts your immune system and is a great source of morning protein. Better yet, top it off with some granola or cereal.
10 minutes- Sit down with a bowl of oatmeal or cereal.
20 minutes- Adopt my morning routine; it’s worked out pretty well for me. If you’re feeling ambitious, make a smoothie instead.
20+ minutes- Treat Yo’ Self to some waffles or pancakes with eggs. If you want something a little more healthy like a breakfast burrito.