Do you eat breakfast?
Or skip it?
I’ve gone from eating nothing until 3 or 4 in the afternoon to having a glass of orange juice to having a full Irish breakfast… not necessarily in that order.
At the moment I’m eating fruit, toast and cereal but as soon as my tomatoes are ripe that will change to tomato bread with olive oil and a bit of cheese. In the winter it’s oatmeal.
When I was working and had to be in the office at an appropriate time I normally grabbed something fast – often eating in the car (which I know is bad, but I was on empty country roads to start).
I stopped skipping breakfast when I discovered that it was easier to maintain my preferred weight by eating breakfast. That was a happy discovery.
Here are some ideas to help kick-start the day with a healthy, fast and easy breakfast
Great Breakfast Ideas For People With Limited Time
It has always been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day yet it is the most neglected one. People just no longer have the time to prepare breakfast. Everybody is busy with work, and even high school kids can’t eat their breakfast properly because they’re always late. While it is understandable that no one wants to be late for work or school, it is also not an excuse to skip breakfast.
Breakfast doesn’t have to be gourmet, but it should also not always be cereals, which can be high in sugar. There are simple 10-minute breakfast recipes that you could follow or prepare the night before. All you need to do is actually be willing to prepare them. Below are great breakfast ideas for those with limited time
1. Breakfast burritos. Almost everybody loves a good burrito. Now, you can have it for breakfast as well. Frozen breakfast burritos are great for people on-the-go. You can prepare it during the weekend and simply keep it in your freezer. Take it out of the freezer when you want to eat it and reheat for one or two minutes. Remember that you can put in anything you want to make the burrito healthier.
You will need a tortilla, vegetables of your choice, and some protein such as ham, bacon, beans, and some guacamole. There are endless possibilities. If you are not into guacamole, you can opt for other dips and salsas or Greek tzatziki.
2. Overnight oats. Overnight oats are healthy and easy to prepare. You have to do it the night before because the process cooks the oats but slower. Soaking the oats overnight breaks down the starches and decreases the natural phytic acid. This process actually makes it easier for the oats to be digested by the body compared to cooking them. Oats are gluten-free, but some people find oats hard to digest so this is a great way for them to eat this kind of meal.
All you need for one serving of overnight oats is a half cup of rolled oats, half a cup of milk (almond milk
if for vegans), coconut sugar or stevia, flaxseed or chia seed, and top it off with two or three kinds of fruit. You can also add peanut butter for more protein. Keep it in the fridge and take it out the next morning and enjoy your overnight oats.
3. Avocado toast. Avocado is one of the best sources of good fat. It is loaded with vitamins and fiber. Plus, it tastes great. Avocado toast is one of the easiest meals that can be prepared. There are also different choices that you can put on your toast. However, choose whole-grain bread to make it healthier.
Toast the bread and top it with cottage cheese, tomatoes, and avocado. Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper. Now, there are other varieties, of course. You can use smoked salmon, eggs, peppers, and whatever you can think of that will taste great with avocado. It will give you enough energy in the morning and make your body function properly.
4. Smoothie bowl. Smoothie bowls are great for breakfast because they are so easy to prepare, but will give you the energy you need. They are a great source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. However, if you are trying to lose weight, be sure that you do not use too much fruit because it can be high in sugar.
Use almond milk for your smoothie bowl and mix it with frozen berries or bananas. Top it with seeds such as chia seed and flaxseed for more protein. You can also top it with more fruits, but do not go overboard.
5. Frittatas. Frittatas may take more than 10 minutes to prepare, but the good thing about it is that it can stay in the fridge for up to five days. That means you can make it during the weekend and have frittatas for breakfast for the next few days. Reheat it in the microwave in the morning or in the oven.
Simply sauté the greens that you like such as kale or spinach, add bacon for flavor and some fat, whisk in the eggs, and then top it with parmesan cheese or whatever is available to you. You can cook it in the oven to make sure it is evenly cooked inside or just low to medium heat on the stove.
There are so many breakfast choices that are quick and easy to prepare. Skipping this meal will only make you hungrier during lunch and dinner. When your body is starving, your brain will tell you to eat more during your next meal. However, when you don’t skip meals, you will have the energy you need during the day and you will be less prone to weight gain.