We are about 3 weeks away from Labour Day Weekend. For many of us that day signifies getting back into routine. Whether or not you have children, September brings with it a little more structure. Some thrive on the fly by the seat of your pants lifestyle. Others crave the colour in the lines kind of structure. No matter where you find yourself, on one end of the spectrum or the other or somewhere in between, I’ve got some suggestions to help get you back into the swing of things.
I am a big believer in the old saying, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”
Breakfast is often a meal that is difficult for many people. We’ve just woken up and we are usually a little on the groggy side of things. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. A healthy & balanced breakfast sets you up for success the rest of the day. It helps regulate blood sugar levels, decrease cravings and gives you the energy you need to go about your day. Whether you are an early eater, or prefer to have your first meal a little later in the day, these strategies can help you on your way to a great day!
By the way, by a balanced breakfast, I don’t mean a bowl of sweetened flakes, a glass of orange juice and a piece of toast with jam. I mean real food options that don’t require ingredient lists. See below for options.
Start With Water:
Drink a big glass of water first thing & preferably before coffee or tea. Many of us struggle to drink enough water on a daily basis. A good rule of thumb is to aim for 8 cups of water daily. The amount you need fluctuates based on activity level, body size and weather. Starting your day off with a glass of water provides you with a head start on your daily intake. Not only that, it provides a bit of a buffer from your morning cuppa joe. Coffee is acidic and can be harsh on your stomach – your digestive system will thank you!
Get up Early Enough:
This can be a tricky one for many of us. That ‘snooze’ button is a little too easy to find sometimes. Commit to getting up at the first alarm and get your day started. Too tired you say? Mom was right, go to bed earlier.
Prep the Night Before:
Get dishes out, cut up fruit, put your oats in a jar with nuts so you’ll only need to add water, hard boil eggs.
Keep it Simple:
Deciding what to eat for breakfast can be just too much for our brains to handle first thing in the morning. Pick two or three of the options below and rotate through them for a week. Next week, choose a few different ones.
- make a batch of waffles or pancakes on the weekend
- yogurt with berries & granola – click here for recipe
- eggs, tomato & avocado slices with sour dough, sprouted grain or whole grain bread
- whole grain muffins with fruit
- baked oatmeal – click here for recipe
- natural nut butter, chia seeds, hemp hearts
Wishing you delicious & nutritious days ahead!
What’s your favourite breakfast? Share in the comments below…