What did you think of the list? It’s pretty wild to think of all the possibilities for getting our day off to a fast start with good food. But how does one decide what to consume in the morning? My thought process turned to the question “What do I want to get out of breakfast?”
First, I think everyone should look at their schedule. Each day for me is a little different and therefore I have different expectations for breakfast.
Monday- Oatmeal is made the night before so my professor husband has the stamina to lecture for almost 2 hours.
Tuesday- I want to do yoga in the morning – before work – and I need to leave the house at 9:00. I need a breakfast that is not too heavy and is easy to digest. It needs to be easy to make and keeps me going for several hours.
Wednesday- Is the same as Monday.
Thursday- The same as Tuesday.
Friday- I want brunch – a lazy breakfast with my husband. Something a little decadent.
Saturday- Is market day and I am so focused on food prep for the week that I usually purchase tamales for breakfast.
Sunday- Need something somewhat simple and hearty as I start my work week. I like to be at the office no later than ten to get admin stuff done and need something that will keep me awake and alert.
In general, with breakfast I want something that won’t spike and crash my blood sugar and follows my just-one-dish credo – except for Fridays.
That narrows down the breakfast choices on our list. That felt good. This would be a great thing to do for dinner too. It is always surprising (but shouldn’t be) that every morning or evening feeding time sneaks up on us and we are plan-less. Being prepared saves time and truly gives one more freedom.
I have 3 days figured out.
Fridays are my creative breakfast day. Thursday is shopping day. I am thinking of getting my cookbooks out and trying a different recipe every Friday. Thursday or Wednesday night I can peruse my books for creative inspiration and put any needed ingredients on my grocery list. The books that I thumb through regularly are My New Roots, Whole Grain Mornings: New Breakfast Recipes to Span the Seasons, and Miss Dahl’s voluptuous delights.
So now I have 3 days to plan breakfast. 2 of the 3 I want something for a pre-workout. I found a link for 50 awesome workout snacks and for the first week settled on yogurt and muesli for my before yoga breakfast.
It would be nice to switch the granola/yogurt pairing with a smoothies and a muffin type thing. This is where Pinterest can be so beneficial. I have a board for granola, smoothies and muffins. Every Wednesday I pick one recipe for each and write down what I need. Two weeks of granola and yogurt and two weeks of smoothies and or muffins. Homemade granola usually has a shelf life of two weeks. Sundays will be a hot grain bowl or miso for the time being.
That feels so good. I now have a well-intentioned breakfast plan. I hope this was helpful to you. Of course this concept can be used for dinner also. Here’s to smoother mornings!