We all know by now that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A healthy breakfast sets the tone for your day. It gives you energy, balances your blood sugar, and helps minimize the risk of a mid-morning trip to Starbucks.
On Monday, January 7, 2019, we kick off our New Year, New Routine Meal Planning Challenge, and the focus of Week #1 is... you guessed it! Breakfast. During this first week of the challenge - we want you to focus on planning out your breakfasts, and to incorporate a variety of colors and nutrients while still keeping it delicious and easy.
I have a very specific way of planning my morning meals that not only gives me a wide variety of nutrients each week but also requires a minimum amount of energy and decision making to start my day.
Today, I am going to share my exact breakfast meal planning strategy with you, and how you can use it for Week #1 of our New Year, New Routine Meal Planning Challenge too!
Monday, Tuesday Wednesday: Overnight Oats
The reason I eat overnight oats for breakfast from Monday to Wednesday is that they're easy to prep on Sunday and not have to think about it for three whole days.
I’ve professed my love for overnight oats in the past, and with good reason! Fiber is one of the most important nutrients to focus on at breakfast since it balances blood sugar, keeps you full for hours, gets your metabolism going, and helps with, you know… elimination.
Since most overnight oat recipes use oats, chia seeds, and some kind of fresh fruit, they provide around 8 to 12 grams of fiber per serving. If your week starts out with a lot of running around, they're also easy to eat on-the-go.
Here are some of my favorite overnight oats recipes to add to your next meal plan:
Thursday & Friday: Smoothies
Once my overnight oats run out, I switch to smoothies for breakfast. Having smoothies later in the week is perfect as most of the ingredients for smoothies are frozen, so there's no need to worry about them staying fresh if you grocery shop on the weekend. Smoothies are also incredibly quick to make in the morning, so there’s no excuse to skip breakfast.
Nutritionally, I love smoothies because they make it easy to sneak a ton of veggies in! My favorites are frozen cauliflower and leafy greens. I always add protein powder to balance blood sugar and keep myself feeling full.
If I'm feeling extra organized, I'll pre-make smoothie packs by adding all the ingredients except the liquid into a Ziploc bag and storing them in the freezer. When breakfast rolls around, I just dump the smoothie bag and add liquid into my blender.
Here are some of my favorite smoothie recipes to add to your next meal plan:
Saturday & Sunday: Eggs
On the weekend I tend to have a little more time for cooking, and I like to get more creative in the kitchen. My weekend breakfasts usually consist of eggs with some kind of starch, and whatever else I have kicking around from my last grocery shop.
I almost always eat my eggs whole, since the yolks contain healthy fats and vital nutrients like choline, which are important for brain health. Pairing eggs with a starch like toast, plantains, or oats, provides sustained energy for fuelling whatever weekend adventures I find myself on.
Here are some of my favorite egg-based breakfast recipes to add to your next meal plan:
So are you ready to plan your breakfasts for Week #1 of our New Year, New Routine Meal Planning Challenge? Amazing! Click here to log in to That Clean Life and get started. Don't forget to share your plan with us on Instagram by tagging @thatcleanlife and using the tag #thatcleanlife
Our New Year New Routine Meal Planning Challenge kicks off on Monday, January 7, 2019. This is a four-week challenge that will help you master the art of meal planning and feel awesome. Learn more about the challenge here.
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