A for Apple…B for Breakfast
Breakfast, the morning meal, is a word that is slowly being erased in the dictionary of many of us. It would be a huge lie if I tell you that I have a wholesome breakfast every morning but I’ve made it a must to at least chew something on the run.
Breakfast has been labelled as “the most important meal of the day” for a very long time, but are there enough data to support that statement?
Well just google the words “Breakfast and Performance” and you’ll end up with hundreds of articles to read. One interesting article by Rampersaud and colleagues (2005) clearly demonstrates that breakfast eaters were less likely to be overweight and have better cognitive function related to memory, test grades and school attendance.
It is nevertheless true that preparing breakfast in the morning can be a real burden, specially when you have to juggle between the numerous daily tasks.
So here are just 5 easy and wise ways to get a healthy breakfast “ON THE RUN” or just “BETWEEN MEETINGS”.
1. Bring on the Mini(s)
With your busy mornings, cooking a proper meal for breakfast is just not possible. However what you can easily afford are the mini portion of food products available in the supermarket. Buy the max during weekends. Get some pre-packed french toasts, mini butter, jam or cream cheese and just bring to work. Find few minutes to eat your breakfast while drafting your mails.
2. The “I carry everything” Tip
Bring your cereals, milk, sugar, yogurt, fruits, nuts…well everything you want as food at work. It’s still legal. If you are not the “Bread & Butter Cheese” fan, then just pack your cereals. But ensure that you have a microwave at work. Mix everything in a bowl and put it in the microwave. It just takes few minutes for your breakfast to be ready. Get back to your desk. It will cost you nothing, probably just a few jealous colleagues who didn’t have the idea.
3. Don’t get too fancy
In the early morning when the alarm goes off and all you want to do is hit the snooze button to get few more minutes of shut-eye, your body does not really crave elegance and fine dining. It just needs good food . Wholegrain bread, cereals and oats have been nominated as those which can keep you alert up to your lunch time. On the other hand, sugary cereals and even those sugar-rich cereal bars will provide you with rapid sugars and your stomach will keep on annoying you by sending signals to your brain like “I’m starving, bring on the food right now”.
4. Cheers to the Toast
A toast is prepared within 2 minutes. If you are the lucky one who can afford 10-15 minutes to eat a breakfast then just put your wholewheat bread in a toaster and prepare your beverages (coffee, tea, milk or juice. Come on, avoid the beer at 7.00 a.m). The variations with toasts are endless. Toasts with jam, butter, cheese, honey, eggs, peanut butter. Eat a fruit to balance all of it. Banana is usually the winner.
5. Fruit = Friend
There is a huge breakfast company much better than the rest and it’s called NATURE with billions of factories called TREES. Fruits are ideal with their big luggage of fiber, water, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and even a little energy. In the time it takes to say “I don’t have time to eat breakfast”, you can take 2 bites of a banana. While waiting in a traffic jam, you can eat your fruit or your packed breakfast. Complete with a good cup of coffee at work.
As I’ve always been saying: Drinking coffee in the morning gives you energy but sharing it with someone gives you a beautiful story.