We’ve all probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? And how often do you skip it because there is just no time when you are rushing out the door to get wherever you need to be?
Yep! I’ve been there too!
I mean seriously, why is each morning like a triathlon? I don’t care how much I prepare the night before and think we are all set for the morning, or that I’ve gotten up early enough to get ahead of the chaos, it’s a guarantee for something, even small to go crazy. I’m not just talking about on the week days when everyone is trying to get out the door to drop kids off at daycare or get to work, this happens on the weekends too! The only nice thing about the weekends is that we can take it a little more in stride. Typically, we come out of it all just fine and realize that this is just part of the “Happy” that life throws at us, but a break every now and then is nice.
Aside from no time, I used to think not eating in the morning would keep me skinnier! Crazy I know!
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When I started eating healthier, one of the things that I really hadn’t done before, but started doing, was adding breakfast to my meal routine.
Once I started eating breakfast I felt so much better, but as life continued to pick up and transition into a more hectic morning routine, it became harder to make sure I had breakfast, let alone that it be something healthy.
Identify breakfast staples that work for you
Finding a way to prep breakfast foods was the first step in helping me overcome this hump! Because I don’t mind eating the same thing every day, I found a couple of options in overnight oats and smoothies. My body responds better when I change it up a little and add variety to breakfast so I had to figure out how I could make that happen.
I decided that on the weekends when I don’t have to rush out the door, that I do have a little more time to actually make something real time. The day’s I have a little more time I make some sort of toast option.
For the week days, it’s all about making sure I prep smoothies or overnight oats. If I didn’t do the prepping on Sunday then I wouldn’t get breakfast.
Now that I have three different base options: overnight oats, smoothies, toast I always get breakfast no matter what happens in the morning and I have variety.
I really couldn’t be successful without a good meal routine and using the Hint of Happy Weekly Meal Planning template.
Breakfast Recipes and Tips for a successful morning
Here are some of my breakfast recipes and tips to help you be successful with the most important meal of the day!
Think about what you are eating in the morning.
- Does it keep you full for 2 – 3 hours?
- Is it something that fits your morning routine?
- Can you prep it?
- What variety and options do you have?
I make 5 every Sunday to ensure I have one ready to go each day. Even when I have a smoothie planned for one or two of the days, having these as a backup option is always a relief.
These are not only easy to make up in advance, but they are super easy to take with you and eat on the go.
Here is the base recipe I use for Overnight Oats:
¼ c rolled oats
1/3 c vanilla Almond milk
¼ c vanilla Greek yogurt
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp chia seeds
There are several Overnight Oats mix in options, basically anything you like, you can add. Then Hint of Happy Healthy Lifestyle page has several mix in ideas under the Breakfast category. Along with those ideas you’ll find this recipe for one of my favorite overnight oats mixes, Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats.
Smoothies are another breakfast on-the-go easy option and you can prep the ingredients in advance so that all you have to do the morning of is add the liquid and blend.
I either put the ingredients in one container the night before or put them in the freezer a week in advance, so that all I have to do is dump them in the blender and add the liquid.
My absolute favorite option for smoothies is everipe smoothies. These little packets are premade with dried fruit and other ingredients and you store them in the pantry until you are ready to add ice and milk.
In addition to everipe smoothies, you can check out my two favorite smoothie/shake recipes on the Hint of Happy Healthy Lifestyle page. The Raspberry Cocoa Smoothie is a great option for any chocolate lovers out there! The avocado gives your body healthy fats while making this smoothie super creamy! If you aren’t into avocado or cocoa and still want a protein boost, try the Raspberry Protein Shake.
I know, just the word “toast” sounds boring, but I promise you these recipes aren’t!
These are still really quick and easy breakfast options to make, they just don’t travel as well. I usually eat this when I have a little more time in the morning.
You can get both of these recipes off of the Hint of Happy Healthy Lifestyle page as well.
Does your breakfast planning and routine have room for improvement?
Take a look at what your morning routine looks like and what you are or aren’t eating. Do you have room for improvement? See if you can substitute one or two of these options in for what you are doing now. Do some prepping to ensure you have success.
I’d love to hear which of the recipes you try and like the most in the comments and so that everyone else knows which ones to try first!
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