I am a HUGE advocate for breakfast. It is easily my favorite meal of the day. Not only am I a big fan of breakfast foods and believe they rightfully have a place at any meal of the day, but you simply can not argue the benefits your body gets from a good, solid breakfast.
After a night of sleep, your body wakes up from hours of being in a fasting mode and is in need of energy to send all throughout your body to you muscles and your brain. This is essentially equal to the analogy of an empty gas tank in a vehicle. Your body is not going to run well or efficiently without the energy that your daily activities will demand.
Lack of food to start the day can lead to less energy, difficulty concentrating, increased irritability, and by lunch time, you will likely be ready to eat the local noodle guy out of business.
My attempt is to convince you that the common excuses for skipping breakfast are really not as valid as people make them out to be
–I do not have enough time to eat breakfast–
Setting a priority on breakfast may mean sacrificing a few minutes of extra sleep or planning ahead but it is definitely worth i
–I am not hungry in the morning–
Eating something is better than nothing, even if it is small. Do your best to put something in your body within 2 hours of waking up.
–I don’t like breakfast food–
If you have never been a big fan of breakfast foods, then go ahead and make a light sandwich or heat up last night’s leftovers. Your roommates or your family make think you are a little strange, but don’t feel like your options are confined to traditional breakfast foods.
–I am trying to lose weight–
Quite the opposite. Skipping breakfast as a way to cut calories and loose weight will do more harm than good to your metabolism. Your metabolism runs throughout the day to help your body process calories and burn fat. Skipping out on breakfast stalls your metabolism from running like it should and will cause it to adjust to maintaining a slower speed for the sake of preserving energy. You will also be more likely to overeat at other meals throughout the day.
So now that I have taken what your mother annoyingly told you all your life….
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”
…and given a few reasons why I, myself, also believe so, we should move on to more interesting things.
Like this quick, easy and tasty breakfast idea that only takes minutes to throw together and zero prep the morning you are ready to eat it.
It does not get much simpler than throwing a few ingredients into a container, mixing it all up, and throwing it in the fridge overnight.
Not only is this a quick, easy breakfast but it has a good healthful combination of protein, complex carbohydrate, and fiber.
Throw it in the refrigerator overnight and your breakfast will be ready and waiting for you the next morning.
I usually just eat it cold as is, but you could pop it in the microwave for 30-60 seconds if you prefer to eat it warm.
If making a bigger batch, this oatmeal can stay in the fridge for a few days.
Get creative and feel free to mix and match different mix-ins. Try out
Apples, almonds and cinnamon (pictured)
Banana and peanut butter
Cocoa powder and coconut flakes
Pumpkin and nutmeg
Mixed berries and walnuts
Sunflower seeds and honey
1 serving–Once all mixed together, your serving will be closer to 1 cup volume.
1/2 cup oats
3/4 cup yogurt or milk (or a combination of the two depending on what you have on hand and how thick/thin you prefer your oatmeal)
1/8 cup nuts, chopped
1/4 cup fruit, diced
1) Chop or dice any fruits and nuts you plan to use.
2) Add all your ingredients into a container with a lid.
3) Stir together.
4) Store overnight in the fridge.