There’s no starting pistol sound effect option on my iPhone.
That’s too bad, because that would certainly make for an appropriate morning alarm around my house, and perhaps yours as well. It’s too bad, because that morning alarm marks a daily race against time.
A race I rarely win.
So, instead of that starting pistol, it is an unfortunate chimey sound that starts my day. A jazzy marimba melody that can in no way accurately prepare me for the American Ninja Warrior-like timed skill course I must traverse between the moment I awake and the moment I clock in 17 seconds late at work.
Almost made it.
After helping my daughter find the perfect outfit and forcing my son to find ANY outfit, preparing for that 9:30 meeting that I totally forgot about, and managing to find a moment to shower and run a brush through my hair, I have little to no time for breakfast.
And I sure could sure a bite to eat.
I’ll hazard a guess that your morning routine is something nearly as hectic.
There’s a temptation to swing through the drive-thru or to make a quick, high-calorie grab-and-go decision on the way out the door to the car.
There are options that can offer you a timely and healthy breakfast to start your day with a full belly of something more than empty calories.
Here is a week’s worth of fast and healthy breakfast choices.
Strawberry and Peanut Butter Wraps
Sunday evening, spread some natural peanut butter onto a whole wheat tortilla. Nestle a few slices of fresh strawberries into the peanut butter and roll it up. Grab it out of the fridge the next morning and enjoy!
Fruit and Greek Yogurt
Don’t opt for the pre-packaged yogurt with fruit – they may be loaded with unnecessary sugars. Still have a few strawberries left over from Monday’s wraps? Cut a few into chunks and drop them into a bowl of Greek yogurt. Try blueberries, raspberries, an peaches, too!
Ham & Swiss on Toast
Top a slice of whole wheat toast with a serving of Canadian bacon or low-sodium ham and a bit of aged Swiss cheese. The protein and whole grain make for a great early morning energy boost.
The Microwave Muffin
WHAA?!?! Yes, you can “bake” a muffin in the microwave. This is one my mother-in-law showed me! Evenly combine in a large coffee mug one-quarter cup of instant oats, an egg, a few blueberries and a sprinkling of brown sugar. Microwave on high for one minute, have a look at firmness and follow-up with 30-second bursts in the microwave until the muffin is firm.
You deserve a Smoothie
In your blender, combine one cup of pineapple juice, a handful of blueberries, a small banana, a few pieces of ice from the freezer, an a touch of honey. Blend thoroughly and enjoy!
What a week!
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