It sounds cliché but it’s true: breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
All night, our bodies are in a natural starvation mode and begin to breakdown our muscle for protein and create its own sugar. We want to take our bodies out of that mode as early as possible after we wake-up, typically within the first hour.
Starting your caloric intake earlier also helps you eat less later in the day. A frequent complaint I hear from my patients, pediatric or adults, is that they do not have time for breakfast. Here are some of my quick go-to breakfast recipes that have a complete balance of protein and fiber…oh yeah, and are delicious, too!
Chia is not everyone's go-to breakfast, but it should be! My Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding is full of goodness and when you top it with mini chocolate chips you get that sweet note that you might be craving in the morning. Chia is full of calcium, iron and magnesium to name a few and when you let it sit with liquid it swells up and makes for a delicious pudding.
MORE: Try Another Chia Recipe - Hazelnut Chocolate Chia Pudding
My Buckwheat Pancakes are made of only 4 ingredients and they are delicious. The recipe yields 12 pancakes so it's perfect on a Sunday when your family finally all gets together. You can also make the entire yield and freeze them and only take out a few at a time for a quick breakfast alternative.
Like the chia pudding, Overnight Oats are another easy way to prepare your breakfast the night before and have it ready in the morning. I suggest almond milk, but you can use other type of milk if you prefer. If you would rather make your oats fresh in the morning just add all of the ingredients into a small saucepan over low-heat. It should only take about 5 minutes to get to the perfect consistency so you'll still have time to eat and get out of the door on time.