Thursday, October 30, 2014

What's for Breakfast?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! I know you've never heard that before but that's why you read my blog, for groundbreaking revelations.

Seriously though, there are a lot of reasons that breakfast is important to eat. It gets your motor revved up for the day, feeding your brain early and often keeps it focused and eating early can actually help stave off cravings or excessively large meals later in the day that can leave you feeling sluggish.

That said, here's a quick post about my top 3 favorite fast and easy breakfasts. *Disclaimer* These are not the most nutritionally beneficial meals in the world. If you have time a very full and balanced breakfast with fruits and vegetables is best. But for people like me, I take what I can get.

1. Oatmeal

I may or may not be obsessed with oatmeal and may or may not have paid for imported Canadian oatmeal based solely on a television show and clever advertising. Luckily, it's actually really really good!

Oatmeal is one of my favorites because as I mentioned, I really like it but also because all you need is hot water and it stores really well. I have oatmeal in my desk at work and I'd like to think most of us have access to clean, hot water in the morning. The finding time to actually eat it can be tricky but for the very few of us lucky enough to have office jobs, it sits just fine next to the keyboard. Nevermind its fibrous (does that mean what I think it does?) benefits and also consider the creativity that can go into such a chameleon of a dish. Oatmeal is just fine with a little brown sugar and cinnamon or you get fancy with fruits, other spices and a host of other gems that warm up together nicely.

2. Waffles

Not the fancy waffles with batter that you make in a waffle iron (which we should have asked for as a wedding gift...), just your unfancy frozen ones. First and foremost, check the ingredients. A lot of frozen foods are not what they seem. Otherwise, waffles are just as fun as oatmeal because they can also be dressed up so they seem different but are pretty good on their own too.

I'm a simple eater so I usually go with a plain waffle, add almond butter (Justin's is my favorite), a drizzle of raw local honey and sometimes dried berries on top. Fiber, fruit, good fat and you know, carbs. Because I'm a carb-aholic and I don't even care.

3. Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Clif Bar

When all else fails, I grab a clif bar. Now the "breakfast bar" is typically a big no no as they're usually highly processed and packed with nothing but sugar but Clif is a company I like, their nutrition philosophy is pretty transparent and they sponsor my third husband Tim O'Donnell.

In case you were wondering, no, I don't go on adventures but I'm hoping one day just eating Clif Bars will make my life like their advertisements. A girl can dream.

More importantly, I try not to rely too heavily on these as a "meal" although they are higher calorie than your typical fruit and nut bar. Still if you're really in a time or money crunch, these babies travel easily and keep well so if you can only get down half before a quick catch up meeting with your boss, it will still be waiting patiently for you as you left it when you get back.

None of these will probably hold you over until lunch time although that will vary based on your serving size and activity level. I eat almost every 2 hours so keep that in mind if you're planning to serve these up as your breakfasts for the week and plan accordingly.

1 comment:

  1. I was cracking up this whole blog post. Loved it!

    I have some pancakes that I made and froze. I need to but those out with some fruit. And you should so get a waffle maker. I've got a recipe that is AMAZING that even waffle-hater Alex wants to shank someone to get seconds of.