Eating breakfast is the last thing on my mind most mornings. I’m always in a hurry. I don’t have time to enjoy a delicious plate of french toast, or a fancy omelet. My morning routine usually consists of waking up late, rushing to get ready, and racing out the door. I certainly don’t have the time to make a nutrient rich super smoothie? Or do I?
Since science recommends that people who eat breakfast tend to maintain healthier habits, I’ve been forced to rethink things. as scientific data suggests that daily productivity decreases as a result of skipping breakfast. I can attest to this because my own brain remains in a fog until I get something in my stomach.
When I don’t properly nourish myself in the morning, I also tend to become more agitated (although I hide it well) and I may even react adversely to frustrating situations (if the subway is overcrowded, then I have an excuse).
A Logical Solution:
If you’re a busy professional, with a busy schedule, it’s going to be hard to eat the right thing all of the time. The best way to make sure you’re giving your body the nutrients it needs is to periodically overload. A simple hack I use is to keep several “grab & go” healthy foods in my refrigerator. Eating healthy on the fly gives you less time to think about your decisions. This means you’ll most likely have no time to complain about doing the right thing.
One of my favorite “grab & go” foods is the trusty hard-boiled egg. Almonds, sunflower seeds, bananas (and other fruits), and full-fat Greek yogurt are other good choices too. As an added “eye” bonus, the yolk of a hard-boiled egg contains Lutein, which is one of the necessary carotenoids our eyes need to process vision. I usually grab two or three of them for my ride to work. This supplies me with enough healthy protein and fat, plus I feel more full for a longer period of time.
Super Food Overload:
Even though I’m always in a hurry, I make time to overload on super foods before I head out the door. On Sunday nights, I chop up veggies for the week so I can make a nutrient rich super smoothie every day. When I have the veggies ready to go, it takes no more than two minutes for my Nutri-Bullet to blend everything up. When I overload in the morning, I’m not too worried about not getting enough nutrition during the day. In fact, it’s actually an excellent way to give myself the nutrition I typically won’t get otherwise. Best of all, I can do it all for about $25 a week, which definitely equals a bargain in my neck of the woods.
- 1-2 cups baby spinach and or kale (any dark leafy greens will do)
- 2 peeled carrots (cut in half)
- 1 peeled beet
- ½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 stalk of celery (chopped in half)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (healthy fat)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds (optional)
- ½ banana
- 1-2 cups of almond or coconut milk (water works too)
Fill your Nutri-Bullet (or blender) with the dark greens first, then add everything else in any order. When everything is in the container, fill it to the top with almond milk so the contents are covered. Blend until smooth and drink.
Enjoy the amazing boost of nutrition.