Starting the day with a satisfying, robust breakfast is essential to a busy mum’s health. Research shows that women who eat a good breakfast, consume less kilojoules overall in the day and they tend to have slimmer body types and are more successful at keeping extra weight off in the long run.
And even beyond providing that stability for maintaining a desirable body weight, starting your day with healthy nourishment is also essential for stress resiliency, steady moods and the energy to keep up with the kids.
When our bodies are fed nutrient dense, slow burning foods first thing in the morning, that combination sets up a calm biochemistry that keeps us resilient to the demands of our schedules. But as any mum knows, mornings are one of the most hectic times of the day.
If you struggle with finding the time in the morning to eat a substantial and healthy breakfast consider these strategies to make it work for you:
1. Prep the night before
Try scrambling eggs, chopping spinach, and crumbling feta in a bowl the night before. The next morning, there’s just butter to melt in a pan and in 2 minutes you have a omelette ready to go. You could also try making breakfast in the slow-cooker so it’s ready to go straightaway.
2. Batch bake
Take some time on the weekend to “batch cook” healthy breakfast bars or muffins with whole grains, healthy fats, nuts and dried fruit. Wrap them individually and keep them in the freezer. A quick thaw in the toaster oven will leave you with a hearty breakfast to go.
3. Assemble it quick
Plan for a meal that can be put together in a flash, like yoghurt with muesli and dried fruit, or peanut butter and jam on wholegrain bread.
When you need to eat your breakfast in a tight time frame, we would love to have you share your own tips and ideas for how you make that happen for yourself?
More ways to make the mornings work:
- Your Guide to Smooth School Mornings
- How to Have a “No Nag” Morning – Tips that Really Work
- Quick Breakfast Ideas to Make School Mornings a Breeze