Although it is said to be the most important meal of the day, breakfast is often skipped by people with busy schedules. Some choose to replace breakfast with a cup of coffee and a cigarette, while others prefer to have something “to go,” often full of carbs that are bad for their health.
According to a study conducted in 2011 by The NDP Group/The Morning MealScape, around 31 million Americans tend to skip breakfast. The study showed that teenagers are more likely to go to school without eating breakfast than small children. About 28% of the young males (18-34 years old) choose to only eat twice a day.
The most common reasons why people go to work or school without food in their stomachs include not being hungry, running late or being too busy. Because women are usually the ones who prepare children to go to school and handle everything in the morning, they are most likely to skip breakfast as opposed to their male counterparts.
Not eating the first meal of the day is often related to various health problems, including headaches, nausea, and even overweight and obesity, as people often feel the need to compensate by eating more for lunch and dinner.
So, if you plan on living a healthier and more active lifestyle, here are some easy tips that can help you spare ten minutes for breakfast even if you have a hectic schedule.
Having a meal charter may not seem like the most fun thing to do but will certainly help you avoid surprises and a lack of imagination in the morning. A meal plan is not only useful for knowing exactly what you’ll have for breakfast but is also great when you want to keep track of what you’re eating and cut down some calories.
You can start planning all your meals or just stick to breakfast at the beginning. We suggest writing down the list on Sunday or during the weekend so you’ll have enough time to hit the grocery store and purchase all the ingredients you will require in the morning. This will help you save even more time after you wake up.
Having a meal plan will force you to stay disciplined and focused and will also let you know in advance what you’ll eat so you know exactly how much time it takes for you to cook your breakfast.
Set up your alarm clock ten minutes earlier
We get it, you’re not a morning person, but this doesn’t give you an excuse good enough to skip breakfast daily. While we acknowledge that some mornings are rougher than others and you will have to settle in for a bagel and a cold coffee once in a while, constantly skipping breakfast is a sign of poor time management.
One easy thing you can do to always make sure you have enough time for everything is to simply set up your alarm clock ten minutes earlier. Since you are already familiar with your morning routine, adding a few extra minutes will allow you to go to the fridge and have a snack at the very least.
Snoozing is your worst enemy in the morning! Set up the alarm clock and learn to live by it. Constantly postponing your waking up hour will only mess up with your biorhythm and put you in a hurry each morning.
The best thing to do is to wake up at the exact hour your alarm rings, without excuses or exceptions. This will also help your brain to function normally and get back to reality faster.
Have all the ingredients ready
Another tip to give you enough time to do all your tasks in the morning, including preparing a delicious and healthy breakfast, is to have everything set up. Again, a meal plan would be a convenient solution because you will always know what to cook. But, if you cannot seem to stick to the rules, think a bit in advance.
Whether we’re talking about scrambled eggs, omelet, sausages, bacon or milk and cereals, try having all the ingredients ready a night before. Prepare all your pots, pans, and plates a few hours ahead, and you will find out that there is enough time for everything the next morning.
No matter if you are the designated chef of your family, you deserve some time off too. Talk to your partner and decide on a common schedule for cooking breakfast and getting the kids ready for school. By splitting the chores and responsibilities, you will gain precious minutes that you can spend relaxing or finishing your morning rituals such as applying makeup or stretching your muscles.
Having similar schedules in the morning with your significant other means you can look after the kids while he or she is cooking breakfast. Whether it is just a bowl with cereals and milk, not having to worry about what you’re going to eat will adjust your stress and anxiety levels, helping you relax more and take things slower.
If you still don’t have enough time to sit at the table and eat, this doesn’t mean you have to start work on an empty stomach. Why not prepare a delicious smoothie packed with vitamins, minerals, and natural antioxidants that will boost your energy levels and help you stay focused for the entire morning?
The best thing about smoothies is that there are thousands of delicious recipes you can try and it won’t take more than two minutes to prepare them. All you have to do is throw in the blender your favorite ingredients and mix them for 30 seconds. You can even have your smoothie to go and drink it while you’re in the car, complaining about traffic or taking your kids to school.