You’ve heard it before: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
But how many of you actually eat breakfast? I know more than my share of people who skip breakfast because they don’t want to spend the time, the money or the calories on food in the morning.
But there is a lot of evidence to suggest that your body and mind will suffer unless you have a healthy breakfast each morning.
You spend six to eight hours sleeping. After that time, your body needs fuel to keep going. Without breakfast at home, your options for on-the-run nutrition may amount to too much fat, too much sugar and too many carbs. And, that convenient run to the fast food joint is not as convenient and time-saving as you think if everyone else has the same idea. The 15 or 20 minutes spent in line could have been used to fill your belly with something good at home, not to mention saving you a few bucks.
Fortunately, there are some easy (and inexpensive) solutions for starting the day with a good breakfast:
Oatmeal. This food makes a good hot meal that contains lots of filling fiber to keep you from getting hungry later on in the morning. Depending on your taste, you can take five minutes to fix it on the stove or use the microwave for instant oatmeal. You can even use your slow cooker to make this inexpensive breakfast. Top with some blueberries, strawberries and bananas for extra flavor and nutrients.
Fruit smoothies. These are good any morning, but particularly on a hot day. You’ll have to blend the ingredients together in the morning, but the prep work can be done at night. Cube your fruit and place it into a container. Instead of frozen yogurt in the morning, use a cup of plain yogurt. Add ice cubes, a little water and blend. Buy fruit in season when it’s on sale to trim the costs of this yummy breakfast.
Egg sandwich or burrito. The eggs can be cooked the night before and placed in a sealed container. In the morning, warm up the eggs in the microwave. If you want, add some chopped veggies or shredded cheese. Serve on toasted wheat bread, an English muffin, or wrap it in a tortilla for a breakfast burrito. What I love about these is that they’re easy to take with you on the go.
Yogurt with granola and fruit. Some people like to eat yogurt. But, yogurt by itself won’t keep you from being hungry. Add some granola and a few blueberries to the mix. This makes a great breakfast idea for those mornings when you are running late. Make your own granola and yogurt and remember to use in-season fruit to save money. Keep small bags of granola and blueberries in the fridge next to the yogurt so you can grab them and run.
The small amount of money and time you spend on these quick and easy breakfast ideas will help you keep your mind focused and your body healthy… both things that can help you save even more money.