We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. People who eat breakfast have more energy. They live longer. And strangely enough, they tend to weigh less than people who don’t eat breakfast. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t eat breakfast, what’s stopping you?
You don’t have time.
You aren’t hungry.
You don’t like breakfast foods.
You can’t eat that early in the morning.
Any of these excuses sound familiar to you? You’re in luck. I’ll share five breakfasts that put these excuses to shame, and will turn you into a breakfast loving person in no time.
1. Green smoothies
If you aren’t a health food person, this may not sound like a great way to start. Stick with me. If you’ve never had one, it doesn’t have to taste like spinach or kale. Try this recipe to start. If you like orange juice, you’ll like it. Don’t like oranges? Try strawberries.
There is nothing that makes you feel healthier than starting your day with fruits and vegetables. And once you know the basic recipe, the possibilities are endless. You can use whatever is in season.
This is a great fix for those who don’t have time to eat, or aren’t hungry, or don’t like to eat in the morning. Carry a cup around for your morning chores, during your morning bible time, or in the car on your way to work.
2. Carrot juice
I’ve never been overly fond of carrots. Carrot juice has always been one of my husband’s favorite treats. I’m going to be honest with you–I thought it was one of the grossest things I’d ever heard of. But then I learned a trick. It’s still not my favorite, but I like it quite a bit now. See how I make it here.
This is another solution to those who don’t want solid food first thing in the morning or don’t have time to sit down and eat.
3. Protein/whey juice
This is the breakfast I have most. I use one scoop of Pure Protein Whey Protein Powder, Rich Chocolate in a tall glass of milk. I like to mix it on low in the VitaMix for a minute until it’s good and mixed. I’m sure you could just mix it with a spoon, but I don’t have time. I toss it in, turn it to low, go brush my hair or dress a child, then come back and pour it back into my glass.
I put a little water and a drop of dishsoap in the Vitamix and turn it on low for a minute while I do something else, while it cleans itself. That’s it.
I would suggest a generic protein powder. Most can be mixed in either milk or water. I only linked to the Pure Protein one because I like it (and at the time of writing this, it has a $1 coupon available–which it often does). If you’re careful to read the label, you can find many good ones.
4. Fruited casserole
If you’re one of those people who has time to eat, but not the time to prepare things, or you really don’t like breakfast foods in general, maybe you could try my fruited casserole every once in awhile. It’s made with whatever fruits you have on hand (or maybe even canned peaches, apples, etc.) the night before.
When you get up in the morning, toss it in the oven. It will be ready by the time you’re showered and dressed. I love to make this Saturday nights and serve it Sunday mornings. Nothing makes me feel more empowered than being able to serve a hot and healthy homemade breakfast to my family on a hectic Sunday morning.
5. Cold Oats
Not keen on drinking something for breakfast and don’t want to bother with the oven? Try some cold oats. Again, it uses whatever fruits you have on hand, and is made up the night before. This is the perfect breakfast for the woman who rushes out the door and has a long drive to work (yes, I’ll eat in the car).
Make cold oats right into pint canning jars for the whole week–a different flavor each day if you want. On your way out the door each day just grab one with a long spoon.
This is a breakfast of choice when I have to wake up and toss all the kids in the car to go somewhere. They eat at their own pace, and eating out of a jar in the car is not nearly as messy as eating out of a bowl would be.
What are some power breakfasts that you can think of that defy the norm?