Breakfast: it really is the most important meal of the day! But, during the busy holiday season, it is also the most easily neglected meal. A lot of late nights out celebrating with friends and family can really throw your usual morning routine into complete chaos, especially when you try to sneak in a few more minutes of sleep. Either you end up frantically hunting around for your car keys and trying to make it out the door before rush hour gets too ridiculous, or it’s your day off and you find yourself sleeping-in until almost noon. In both cases, the last thing on your mind is a healthy and nutritious start to your day.
Okay, so you skip breakfast? What’s the big deal?
According to certified nutritionist Deborah Enos, eating a good breakfast is not only responsible for lowering the risk of diabetes in women, but also the incidence of heart disease in men. It assists with weight loss, especially when eaten as the largest meal of the day, and a review of almost 50 breakfast-related studies by the American Dietetic Association revealed that eating a nutritious breakfast is “… likely to improve cognitive functioning related to memory.”¹
All good things, right?
What you need is a breakfast action plan!
ACTION PLAN A: For those hurrying off to work the “morning after,” you’ll need to have a grab-and-go breakfast pre-prepared. This means assembling something the evening before you attend any event that has even the slightest chance of keeping you out past your usual bedtime. It might be some cut up fruit and a protein bar. (We highly recommend Simply Protein Bars: 15 grams protein, 1 gram of sugar, 7 grams of fibre, dairy and gluten free, non GMO soy, they taste great, and they’re Canadian made!) Or you could try one of a million variations on a chia-based pudding with some berries thrown on top! (I know, right? Pudding for breakfast and it’s healthy? Who doesn’t love that? Click here for our favourite basic Vanilla Chia Pudding recipe.)
ACTION PLAN B: For those of you lucky enough to have the morning off, you’ll still need to set your alarm. Get up at the usual time and make (or reheat — you could prep something the evening before in this scenario too) something quick and clean, eat it in a sleepy fog, and then trundle off back to bed. Heck, eat breakfast in your bed! Regardless, get the good nutrition into your body at the usual time and then you can sleep-in for as long as you like. It’ll likely already be close to lunch by the time you wake up, and instead of being calorie-deprived, (which can lead to all sorts of poor choices in terms of cravings and portion sizes), you’ll have had something in your system all along, and thus be more inclined to eat a sensible mid-day meal.
There are tons of great recipes for pre-prepared nutritious breakfast meals all over the interwebs, from breakfast casseroles to smoothies (try this), from fridge oats to protein pancakes. Simply throw in some fresh fruit, and you’ve already set yourself up for a great start to the day!