Breakout Breakfasts for a Busy Week
Health expert and Entrepreneur in Residence Brooke Thomas shows us how to ace the most important meal of the day.
From Brooke: Every minute counts in the morning. Sleep an extra 15 minutes and you might miss your workout at the gym. Stay in the shower a little longer than usual and you’ll have to throw your hair up instead of styling it. And if you have kids, you know there will be at least one last-minute curveball. That’s why it’s important that your breakfast caters to your fast-paced lifestyle. But don’t fall into the unhealthy trap of settling for a bowl of soggy cereal or grabbing a sugary donut. Breakfast should give you energy, power up your brain and satisfy your appetite so you don’t overeat later in the day. As the saying goes, “you are what you eat,” so make sure you are giving your body the best fuel possible. Keep these tips in mind before you leave the house, measly granola bar in tow.
Go for natural sweetness
Oatmeal is a good option for a healthy start but avoid the flavored, pre-packaged kind as it is usually packed
with sugar. Sweeten up your bowl with honey, fruit or nuts instead. This is my favorite go-to recipe for crock pot apple cinnamon oatmeal.
Say no to empty calories
Stay away from sugar-rich coffee drinks that use syrups and whipped cream. There is absolutely no nutritional benefit
Drink your vitamins
Smoothies are quick if you set aside a little time at the beginning of the week to pre-cut your favorite ingredients and toss them in the freezer. Avoid using just fruit. Add kale, spinach or carrots to your glass for extra nutrients. I always use a protein powder, too. It’s important that you research the brand you use to be sure it’s safe and free from contaminants. Avocados and bananas are perfect additions if you like super-creamy smoothies. Here are two healthy breakfast recipes that are great for making ahead and two that are super fast:
Banana PancakesBy Brooke Thomas from The Thankful 30 Yes, a hot breakfast is possible in the morning! You can get this on the table in less than 15 minutes.
if you want!).
Hot (or Cold) Seed CerealBy Brooke Thomas from The Thankful 30 This recipe comes together so quickly, you can whip it up in the morning.
Milk is warmed when tiny bubbles form around the edge of the pan. While hot, transfer milk to a bowl and add grouts
and seeds. To enjoy cold, simply mix and eat!
Veggie Crock-TataBy Brooke Thomas from The Thankful 30 Crock Pot Turn on your crock pot before you go for an a.m. run. When you get home, it'll be ready for you and your family to enjoy.
a chunkier crust. Put in crock pot. Add veggies evenly on top of sweet potato. Whisk eggs and pour mixture over potato and veggies. Cook on high for two hours. Remove by pulling up parchment paper and lifting it out of crock pot. Cut and serve.
Flat-Belly Banana BreadBy Brooke Thomas from The Thankful 30 Make this ahead and just slice it up as needed.
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