Are your mornings as crazy as mine? You always hear or read, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, right? So what are most people stuck eating because they don’t have time to prepare a healthy meal? SUGAR, SUGAR, SUGAR! Prepackaged junk, like cereal bars, etc… Drive through options, donuts, microwaved breakfast sandwiches etc…. What happens after you eat that junk? Stomach ache, crash & burn, no energy and hunger pangs an hour later. You’re consuming empty useless calories.
Here’s a couple of ideas that my family and I eat on a regular basis.
- Oat groats (steel cut oats) cooked in the crock pot
- Yogurt, muesli & fruit
The Oat groats are easy. I buy them in bulk at the Honest Weight Food Co-op in Albany. It’s basically steel cut oatmeal uncut. I place it in the crock pot before I go to bed 1 cup oats; 6 cups H20. Turn on low. I’m up at 4:30am, so I turn it to high at that time so it will be ready when I’m done with my workout by 6:30am and the rest of the household starts getting up by 7:00am. It’s done, it’s hot and you can add whatever you want to it. I prefer a couple of tablespoons of real maple syrup, fresh fruit (whatever I have), walnuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I’ll also add some ground flax-seed and chia seed. They taste like nothing, but are adding protein. My kids like a sprinkle of brown sugar or honey. This is a filling breakfast packed with iron that will keep you going all morning! You won’t be famished and ready to snack before lunch.
The yogurt, muesli & fruit is very similar to the oats except it’s cold and very easy to take on the go. You could even eat this as a snack or lunch. Again, it’s filling, and packed with iron. I just started eating this combination around 6 months ago. I’ve never liked yogurt. I don’t have a sweet tooth and whenever I tried yogurt it just tasted too sweet, until I tried siggi’s. It’s amazing, siggi’s has barely any sugar in it, so combined with whatever fruit I add, it’s sweet enough for me. Muesli has raisins & dates in it, so that adds sweetness too. You have to let the muesli sit in the yogurt for at least 15 min. for it to soften.
Try these out and let me know what you think? Don’t be subjected to a junky breakfast because you have no time to prepare healthy options. What fast, easy healthy items have you made? I want to know! Please share….