Making the Most out of Breakfast

You’ve heard it said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  While that may or may not be the case for everyone, I do believe that a good breakfast can help set the tone for the rest of your day.  After fasting all night, your body is craving both nutrition and fluids.  You’re slightly dehydrated from going so long without liquids, and your blood sugar has started to dip.  It’s time to refuel!

Nutritious breakfast

One of my favorite breakfast meals – mini WW bagel w/PB, boiled egg, and strawberries with granola.

I won’t lie, breakfast food are just about my favorite foods.  I love eggs and waffles and toast.  Pancakes are divine and I’m a big fan of muffins.  Whether simple Continental style or the full course buffet, I really enjoy breakfast.  And I almost never skip it.  (If you follow my Instagram feed, you already know this!)

Research shows that those people who eat breakfast – both children and adults – tend to have a healthier BMI.  That means they are more likely a healthy weight and have lower risk for some diseases.  But let’s not just eat any old breakfast – let’s make it nutritious.  Work to include a variety of foods, a good source of protein, high fiber option, a bit of good fat, and some fruits and/or vegetables.

Breakfast does not have to be fussy. It can be quick or, when time allows, it can be a production.  I’ve learned that I can do a lot the night before to help make breakfast easier.  Prepping some ingredients in advance, making big batches of favorites to freeze, and even putting out my dishes the night before all helps.  Here are some of my favorite quick and easy breakfast go-to foods:

  • Oats – Overnight oats are an easy way to make something delicious the night before and eat it
    Egg sandwich

    Topped with a little chopped avocado and tomato, this is a better egg-in-a-hole.

    right out of the fridge.  I also love them warm and steamy on the stove or in the microwave in a pinch.

  • Waffles – You can also make yeast waffle batter the night before and then it’s ready to go first thing in the morning.  Or make a big batch and freeze some to reheat in the toaster when needed. Pancakes are just waffles without the maple syrup crannies.
  • Eggs – Scrambled or boiled eggs, fried egg sandwich, and egg-in-a-hole are all quick and easy and make it on my plate more mornings than not.
  • Peanut Butter – We do this on toast, waffles, in oatmeal, smoothies, and occasionally straight off the spoon.
  • Fruit – Fresh, frozen and dried, fruit goes on almost every breakfast dish around here!

A good breakfast is the right way to fuel your day, keep fueled until lunchtime, and help you focus.  What are your go-to breakfast ideas?  Are you a breakfast skipper?  What keeps you from eating breakfast?  If you’re struggling for ideas, be sure to follow me on Instagram – I’ve heard the pics are mouthwatering!  😉

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