The morning is a challenging time of day to get through. For those who aren’t naturally morning people, it can be even worse. Everyone has a routine that helps get them through to lunch, but have you considered if what you’re doing in the morning is actually helping you wake up? Some of what you might be doing every day could be defeating the purpose of your routine.
Think about your energy levels after you wake up. If you shower, exercise or walk the dog before you go to work, do you still feel tired? It might be time to take a second look at what you eat for breakfast. And yes, you should be eating breakfast!
What you choose to eat in the morning can give you that extra boost you need to be productive before lunch. It’s all about what foods you use. Buying the discount box of premade sausage and cheese biscuits in the freezer section of your grocery store isn’t going to cut it. Learn how to fuel your body the right way by checking out some easy and healthy breakfast options. Try a different one out each day this week to see what works best for you.
1. Berry and Yogurt Smoothie
For those who don’t prefer to eat in the morning, swap your breakfast for a smoothie instead. Smoothies can be just as filling and energizing as a full breakfast, without taking up time by making you sit down to eat. What you’ll need are fresh or frozen blackberries and blueberries, one banana, Greek yogurt and some milk. Blend it all together and play around with the amount of fruit or milk, depending on your preferences. The berries and yogurt will fill your body with protein to help you get going.
2. Quinoa Fruit Salad
Fruit salad is a great option to have for breakfast because it’s so customizable for people who want to change things up or have dietary needs. To make an energizing quinoa fruit salad, combine your favorite berries and fruits with one cup uncooked quinoa. Top with a honey lime glaze or even a bit of salad dressing. The sweetness will pack a punch and make you energetic all morning long.
3. Easy Poppy Seed Chia Pudding
Poppy seeds are a great way to throw some energy into your normal breakfast. They’re used on everything! They’re a great source of fiber, antioxidants and good fats—all of which will keep you from feeling sleepy. In just three hours, you can whip up an easy poppy seed chia pudding with chia seeds, milk, poppy seeds, honey, a banana, and cocoa powder. You can also change out the cocoa powder for your favorite flavor of protein powder for an added boost.
4. Avocado Toast with Egg
Eggs are a classic breakfast food because they provide protein to keep you from feeling hungry until it’s close to lunchtime. Add avocado to your egg sandwiches to get more potassium and heart-healthy fatty acids in your day. Fry up two eggs sunny side up the place on two pieces of bread that you’ve put mashed avocado on. Sprinkle salt, pepper and lime juice to your liking and this is a great meal to eat on the road (as long as your egg is cooked all the way through!).
5. Overnight Crock-Pot Egg Casserole
Another appeal of skipping breakfast is not having to make it, but there’s still a way around that if you have a crockpot! Don’t wait until the morning to hope you have time to eat. Take out your crockpot and put together a delicious overnight egg casserole. The sausage and egg in it will give you loads of protein, which your body can then use for energy all morning long.
6. Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Apple Bites
It’s always good to balance out the breakfast recipes you can make and sit down to enjoy with those you can create and eat on the road. Some people don’t have time to eat until they sit down at their desk, and if you’re one of those people, slice up some chocolate peanut butter granola apple bites. They’re easy to eat while you work away, and they’ll still give you all the nutrients your body needs. Smooth some nut-based chocolate over apple slices and cover with peanut butter. Sprinkle with granola and you’re set!
Eating breakfast every morning can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. In fact, one of the best ways you can get the most energy out of your mornings is to consistently eat healthy meals for breakfast. Whether you’re snacking on the drive in or sneaking a few bites of egg casserole while you do your makeup, you can start eating better tomorrow morning and notice a change in your energy levels just as quickly.
Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us.
Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine.
She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
Along with writing for her blog, she frequently writes for sites like US Travel News, Thought Catalog, Style Me Pretty, Tripping.com and more!