Most of us have heard of the saying “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” Personally I see a huge difference when I do not eat breakfast. Within an hour or two I get very hungry and take on the overall persona of a hangry person. That’s why this week I am focusing on breakfast. I used to religiously eat honey nut cheerios and milk until I realized that it is all carbs and sugar. On top of that, I would be hungry an hour later. It does not do the trick. That said, here are the meals I made for a hearty breakfast this week that made me feel good throughout the day!
Toast avocado ham and egg: I used sourdough bread and smashed an avocado on it. I added a little bit of lemon and salt as well to bring out some more flavour. Then I ripped up some ham and covered the top with a medium cooked egg. This breakfast left me full for hours, and was very easy and quick to make. While the egg cooked I could prep the rest for a total of only 5 minutes to make.
Total Prep/Cook Time – 5 Minutes
Greek Yogurt with Granola and Strawberries: I found this meal is perfect for so many different reasons! It can be very versatile and very quick to make. Here are some pro tips from trying this recipe a few times. I have found that greek yogurt is thicker then Activia yogurt and therefore requires less to fill you up! Likewise, it can be very personalized because any berry can go in this meal, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and my personal favourite, strawberries. Another tip is to use fresh fruits and cut them onto of the granola until they need to be frozen. Then use the frozen berries and heat in the microwave first then add the yogurt and granola afterwards. This way you get the most out of the fruit you are buying. This meal became my favourite breakfast when I was in a hurry and needed something filling fast.
Total Prep/Cook Time – 3 Minutes
Classic omelette: Although this meal takes longer to make it is equally as delicious and is a very good start to the day. This omelette contains spinach, ham, onion, peppers, and feta cheese. I first cooked the spinach, peppers, ham and onions until they started to brown. While they were cooking I cracked 2 eggs into a bowl and added about 2 tbs of milk. Then I turned down the heat, added the egg mixture and put a lid on top. Omelettes are great because you can put pretty much anything into them, any leftovers from dinner the previous night like meats or potatoes. Omelettes are very personalized and can be made as long as you have eggs, everything else depends on what’s left in your fridge. I have tried plain cheddar cheese in the past and think that, in comparison, feta cheese makes this omelette taste a lot better!
Total Prep/Cook Time – 15 Minutes
Puff the Magic Pancakes: These mini pancakes take on a Yorkshire style for a yummy breakfast. Although this meal is not as healthy or balanced I think it is still important to balance meals. I firmly believe in the 80/ 20 rule of eating healthy! You can’t deprive yourself of sweets or the binging will start! To make this meal or other waffle/pancake meals more healthy there is always the option of adding berries on top or substituting syrup for jam.
Total Prep/Cook Time: 30 minutes
After this week I found that I was less hungry throughout the day so my others meals did not need to be as planned out. For my body especially I know that I need breakfast in the morning to be productive and functional. I can see how this may translate into students that do not get anything to eat before they come to schools. Knowing this, I plan to have a basket of fruits in my classroom for students to eat if they need more in the mornings. This way they are set up for a more successful day right from the beginning.