Personal confession: I am not a morning person. Waking up is too hard and I 100% agree with Zooey Deschanel‘s thoughts on the subject:
But I have to admit, there is one good thing about mornings: breakfast! I mean, really, who doesn’t love breakfast food? No one, that’s who.
It’s a bit of a conundrum for us non-morning people though. On the one hand, breakfast is awesome: it’s the most important meal of the day, it gets your body off to a good start, and all breakfast food tastes amazing (bacon, anyone?). But on the other hand, making breakfast takes time. Time we’d rather spend savoring every last second of sweet, glorious sleep. So we have to choose: do we squeeze in a few more luxurious zzzz’s, or do we drag ourselves out of bed early to make a healthy breakfast? It’s a tough decision. And I don’t like making decisions in the morning!!!
Thankfully, I’ve discovered some breakfast hacks that offer the best of both worlds. With just a little prep on a Sunday evening or the night before an early start, I can make a healthy morning meal in seriously no time at all. Check out these two anti-morning-person-approved breakfast ideas:
Scrambled Egg Whites & Veggies (Courtesy of Kelly Barnes, StayFit Personal Training)
- Chop up about 1 cup each of red bell peppers, grape tomatoes and spinach. Toss together and divide into 5-6 equal portions in individual Ziploc bags.
- Add 2/3 cup liquid egg whites into each Ziploc bag. Store in the fridge.
- In the morning, heat a lightly greased non-stick pan over medium heat. Pour in one bag-o-breakfast and scramble.
- Devour like the sleepy zombie you are.
Marcos: On their own, the eggs are 113 calories – 0g fat – 6g carbs – 20g protein.
I usually add 1/2 toasted multigrain english muffin with 1 tbsp. all-natural almond butter for an additional 145 calories – 9g fat – 14g carbs – 6g protein.
Meal total: 258 calories – 15g fat – 20g carbs – 26g protein
Adding 1 serving (1/2 cup) of plain oatmeal is another good option, and adds 150 calories – 3g fat – 27g carbs – 5g protein
Meal total: 263 calories – 3g fat – 33g carbs – 25g protein
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Overnight Oats (Courtesy of Popsugar Fitness, with slight adaptations by me)
- Combine 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt, 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 cup uncooked oats, 1/4 cup chocolate protein powder (my favorite is Shredz Thermogenic Protein for Women – super easy to digest and tastes SOOO GOOD!), and 2 tbsp. maple syrup in a large bowl.
- Once combined, add in 1 tsp. chocolate chips, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, and 1/8 tsp. nutmeg. Stir until well-mixed.
- Divide mixture in half and store in two microwave safe containers in the fridge.
- In the morning, pop one container in the microwave for about 45 seconds.
- Bask in the glory of basically eating cookie dough for breakfast (healthy, protein-packed cookie dough)
Marcos: 332 calories – 5.6g fat – 50.4g carbs – 22.3g protein.
Two options that make 5 and 2 servings of breakfast, respectively. Spend about 15 minutes on a Sunday night prepping these bad boys and you’ve got breakfast for the whole week! Now you can enjoy every last drop of sleep in the morning and still get a healthy punch of energy to help start your day.
Even I’d wake up for that!