I didn’t really start eating breakfast every day until I was 21 years old. Weird, huh? Just about everyone says breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and yet it is so common for people to skip breakfast entirely or just have coffee or a bagel.
For me, in my teenage years, I just didn’t “feel” like eating. But looking back I can point to late night meals and not enough sleep to see why my eating schedule was off. When you eat at 9 o’clock at night it’s hard to be hungry by 6:00.
I was able to break the cycle and start eating breakfast, but since then I have also moved our family away from cold cereals and toast or bagels.
The other problem is that most of us claim we don’t have time to make a decent breakfast. Honestly, though, scrambling eggs takes five minutes.
So I thought I’d share five things I’ve learned about breakfast that will keep you going all day, keep your head clear, and save you money while nourishing your body.
Most of us haven’t had a drop of liquid for at least eight hours when we wake up – that’s a long time! I don’t know this for sure, but many experts claim our bodies like to cleanse until about 10 a.m. So start off with something hydrating like tea, or if you’re reaching for coffee make sure you’re also getting a good dose of water first thing.
Skip anything that comes out of a box.
I can not believe how expensive cereal is. It literally costs $4 to buy a box of food that was probably produced for $50. Not to mention the fact that cereals are highly processed versions of whatever grain they started out to be and more often than not are covered in sugar. Go back to the grain itself and you’ll save bundles while consuming a much more natural product.
Soak your porridge, pancakes, and more.
I love this trick not only for its ability to make grains easier on the belly, but because it speeds up the cooking process in the morning. We like soaked oats, gluten-free soaked buckwheat pancakes, or this soaked baked oatmeal.
Always eat protein and fat.
Carbs alone are not going to hold you over for very long and might leave you feeling sluggish when your blood sugar drops. By adding butter, cream, nuts or whole milk to that porridge (in generous amounts) you will create a more balanced food for your system. Adding cinnamon is also a great way to keep your blood sugar steady. Or just make bacon and eggs, which we prefer most days of the week.
Consider raw and cultured.
I’m not talking about 14 bananas here. I am talking about finding good eggs and milk from a local source (or your own backyard) and creating a delicious smoothie or homemade egg nog. We love the winter boost smoothie found in my winter cookbook that contains raw, cultured dairy, raw eggs (from a good source), berries, greens, and optional add-ins. Or try this raw carrot cake breakfast bowl.
We find that if we play by these “rules” we feel better and the breakfast budget is happier for it.
What are your breakfast rules?