How did your breakfast look this morning? Are you eating breakfast each day?
I spent a lot of years as a busy, somewhat frazzled, homeschooling mom of little ones. Seriously, I should have eaten breakfast.
A Compelling Case
When I look back on my years as a young mom, I realize that there were a few simple steps I could have taken to greatly improve how I felt each day. My morning routine was strict and included some quiet reading moments for myself in the morning, (when I could get up before everyone), then a healthy breakfast for the kids before cleaning up and starting our school lessons. I lived on coffee until around noon when we would break for lunch and the kids would scatter for about 1/2 an hour while I flipped laundry, cleaned up from lunch and glanced over the schedule for the rest of the day. I would wrangle everyone back to the table to complete our lessons, before heading out in the afternoons for sports practices, theater classes, etc. etc., where I would usually find a moment to grab a Starbucks and a book, while everyone was dropped at their respective after-school activity.
Aside from the few bites I would have grabbed at lunch, I was basically running on caffeine and adrenaline. READ THIS NOW: The aforementioned recipe does not make for the most patient mother on the planet. By the afternoons, I was exhausted.
I would learn later, that one simple step would improve my day exponentially: EAT BREAKFAST
After sleeping all night (hopefully), your body needs fuel to burn. I felt SO MUCH better after establishing this routine. My blood sugar levels were no longer on a roller coaster and I was more peaceful and not so anxious and antsy. It was amazing. And while I don’t ever recommend eating a sugary breakfast, there are LOADS of options to give you these same benefits.
My Fast, Go- To Breakfast
I like to eat for my goals, so at the moment, my go-to breakfast is loaded with protein and vegetable carbohydrates. I timed myself this morning and it took about 10 minutes to make, from start to finish.
2 egg whites + 1 whole egg scrambled
1 handful of spinach, chopped roughly
1/4 cup of chopped onion
1/4 cup of chopped mushrooms
*I also will use any combination of leftover vegetables from last nights dinner if I have them. I just chop ’em up!*
Add the onions, mushrooms and garlic (or whatever vegetables you are using!) to a sauté pan with just a tad of olive oil or cooking spray, etc.
Cook for about 1 minute or so, until just beginning to soften. They smell amazing!
Add in your handful of chopped spinach and cook for about 30 seconds until it begins to wilt.
Add in your chopped tomatoes and cook for just 20-30 seconds until just warm. Now, remove everything from the pan, and set aside on a side plate.
Next, add in a bit more olive oil or cooking spray if necessary, and scramble your eggs. Add a bit of salt and pepper or Mrs. Dash if you are watching your salt intake.
Lastly, pile the cooked eggs, on a plate and top with the sautéed vegetables. I add about 1/4 tsp of parmesan cheese and top with 1/4 tsp. of sriracha.
This is my go to each morning right now. It takes less than 10 minutes to make, is filled with nutrition and no fillers. And it’s delicious!
If a non-sugar ladened breakfast isn’t already part of your routine, I can’t recommend highly enough that you go ahead and make that change this year!
Here’s to improved energy levels, less anxiety and a happier you!
What do you like to eat for breakfast? Do you have a healthy “on-the-go” breakfast that you grab? I’d love to hear it!
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