Some consider breakfast as the most important meal of the day. Start your day off right with a simple, healthy breakfast to keep you fueled and focused. VEBA’s Executive Chef, Leslie Myers, offers simple breakfast tips to keep you going all day long.
- Have Ingredients on Hand: Every week when you meal prep, don’t just think about dinner, think about breakfast, too. Be sure to have eggs available as those can be used for almost any breakfast recipe but also add turkey bacon, whole wheat English muffins, chopped veggies and low-fat cheese to your list. If you eat dairy, don’t forget the milk (if you don’t eat dairy, buy a milk alternative).
- Add More Vegetables: Instead of ‘avoiding this or that’, try adding in more vegetables. Try and get a variety of colors: red peppers, green peppers, white onions, green scallions, white mushrooms, etc…to include with your omelet or breakfast skillet.
- Change Up the Spices & Add-Ins: Even if you use the same main ingredients every day — eggs and vegetables — you can change up the spices and add-ins to create a new taste. You can change from cumin to garam masala to oregano and basil for a new taste every day. Then, if you change up your add-ins, like avocados for omelettes or pumpkin seeds and granola for your yogurt, you’ll have something new to try.
- Don’t Overthink It: Your mornings are already busy enough. Save the massive breakfast feast for the weekends, and focus on creating quick, healthy breakfasts for your family. An egg omelet with whole wheat toast or a yogurt “parfait” with fresh fruit and granola are the perfect ways to start your day.
- Eat Together as a Family: Who says dinner is the only time to eat together as a family? This may not be possible but if it is, give it a try. You don’t need to do it every day — maybe you designate certain days your kids have to roll out of bed earlier to sit with the family — but it will be worth it.
Breakfast is a must, and making sure everyone is fueled and fed for a focused day is so important. For breakfast recipe ideas, check out VEBA Resource Center’s library of recipes.