Eating breakfast has shown to help boost metabolism, which means your body does a better job managing your weight. This can be a key factor for some people in managing their diabetes too. But whether you're a student, parent, or working professional, your busy schedule might keep you from eating a balanced breakfast in the mornings.
That sounds impossible, doesn't it? Not quite! There are many unique "overnight oatmeal" recipes out there, but all you need to remember is the most basic recipe. Try this: simply mix 1/4 cup oats and 1/2 cup low-fat milk (or milk substitute like soy milk) in a container or jar that can be sealed tightly, and leave it in the fridge overnight. That's it! When you wake up your oatmeal is ready for breakfast. You can "dress" up your oatmeal by mixing in a tablespoon of peanut butter for some added protein, or add a bit of vanilla extract and cinnamon for additional flavor.
Choose about one or two recipes that you would eat for breakfast and set aside one day of the week to cook these recipes. To make it easy, select a recipe that yields enough servings so that you can divide and spread it throughout the week. You can also choose a recipe that might yield only one serving and simply double or triple the ingredients. Some great recipes to try out include making smoothies that you can just pour in a glass or in a to-go cup the next morning. You can also try out a savory twist on oatmeal with this Savory Mediterranean Oats or another grab and go recipe like these Mini Veggie Frittatas.
Having one large breakfast meal that can be easily warmed up the next morning, or packed in a container that you can just grab and go on your way out will save you time and ensure you get a healthy start to your day.
Whether it's a drive-through, or a restaurant that's on your way to work or school, sometimes these places are really your only options in the mornings, and that's okay! Here are some tips on how to make these places like your own kitchen and grab a healthy breakfast:
You don't need to be in a five star restaurant to request a customized meal. So remember, ask for what you want!
by Nancy S. Hughes
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