Happy New Year, friends! Can you believe it’s 2017? A brand spanking new year, and with it all the possibilities of great recipes, new adventures in small business (can’t wait to share more soon), and happy memories with loved ones. I wish you all great success in whatever resolution or change you decide to make in the upcoming months. Kate is starting things off with a change in her morning routine (with some mighty fine ideas), and even a small thing like breakfast can make all the difference.
It’s a new year (so long, 2016!), and with it comes new beginnings and new opportunities to do things differently. This year, I am skipping the typical goals of more hours at the gym or cutting back on the small indulgences. Instead, I have decided to eat more than I have before. Yup, you read that right. I am going to add an entire meal into my daily life and it is all in the name of feeling better.
For too long, I have drank coffee like it is the nutritional equivalent to a healthy meal, and it is high time I started eating breakfast. It is considered the most important meal of the day, and it is high time I stopped treating it as an afterthought or an inconvenience.
With that in mind, I wanted to start with breakfasts that come together quickly and can be eaten in a (relaxed) jiffy. Here are five ways I am incorporating breakfast into my life–with some mighty tasty recipes, to boot.
How are you doing things differently in the new year? Please share any tips you might have on how you’re going to make 2017 the best year yet.
Smoothies: Don’t be fooled. Just because this is a liquid like coffee, there is actually a lot of nutritional goodness and healthy items you can add to a smoothie to kickstart your day and have you feeling amazing. And I like to cheat just a little by combining my coffee and smoothie into one ultimate breakfast drink, like in Maggie’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie.
Overnight Oats: One of the biggest reasons I skip breakfast is time. I simply don’t have a lot of it in the morning, which is why I love the ease of anything I can make the night before, like this Almond and Apricot Muesli. Five minutes of mixing and you have an awesome breakfast you can eat right out of the jar.
Breakfast Cookies/Bars: Any type of cookie is aces in my book, and I admit it may not be the healthiest option when choosing a meal, but skip the chocolate chip and try something packed with feel-good ingredients, like Maggie’s Pecan Poppy Seed Biscotti. Make a batch on Sunday for when you need a bite on the go during the week.
Buildable Breakfasts: Jars are one of my very best friends when it comes to breakfast-in-a-hurry, and a jar that is filled with items like oatmeal, granola, or polenta (as is the case with this Polenta Breakfast Porridge) and then topped with yogurt, fruit, honey, and nuts makes a good morning so much better.
Baked Goods: I don’t recommend scones, coffee cake, or muffins for every breakfast, but I do for more than a few. I adore baked goods, and love how you can tailor the ingredients to what wakes you up the most in the morning. I am currently partial to these Cranberry and Cocoa Nib Morning Muffins, but the possibilities are endless so go ahead and play with your food. It’ll be our little secret.
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