By Vivian Drury
Mornings aren’t always the easiest. You often find yourself pushing the snooze button as many times as you can until you glance at the clock with sheer panic, realizing you have exactly thirteen minutes to be out the door. You pull together an outfit, quickly brush on some powder and apply some messy mascara, and sprint out the door to beat the rush at Starbucks.
However, you’re forgetting one crucial detail that is vital for a productive day: BREAKFAST! The Huffington Post did a study on people age 18-34 and discovered that about 30% don’t eat breakfast. Breakfast is called the most important meal of the day for a reason! Eating in the morning fuels your body up for the day after a night of rest and no nutrients.
Breakfast shouldn’t be just a croissant or doughnut with your heavenly cup of coffee, though. As soon as you wake up, your body is looking to break down food as soon as possible because your last meals were broken down throughout the night. This means that whatever you eat in morning, your body will break down and absorb quickly and fuel your body.
A wake up meal full of vitamins and protein is best. Breakfast should also be your biggest meal of the day because your body will have the most time to break it down and it needs nutrients after a night of sleep.
Now I know what you’re going to say: I don’t have time to be making a full meal in the morning. You want and need your sleep and, trust me, I do too. But there are so many easy meals and time saving tips that can breakfast a breeze!
Smoothie bowls are an easy and fresh way to start the day. All you need is whatever fruit you have lying around and a blender. I like to use my NutriBullet because it makes one serving and clean up is much easier.
Smoothie bowls are also great because you put anything in them. Common ingredients include veggies like spinach or kale, a liquid like milk or juice, chia or flax seeds, and any kind of fruit. Fruit can be frozen or fresh, totally up to you! I also like to use almond milk because it has less calories and more calcium than regular milk. Adding in flax or chia seeds will keep you fuller for longer, which is great for a busy day in class or at the office. All you have to do is toss everything in the blender, blend until smooth, and then just put in a bowl or a cup. If you put it in a bowl, feel free to add toppings like extra fruit or almonds or craisins to give yourself that extra boost!
Smoothie bowls can also be made overnight and just kept in the fridge so you can shave some time off your morning routine.
Omelette in the Microwave:
Need a quick shot of protein the morning? Microwave omelettes are perfect for getting your day started on a high note. Simply fill a glass mug with whatever you like in your omelette; any type of cheese, meat, or veggie will do. I like to use spinach, ham, and green peppers for a fresh start. Then, in a separate bowl, crack two eggs and combine them with a fork. I prefer to use egg whites, but you are free to use the yolk as well. Pour the eggs into the mug and put the mug in the microwave for thirty seconds. Keep an eye on it while its ‘s the microwave. Once the thirty seconds is up, take it out, mix it together with a fork, and put it back in for another thirty seconds. Continue this process until the eggs are cooked all the way through.
Once the eggs are cooked all the way through, enjoy! This simple breakfast gives your body the protein it needs to keep you full and focused until lunch.
Overnight oats became my favorite breakfast this summer. They’re so quick and easy and fill you up. There’s also so many different ways to make them, so you are free to try many different combinations. Also, you can make single servings or large servings of oats and store the rest in the fridge for the next few days.
Start by putting the rolled oats in a bowl. Next, add any type of milk. If you want to make it thicker, you can use greek yogurt instead of oats. Then, add your favorite fruits. I liked to do banana and blueberries because the oats would soak up the milk and the juice from the blueberries and it is a very sweet, fresh flavor. The oats need a little bit of flavor to make them sweet, so toss in some vanilla, nutmeg, or cinnamon to spice it up a little. Mix it all together and toss the bowl in the fridge. Let the mixture sit over night and in the morning, just grab your oats and go! The oats are chilled so it wakes you up in more fresh and natural way than your average cup of coffee.
Like smoothie bowls, there are so many different ways to experiment with overnight oats. You can create any combination you want, like chocolate strawberry with strawberries and cocoa powder.
Feel free to experiment with your morning eating routine. Make breakfast more about fueling your body with the foods you love than just another thing to do in the morning. Your body and mind will thank you!