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The Easiest Way to Kickstart Your Day {Recipes}

by Elise Museles

The Easiest Way to Kickstart Your Day We’ve all been there: It’s early in the morning, and you’re making a mad dash out the door to get the kids off to school, or hurrying to cram in a run before you show up at the office. Breakfast? What’s that? Oh, the thing that Mom always said was “the most important meal of the day.”

If you’re like most of us, the tendency is to treat breakfast as the most un-important meal of the day. It’s completely ho-hum, hardly satisfying, or – gasp! – the easiest part of your routine to skip altogether.

Yet, the nutrients that you pop into your mouth in the morning set the foundation for your entire day. A beautifully balanced breakfast kickstarts your metabolism, boosts your concentration (hello –productivity!), increases your motivation, and provides serious endurance.

So, since October is my favorite month of the year and breakfast happens to be my favorite (and, yes, the most important!) meal, it’s time for my annual post on how to feel amazing throughout the day, starting with your very first bite.

When you take the time to eat something nutrient-dense and healthy in the morning, you make yourself your priority (not your schedule or your to-do lists). The first meal of the day can be mood-boosting and help to prevent cravings if it’s filled with love, nourishment, a colorful palette, and a winning blood sugar-stabilizing trifecta of healthy fats, fiber, and protein.

Whether you’re skipping your morning meal or eating in a way that doesn’t feel energizing and satisfying, I’ve got you covered!

If you’re not eating breakfast…

Figure out why
Do you dislike traditional breakfast food? Do you feel like you don’t have enough time to eat before you begin your day? (Incidentally, that’s the number one excuse!) Does eating early in the morning turn your stomach? Once you know your “why,” you’ll be able to make changes accordingly.

The Easiest Way to Kickstart Your Day Try different dishes
You’re not actually required to eat pancakes for breakfast. Or eggs. Or berry smoothies. If you’d prefer immunity soup or roasted vegetables for breakfast, make your own rules! You can also move your breakfast from the sweet to the savory end of the spectrum , which may help reduce sugar cravings later in the day. (Definitely worth a try!)

Prep ahead of time
You know by now that I’m all for devoting a few hours to meal prep each week. When we think of preparing our food in advance, we’re usually focused on getting dinner on the table, but guess what? You can prep for breakfast, too!

Make yourself one huge batch of almond butter & jelly overnight oats and eat them all week. Chop and peel all of your fruits and veggies, so they’re ready for smoothies and extra nourishing green juice. Whip up a big batch of chia seed pudding and then create a fun Neapolitan parfait. Or cook a sweet potato ahead of time and simply heat it, then load it up in the morning. You get the idea!

Have a mid-morning snack ready
There are a few people out there who feel sick if they eat first thing in the morning. Try starting with a really mild, simple breakfast, like sprouted toast with avocado. If that doesn’t work, make sure you have snacks ready to go. Pack some raw cookie dough balls, homemade power bars, apricot vanilla squares, or DIY trail mix. Or whip up an extra nourishing turmeric or matcha latte to sip and savor. That way, you’ll have energy to get through the day, even if you don’t eat until later in the morning.

If you’re already eating breakfast every day…

I often challenge myself to take my breakfast to the next level. If you, too, are already nourishing yourself in the morning, but you want to do even better, here are two more things you can try.

Double-check that your go-to breakfast is serving you
Many of us (myself included) are creatures of habit. If you’ve been eating the same breakfast for years, why not make sure that it’s right for you? Who knows – maybe you’d have more energy and focus if you started your day with a grounding plate of sweet potato and kale breakfast hash (topped with an egg)! Maybe you’d stay full longer if you loaded up on healthy fats like baked avocado with egg or nut butter and homemade chia jam swirled into a hot bowl of PB & J Oats. Experiment with different types of breakfasts and take note of how you feel for the rest of the morning.

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Make your breakfast more interesting (and nutritious!)
If you’ve found a few breakfasts that are easy to make and help you feel great, experiment with your faves. There are so many delicious, healthy ingredients that you can sprinkle over and stir into your not so basic oats, green pumpkin smoothies, creamsicle chia pudding parfaits, and creamy quinoa porridge. I love cacao nibs, shredded coconut, goji berries, bee pollen, hemp hearts…the list goes on! You can see even more of my favorite nutritional boosts here.

Breakfast can (and should!) be easy and energizing. When you prioritize yourself first thing in the morning, it prepares you to care for yourself throughout the day. Because breakfast is the meal that keeps on giving!

Now it’s your turn: what are some of your favorite foods to whip up for breakfast? Let’s inspire one another to upgrade our morning routine!

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