I know, you’ve heard it all before. From your mom to your favourite talk show host, to your kids and beyond, ‘You need to eat breakfast’ is a phrase which I used to hate.
Being in the restaurant industry for so long, my days used to start late and I always felt I needed to compensate by getting stuff done quickly. Laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, meeting friends for lunch, etc. all had to happen as soon as my feet hit the ground in the morning.
I used every excuse in the book to avoid it, ‘I’m not hungry’, ‘I don’t have time’ and my favourite ‘I ate the crust off of my daughter’s toast so I’m good.’ I used them all and for years I avoided the dreaded ‘breakfast’.
I have no idea really, why I was so high and mighty on avoiding breakfast. Growing up, my mom never let me leave the house without something in my belly. I think the transition hit when I was in high school and when it became ‘cool’ to come to school with a big cup of coffee and skip out on the breakfast. It took me until I was pregnant with my first, and especially now that I’m pregnant with my second, to actually embrace and kind of look forward to the idea of breakfast.
Here are 3 easy peasy breakfast ideas to I use to fuel me for the day. I alternate between them, depending on the day, and it has been relatively easy to find the few minutes it takes to make and eat them. Plus, I always have the ingredients on hand 🙂
1 cup of spinach
3/4 cup mixed frozen berries
half an avocado
half a banana
*1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons chia seeds
*Add as much or as little water as you like. I like mine a little thicker so I may use a little less than 1/2 cup.
Throw all ingredients into a baby bullet, or a blender if that’s your preference, and blend until smooth. Pour into a travel cup and you have breakfast ready to go.
I just got hooked on these over the March Break. I’ve eaten them everyday for breakfast and they’re fantastic because I can prep it the night before. The original recipe I tried was from SkinnyTaste and it was delicious (click here for the recipe). I’ve modified the recipe a little to suit my constant craving for anything peanut butter.
Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
1/4 cup quick oats (different oats will give different results)
1/2 cup almond milk (or any kind of milk)
1/2 a banana cut up into chunks
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 teaspoon honey
pinch of cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon of chia seeds
mason jar with lid
Combine all ingredients into a mason jar and shake well. Pop in fridge overnight and enjoy in the morning. I also like to add a few almonds on top for some crunch 🙂
Chia Seed Pudding
I LOVE chia seed pudding. I eat it at all times throughout the day and can’t get enough. There are a million recipes for it on the internet that sound divine, but I really like mine relatively plain. This recipe can also be made at night and ready for breakfast the next morning.
3 tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup almond milk (or any milk)
1 tablespoon honey
3 or 4 strawberries cut up into chunks (optional)
1/4 banana cut into chunks (optional)
Mason jar with lid
Throw all ingredients into a mason jar and shake. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy.
Although these breakfasts take a little effort and a little pre-planning, you will feel better about having a healthy way to start the day and will help to avoid the 10am, ‘I’m so freaking hangry’ freak-out (make sure to keep snacks in your purse or diaper bag for these moments).
Until next time,
Keep it simple and try to enjoy every second 🙂