Today is the first day back to school in Greenville, SC – and it’s a great time to focus on the most important meal of the day – BREAKFAST!
I totally am not going back to school (three degrees was enough!) and I don’t have kids going back to school, but I can’t help but love the smell of school supplies at Target, and feel this urge to just get things in order this time of year. Anyone else agree?
Anyway, back to breakfast. You’ve heard it called the most important meal of the day, but is it really? A lot of people tend to skip breakfast because…well mornings are hard! However, this first meal of your day is what is going to start your metabolism to help you burn more calories and get your energy flowing for whole day.
Breakfast can help you get to your ideal weight and also set yourself up for success all day long. Without breakfast, you can lose HOURS of calorie burning, and with a busy schedule this is not something we want to do! You want to BREAK-FAST … get it?
Struggling to figure out how your are going to eat this first meal of the day? Check out my top 5 breakfast tips!
- Breakfast doesn’t have to always be “breakfast food.” A lot of clients come to me saying that they don’t like the traditional American breakfast foods of eggs, bacon, and sausage…and that’s ok! You don’t have to eat these things if you don’t like them. Try something as simple as a KIND breakfast bar for on the go, avocado toast, or an apple with natural peanut butter. To be considered a good breakfast it does not have to look like traditional plate from Waffle House.
- Meal prep breakfast for the week. Many people eat the same breakfast every day. If this is something you are OK with, I would recommend meal prepping it for the week so it’s grab and go! This might mean making your own breakfast bars, getting your overnight oat jars ready, or making egg muffins to re-heat throughout the week. Whatever you need to do to make morning easier on you!
- Focus on carb + protein. Many “breakfast foods” are very carb dense – things like cereal, waffles, pancakes, bagels, and toaster pastries. Focus on adding PROTEIN to your breakfast to keep you fuller longer! This might mean adding some natural peanut butter to a whole grain waffle, an egg to your whole wheat bagel thin or some almonds to your cereal.
- If you snooze one too many times, choose a healthy drive thru option. There a ton of healthy options out there – you just have to look! Every fast food restaurant is going to have their version of a high fat meat (sausage, bacon, fried chicken) on a biscuit, however, I encourage you to look past that and find the English Muffin breakfast sandwich option instead – English Muffins have less saturated fat than biscuits and therefore less calories. They also typically have an egg or egg white for protein – perfect for on the go!
- Pack a morning snack. If your lunch is more than 3-4 hours after your breakfast, be sure you pack a morning snack! A lot of people say to me “breakfast makes me hungrier throughout the day,” but this is a GOOD thing! This means your metabolism is working, so be sure to pack a healthy morning snack too like baby carrots and hummus or some unsalted nuts for when that time comes.