There is a day for just about everything, and Better Breakfast Day proves it. Better Breakfast Day is designed to help you focus on the “most important meal of the day” and get the nutrition your body needs for that initial burst of energy.
Skipping breakfast is one of the worst ways you can start your day, but is loading up on a bowl of frosted, cocoa, puffy goodness any better? Better Breakfast Day is designed to help you focus on healthy breakfast foods and get the nutrition you need.
The first step is to look at your own breakfast. It’s unreasonable to assume that someone who typically only has coffee each morning is going to dive into a 3-course meal. But everyone can make some changes to their breakfast routine to make it better.
The following tips will help you get started in the right direction.
1. Create a Routine and Love It
No matter what you’re going to have for breakfast, make it a special part of your day that you look forward to. That means no gulping down coffee as you race out the door and stop shoving a donut in your mouth at work because you’re famished.
This might mean getting up a little earlier. Stop complaining and give it a try. You’ll get used to the new hours, and you’ll find that sitting down for 20 minutes and enjoying a meal and the morning news or a quick read of a novel or a crossword puzzle will become a habit you don’t want to quit.
2. Take Your Supplements
Even the healthiest breakfast can be healthier with the right supplements. No matter what nutrients you’re trying to add to your regimen, breakfast is the perfect time to take them.
We suggest trying a delicious collagen smoothie that features LiveWell Collagen Peptides for a boost of protein that supports hair, skin, nail, and joint health. Add this season’s harvest highlights to your smoothie, and you’ve got a breakfast that you will love and that will love you back.
3. Go Local and Go Fresh
Speaking of the season’s highlights, use local and fresh ingredients to inspire your meals. For example, a handful of fresh blueberries from the local farmer’s market can brighten up so many breakfast options with a pop of flavor and healthy antioxidants.
Just let your imagination run wild. There are so many different blueberry recipes to choose from. You could have blueberry muffins, blueberry blintzes, blueberries on your cereal, blueberry pancakes, blueberry buckle, blueberry smoothie (with collagen peptides of course), and overnight blueberry oats. And that’s just blueberries!
4. Plan Ahead
Breakfast comes around pretty quickly, especially if you’re a slow riser. The best way to be ready is to prepare for it ahead of time.
Sometimes that means whipping up a container of overnight oats or baking a frittata that you can warm up the next morning. Other days it just means getting to the grocery store and stocking up on cereal and milk.
Whatever you need to pre-plan your breakfast, do it. Make that extra effort to treat your body right in the morning because you’ll be glad you did.
As a little extra tip break out your slow cooker and try a slow cooker breakfast casserole. Almost as if by magic, these little nuggets of nutrition cook during the eight hours you sleep. While you slumber, their aroma fills the house with a scent that will have you hopping out of bed, excited about the meal ahead.
5. Play With Your Food
Never be boring again. You got this, it just takes a little creativity and willingness to experiment, but therein lies the fun.
A bowl of cereal is just that, a bowl of cereal. But what if you add some nuts and fruit to it? Then that bowl of cereal is a little more exciting. What if you add bacon crumbles and a dash of cayenne powder? Then that cereal is bold and in charge!
What about your sad, boring egg and toast? You know what to do here, right? Add avocado to that toast, because avocado toast is the trendiest thing a millennial ever saw.
But that’s so 2016, you’re better than that. What your breakfast needs is a little chevre, sundried tomatoes, and some arugula, topped with CBD infused aioli.
Now you get the idea. It’s time to come up with your own clever ways to make your breakfast sing!
6. Consider Your Workout
You can actually improve your morning workout if you eat breakfast first. The Mayo Clinic has some food and fitness tips that include eating your breakfast at least one hour before your workout, so you’re appropriately fueled. They say that carbohydrates before exercise can improve your performance and allow you to work out longer with more intensity.
If your workout is in the morning, you’ll also want to think about how much you’re going to eat, which foods are better for your workout, which help you stay hydrated, and you might want to break up your breakfast so you can eat something before and after you've done the sweating.
The goal of Better Breakfast Day is not to have one day where you give your body the nutrients it craves, but it’s the first day of a better way of breakfast-ing. Make the most of your mornings by treating yourself to some exciting meals that nourish you and give you a burst of energy.
In fact, the right foods can help you turn your dreaded workout into the enthusiasm-inspiring fitness frenzy that gym rats claim it can be. It’s true that breakfast sets the tone for so much you do in the day that it’s hard to believe you’re neglecting it.
Look at your regular breakfast routine and decide where you can make some improvements. Start small and build from there. With time, you’ll find that you not only love breakfast, but you’re also really rocking the routine.
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