Let’s talk about the importance of a good breakfast + examples
If you’re like me the last thing you think about before falling asleep at night is waking up and being able to eat a good and delicious breakfast that’s tailored to my needs and wants. There are also a lot of people out there that don’t take the time or simply just don’t like eating breakfast in the morning. In my opinion a lot of people can benefit from eating breakfast more often simply for the reasons that I am going to talk about down below.
My thoughts on not having breakfast in the morning is this: if you’re trying to perform/ work to the best of your abilities, how can we expect our bodies to do so if we don’t feed it the nutrition needed to actually perform properly. We all know that food gives us energy so why not start by doing that in the morning? We have gone through a period of 6-9 hours (however long you sleep) where we haven’t taken in any food and our bodies are going to ask for it sooner or later. Besides needing the nutrients to let our body and brain function properly, it helps to not feel hungry when you’re trying to get your tasks done. When you have the nagging feeling of wanting food you’re not able to focus and be as productive as you could be if you simply eat the right foods when your body needs it. You will notice that when you start having breakfast you’re going to be able to focus more and be better at performing the task at hand.
When we commit to eating breakfast in the morning it becomes part of a routine and it can make your mornings a lot more enjoyable. Instead of just going through the motions it will give you something to look forward to in the early hours of the day. Another important benefit of eating breakfast is that we give our metabolism a boost after not eating for that the X amount of hours while we were sleeping, this will actually make your body burn more calories in the long run. Eating food in the morning will actually lower the chances of gaining weight/ fat / diabetes etc. because our food cravings are not as frequent and as bad. Breakfast is the first step in controlling our nutrition every single day. By eating breakfast we lower the chances of snacking on shitty foods and making bad decisions later on in the day.
If your reason for not having breakfast because you’re short on time I am going to give you a couple of easy options down below. These options don’t take a lot of time to prepare and some of them can be made in advance as well.
- overnight oats: It’s a big trend right now and for a good reason, it’s easy to prepare and delicious to eat. Just soak your oats in either water or milk the night before, add some fruit/nuts/protein powder/ peanut butter in the morning and you’re good to go.
- pre-boiled eggs: super simple right here, boil a batch of eggs in advance and keep them in your fridge. The day you need them just heat them up in the microwave, grab yourself some toast, fruit or whatever else you might want and that’s it.
- Yoghurt: I would put this in the same category as the overnight oats, you can mix in anything that you want to make it a little bit more interesting and get some more nutrients in. Add some fruit, nuts, granola and seeds to your yoghurt and it will change it up for the better.
- Smoothies: Super easy and delicious, you can even drink these while on the road if you’re really in a hurry. Put some everything you want in a blender, turn it on. It’s fast and easy enough to do the morning of but you can also prepare them days in advance to keep in your fridge. Just a simple 2 minute recipe down below:
- 1 banana
- 1 tbsp porridge oats
- 80g soft fruit (whatever you have – strawberries, blueberries, and mango all work well)
- 150ml milk
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Put all the ingredients in a blender and whizz for 1 min until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into two glasses to serve.
With just these 4 different ideas there’s really no excuse not to eat breakfast. There are 1000’s of easy options when it comes to preparing your breakfast either in advance or the morning of, these 4 are just to give you an idea and a base to get you going. Wake up 10 to 15 minutes earlier so you can actually enjoy your food instead of just forcing it down.