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Yea, yea, we all know….breakfast is important. Haven’t we heard this a million times?! But don’t roll your eyes at me just yet. Let’s talk about why and then how we can get your day started on the right foot in a quick, easy, yet satisfyingly enjoyable way!
If I could guess, I would estimate that 80% of people don’t eat breakfast on a regular basis. I’ll admit this is quite difficult for me to fathom – I am known by friends for being a bit overly excited about my first meal of the day. (I mean, I haven’t eaten in 12 hours, come on!);)
The top reasons I hear for people not eating breakfast:
“I don’t have time.”
“I’m just not hungry.”
“I simply forget.” (Yea, still can’t fathom this).
Let’s start with the why. Is it really that important to eat breakfast on a regular basis? You’ve probably heard that you slow down your metabolism when you skip this meal.
The research is quite mixed (most from observational studies) and to date, there is only a handful of rigorous, carefully controlled trials that have tested this claim, so we won’t focus here. Plus, we’re looking for better overall health, not weight alone.
Starting the day without eating a healthful breakfast is like jumping in your car with an empty tank of gas, but deciding just to go for it anyways.
If you just floor it maybe you can run on the fumes for a few blocks. Doesn’t make sense, does it?
Breakfast matters because we want to fuel our bodies well in order to faithfully perform the tasks, responsibilities, and joys that the day ahead of us holds.
Today I’ll address the first main reason I hear for people not eating a healthful breakfast with tools to get you started. So, you “don’t have time”? Try some of these recipes for fast, yet hearty, (and fun!) fuel to get your motor running for the day ahead!
Easy Overnight Oats – You could even make 10 baggies of the dry ingredients for greater ease. Simply pour in a bowl or big mug and add almond milk the night before. In the morning add toppings of your choice – the possibilities are endless!
Banana Oat Bake – I love making this dish on a Sunday evening (it takes less than 10 minutes to mix it up!) and we have several healthy, hearty meals ready for the week ahead.
Make Steel Cut Oats in a slow cooker like Maryea’s recipe. I make a double or triple batch, once again allowing us to have a prep-free breakfast.
Prefer a smoothie? The Classic Green Monster is delicious and can be made the night ahead as well.