We often hear people tell us that breakfast is the most important part of your day. After all, it is what gives us the energy to power through our jobs, school or any other tasks we need to accomplish. Without it, we tend to be grumpy and are more likely to overeat come lunch or dinner time. If we make breakfast as nutrient-rich as possible, our other meals will be more likely to follow in the same footsteps.
Instead of opting for cereals and granola bars loaded with a laundry list of foreign ingredients, it’s time to keep our breakfasts delicious and healthy while staying simple. The best way to do this is by incorporating protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates into your morning meal. Adding fresh fruit, nuts and superfoods is the best way to feel energized and stay fuller for longer while also boosting your metabolism.
Here are some simple and easy ways to add a little extra protein into your breakfast:
- “Frost” one of our muffins (banana, chocolate or pumpkin) with organic greek yogurt and sprinkle on a few crushed almonds or peanuts
- For a savory twist, try adding Lifeway Farmer’s Cheese and some veggies to our pizza crust
- Fry an egg over a slice of our artisan bread spread with dairy-free cream cheese
Don’t forget those healthy fats! Here’s how to sneak them in:
- Add a tablespoon of nut butter to a smoothie with banana and unsweetened almond milk
- Sprinkle your Simple Mills pancakes with hemp seeds (not only do hemp seeds have fat but are a great source of fiber!)
- Try spreading half of an avocado onto a piece of sprouted wheat toast, top it with tomatoes and sea salt for added flavor
- Tip: Sprouted wheat is easier to digest than regular wheat as the grains used are soaked in water until they begin to sprout, causing the enzymes in the grain to break down protein and carbohydrates. This way, nutrients are immediately absorbed into the body – including Vitamin C and Vitamin B. No GMOs, preservatives or artificial sugars are used in sprouted wheat breads.
Start your day with some complex carbohydrates – especially before a morning workout:
- Cook 1 cup of dry quinoa in a pot over the stove with 2 cups almond milk, add a banana to naturally sweeten it and top with additional fruit and peanut butter – a powerful twist on oatmeal
- Have one of our chocolate chip cookies for breakfast with a piece of fruit on the side
- Mix ½ cup of oatmeal with ¾ cup almond milk in a jar, top with your favorite yogurt, granola and fresh fruit and pop in the fridge overnight. When you wake up in the morning, breakfast is ready to go!
These simple tips and tricks will help you get the most out of your breakfast. If you find you’re consistently too short on time in the mornings to prepare a meal or sit down for a few minutes to eat mindfully, try setting an alarm for just 15 or 20 minutes earlier than usual. This way you’ll be able to relax before heading out the door and enjoy your food without rushing out the door and eating too quickly. Avoid snoozing – consistency is key.
If you still find yourself struggling to wake up, prep your breakfasts on Sunday night before the week starts. Prepping a few overnight oatmeal jars with select different toppings or a pan of mini quiches can last all week. Pop these little guys in a Ziploc bag and enjoy on your morning commute.
Breakfast is a time to start your day off on a high note and have time to enjoy the morning. With these simple tips and tricks, you can be sure to do just that.
For more breakfast recipes featuring pancakes and muffins, head over to our recipe page!