I am a hardcore morning person. By that I mean I have absolutely no problem waking up at 5:30am to tackle my day. In the early morning, I feel like I can take over the world: I have tons of energy, I work fast and think creatively, and am typically in a great mood (which is why most of my blog posts are written before sunrise). I realize this is in no way normal and many people would kill to have more pep in the morning, but before you get too envious, let me tell you about my evening self.
By 9pm I’m dead. I have zero desire to do more than pour myself a glass of alcohol. I can’t think straight, I’m flooded with anxiety, and I question whether everything I worked so hard on during the day was a waste of time – in a nutshell, I become a vegetable and the sole solution is to go the f*** to sleep. I realize this is also not typical, but I’ve been this way most of my adult life. Anyone else experience this stark contrast in mood throughout the day?
Since my mornings are usually upbeat and energetic, I feel like the morning is the perfect time of day to do something good for yourself. Let’s face it: most of us eat lunch in front of a computer and dinner in front of the Netflix machine. Breakfast is an amazing opportunity to eat an energizing, nourishing meal, perhaps your only one that day. The reason why I f***ing love breakfast is two-fold: the first is that practicing good habits breeds other good habits. Like you know when after a workout you usually go for a healthy meal because you don’t want to spoil the good work you just did? It’s kinda like that, so if you start a healthy breakfast habit, you’re more likely to adopt other healthy habits simultaneously. The second is that even if after breakfast you eat a bag of M&M’s for lunch and greasy pizza for dinner, you’ll know you still had at least one healthy meal that day.
The problem with healthy breakfast is that most people don’t make time for it – we’re mostly just trying to remember to wear pants and unplug our hot hair tools before running out the door. But just a little time dedicated to prepping in advance can make all the difference. Case in point: overnight oats. I realize this genius technique is less of a trend now and more mainstream, but I also know that many of you who read my blog are beginner cooks so I’m providing the recipe below.
Overnight oats are literally the perfect breakfast because they’re assembled in advance and DON’T EVEN REQUIRE COOKING! – a total game-changer. Oatmeal is high in fiber and protein (which help keep you feeling satiated), as well as iron; it helps detoxify your digestive system and can help lower cholesterol, too. Some studies suggest it can even help fight cancer. Overnight oats are also the perfect vessel for other superfoods, like fruits, nuts, seeds and even matcha. The chia seeds in this recipe add fiber, protein, calcium and magnesium, and well as make the oatmeal creamier and thicker. The version below gets topped with creamy peanut butter and bananas (my personal favorite combo) but feel free to get creative with it. Not a fan of overnight oatmeal recipes? Here are some other nutritious ideas to try:
So are you super inspired to start a healthy breakfast habit now?! If yes, join the club by tagging your healthy breakfast Instagram pics with #ieffinglovebreakfast!
- ½ cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup or honey
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup "old-fashioned" rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- Suggested topping: 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter + 1 chopped banana
- In a lidded container, combine milk, maple syrup and salt. Stir to combine. Stir in oats and chia seeds, making sure oats are fully hydrated.
- Close container tightly and refrigerate overnight.
- To serve, stir oatmeal and transfer to a serving bowl. Top with peanut butter and banana.