We’ve all said or heard it before: “I just don’t have the tiiiime [for breakfast]!”
Often, it’s referring to some sort of processed or fast food, as a justified excuse to continue eating that Egg McMuffin, “healthy” protein bar, or a sugar-laden pastry.
So, we start our day with something lackluster, and maybe join the rest of our office co-workers in choosing the pastry of the day in the break room (because misery loves company!), and pay for the empty nutrients and their affect on our bodies later.
Then, we resort to coffee or diet soda (and you know how I feel about soda) to make up for the energy bonk.
Often, the dozens of hats we wear often take priority over our OWN health.
We’re daughters, sons,
Career men or women
(Fill in the blank).
However, what happens when we become sick? Or, when we feel so dang exhausted during our day (proper sleep is another topic of conversation) that we aren’t valuable and effective in our respective duties?
Nourishing Yourself First = Win-Win
Like anything in life that’s really important to us, though, it IS possible to carve out the time to nourish OURSELVES if we make it a priority.
When we take care of US, we can then take care of everything and everybody around us that much better!
I’m not perfect, but I did it for years traveling for work, jet setting, and waking up at 4 AM to drive to an account.
It takes a little extra planning, but like all habits, it begins with commitment and discipline, and maybe a little education.
To help start your day off right when time is not on your side, here are some quick ideas…
10 Non-Processed Breakfasts Under 10 Minutes (Gluten-Free!)
1. Soft (or hard) boiled eggs: On Sunday, boil 12 eggs (or however many you anticipate eating for the week) and keep refrigerated, as they will last about a week. Grab them in the morning and eat at work (or take and refrigerate for a snack)! You can also throw eggs in cold water and boil for 3-8 minutes (depending on how hard you like them) while you get ready in the morning, and take with you that same day.
2. Smoothie: Unsweetened whey protein (or brown rice protein if gluten intolerant) + fruit of choice + unsweetened almond milk + spoonful of coconut oil + ice cubes + dash stevia/cinnamon/vanilla = smoothie to go! Or, if you REALLY want a nutrient-packed smoothie, try a green smoothie: 1 cup of spinach, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 cucumber, coconut water (or just water), and/or 1 stalk of celery.
3. Avo Bacon-‘Mater (Avocado, Bacon, Tomato): Throw a few uncured, nitrate-free bacon strips into a frying pan, and while it cooks, chop up 1/2 avocado and some organic cherry tomatoes in a bowl. When the bacon is done (about 4 min. each side), crumble into the bowl. Add eggs to the mixture for more protein, too.
4. Fruity Pancakes: 1 egg + 2 mashed bananas (or 1 c of fruit) + 1-2 heaping tablespoons almond butter + dash of vanilla/cinnamon/stevia (honey is optional). Fry in coconut oil in a non-stick skillet for some quick deliciousness.
5. Egg Omelette of Choice: Quickly chop a few veggies of choice (onion & spinach are my faves), sauté for a few minutes in lard or olive oil, add eggs, and cook for a ready-made omelette in just minutes.
6. Leftover Scramble: Depending on what you made for dinner last night and your ability to stomach it in the morning, throw together the leftover meat and make an omelette, or just re-heat the leftovers! I often do this, but my husband doesn’t always have the stomach for leftover salmon and eggs in the morning like I do.
7. Yogurt parfait: If you can tolerate dairy, add nuts, fruit or dried fruit, and a dash of cinnamon/vanilla/sea salt to organic yogurt for a quick option. I like to put mine in a Mason jar (see pic) so that I can bring it with me.
8. “No Grain-ola:” Rather than loading up on overly processed, sugary, “healthy” granola, try a whole foods, truly healthy version: dried fruit of choice (watch out for added sugar kinds!) + sliced almonds (or your nuts of choice) + unsweetened coconut flakes, and maybe even some organic dark chocolate chips for an occasional indulgence. Make a large quantity and portion into small bags to grab whenever convenient.
9. “No Grain-ola” Cereal: Use the mixture above that you’ve already pre-made, and throw it in a bowl of unsweetened almond milk. I like to a sprinkle of cinnamon, vanilla, and stevia for a sweet kick.
10. Fast: Refer to my previous post here on intuitive eating and listening to your body. If you aren’t hungry and you’re on the go, try an intermittent fast to let your liver and body breathe from digesting food.
So, when you overhear someone complaining or making excuses about eating that double chocolate doughnut because they “don’t have time,” put them in their place! It’s for their own good, anyway…
Look beyond the quick and easy short-term fix, and stick to the long-term benefits of doing just a little more planning ahead of time to fuel yourself, your family, and your job for excellence.
I’m always open for feedback and other great breakfast suggestions, and would love to hear your thoughts below!