They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I believe that's true and that's why I put together these breakfast tips. On those days when I eat a healthy breakfast I tend to be on the right track for the rest of the day. If I leave the house, however, without having eaten breakfast, and grab a quick bagel or doughnut on the way in to work, I know I'm in for a terrible eating day. It just sets the day off on the wrong tone.
To make sure I'm able to make breakfast fairly quickly on weekday mornings, I like to do some things on the weekends to prepare. Some of those things include:
- Making a tray of LJ's Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes. This recipe is so versatile. You can add the crispy potatoes to LJ's Breakfast Skillet or eat them as a side at dinnertime.
- Making a tray of oven cooked bacon. Having already cooked center cut bacon is useful for crumbling over salads or as part of a quick breakfast on work day mornings. Center cut bacon is lighter in WW points than others. Turkey bacon is even lighter in WW points. You could, for example, have three slices of center cut bacon, a side of the potatoes and eggs, or you could make yourself a breakfast sandwich with eggs, bacon and a low-fat English Muffin.
- Make extra servings of high-fiber low-fat pancakes and refrigerate them. I can grab a paper plate and put a serving of the pancakes and a serving of the bacon in the microwave for a quick weekday morning breakfast. I can top it with a cup of frozen blueberries and a tablespoon of maple syrup (microwaved together until warm and ready to pour) and get in two of my fruit servings before I even leave the house. You can stock frozen whole grain waffles instead of the pancakes.
- Making a pot of oatmeal. Steel-cut oats take longer to cook. If I make a pot on the weekend, then I can scoop out a serving in the morning, put it in a bowl, splash a little unsweetened almond or skim milk, and heat it up in the microwave. I can then add fruit, nuts, and/or sweetener, and pair it with a hard-boiled egg or other protein source for a quick and hearty breakfast.
- Making LJ's Salmon Cakes. Each salmon cake contains m ore than 20 ounces of protein. I wrap mine in foil and keep them in the refrigerator. On weekday mornings, I can grab one and pair it with a serving of the potatoes or a light English Muffin or sauteed veggies and have a well-rounded, protein-packed breakfast in minutes.
You get the idea. A little preparation goes a long way toward putting your weekday menu planning and meal preparation on autopilot. That, in turn, makes sticking with your healthy eating goals a lot easier.
I hope you found these breakfast tips to be helpful.