Boost Your Breakfast Game
Listen, I know. You’ve heard it before. “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” This is not news to you. But are you actually doing it? For a lot of us, finding the time and the motivation to do a full breakfast on a weekday morning is a lot to take on. We skip it entirely, or try to convince ourselves that coffee counts as “breakfast”. It doesn’t.
I know you know, but I’m gonna tell you again anyway. Eating breakfast will boost your metabolism. It will keep your blood sugar levels level throughout the day. You’ll reduce the risk of cravings and overeating in the rest of the day. People who skip breakfast are much more likely to be restless, irritable, and tired.
So let’s try to make it easy to get excited about breakfast, and easy to get it into your body.
Eat. Just eat.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by believing there is just one “right” way to eat in the morning. And when we get overwhelmed, we’re much more likely to give up and go back to convincing ourselves that lunch is basically brunch and not eating until noon on a busy Wednesday is completely okay.
So Activation Products is officially giving you permission to just eat in the morning. Even if you grab a banana or an apple as you run out the door, that is so much better than nothing. Have a second to slather some nut butter on a piece of bread? Even better. A hunk of ham from the back of your fridge? I have literally never been prouder of your life choices.
Prep the night before
Everything else in this blog post is going to be about ways to make incremental improvements upon that first point. Never lose sight of that first point. But let’s imagine we’ve all accepted it and have gotten really good at blindly reaching into the fridge and eating whatever we come out holding.
Now let’s build on that. And let’s start by introducing the idea of prepping food before you go to sleep.
- Hard boil some eggs. Hard-boiled eggs are beautiful little bundles of everything you need to start your day, and they come in their own carrying cases.
- Pre-cut fruit and/or veggies and put them into containers
- Go farther: make a container with yogurt, granola, and fruit. Invest in single-serving high fiber, low-sugar cereals. Keep a spoon in your bag and you’ll never go hungry.
- Or max out your breakfast potential and create a whole little breakfast box. Have you seen the protein boxes sold by a certain large coffee chain? All that is is a hard boiled egg, a pita, some peanut butter, grapes, apples, and cheese. You can easily recreate that format at home, and then you’ve got your whole flavour profile covered—whatever you want in the morning, you’ve got options
Choose things you like
It’s hard to work up the enthusiasm to do all the work of prep, or to give up time in the morning that could be spent sleeping, if you end up with flavorless oats and a sense of regret. So whatever you’re eating in the morning, it needs to taste good and make you feel good. This means you’ll need to experiment a bit with recipes until you find your groove with a few things.
The goal with breakfast is to fill yourself up with energy and resources that will last a long time. You can do this with nut butters, with oats, with eggs, with tofu, with meat. You also want to kick start your system with a vitamin boost, which comes in the form of fruit and veg. Add some hydration and you’re good to go!
Looking for some inspiration? We love this 30-day Breakfast Challenge from PopSugar, which runs the gamut from sweet to savoury, and includes 10-minutes-or-less recipes for those days when it’s a struggle to get out the door on time: https://www.popsugar.com/food/Breakfast-Meal-Plan-38342222
Once you figure out what you like, you can build a base of basic recipes, and from there it’s smooth sailing with experimentation. It’s all about making breakfast a habit, because once you make it a habit your energy levels will be more sustainably up, and it will be easier to contemplate the more complicated recipes.
Load up on the good stuff
Taking your breakfast to the next level is all about the easy add-ins to boost your body right from the beginning of the day. Our favorite breakfast addition is flaxseed oil. This oil is a must-have part of your breakfast, because it boosts digestion and aids in balancing the blood sugar. Once it’s in your system, it helps keep you feeling even-keeled and ready for anything the day throws your way. Unlike the highs and lows of caffeine or sugar, you can depend on flaxseed oil to not make you crash hard at 3 p.m.
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