Without sounding too Pollyanna-ish about it, every day is a fresh start, and every good breakfast marks a new shot at eating well all day. Breakfast can be a reset, a declaration of healthy intent. Plus, as we all have heard, it's not wise to skip breakfast because concentration at school or work can flag on an empty stomach. Eat nothing at 8, and risk overeating at snacktime or lunch.
That's the philosophy that this month's Healthy Habits Heroes have adopted. For Maria and Josh Lichty, the bloggers behind TwoPeasAndTheirPod.com, breakfast is the ideal way to usher in a new day with their 2-year-old son, Caleb. "We want to start the morning having a conversation with one another and with our son," says Maria. "We like to talk about our upcoming days, go over our schedules, and start off on a good foot."
As with any family that has appointments to keep and commutes to make, they can't afford a lot of time for prep. For the Lichtys, the key to success lies with planning.
"People focus on being stocked for dinner, but really, you need to be equally stocked with healthy breakfast options so you're not starving at 10:30 a.m. and going to the vending machine," Maria says. "Have a breakfast game plan. That way, when your alarm goes off, you don't have to think about it."
Busy mornings aside, a more leisurely approach to breakfast rules the Lichty home on Saturday and Sunday. "On weekends we turn on the music and have dance parties while we cook breakfast," Maria says.
MARIA AND JOSH'S 3 TIPS FOR SPEEDY BREAKFASTS
- Sip on a smoothie. "Make a smoothie at night and freeze it. When you're getting ready the next morning, set it out to thaw. Use whatever fruits and veggies you have (I like bananas, blueberries, spinach, and kale). Stock up and store produce while it's on sale."
- Top your toast. "Nut butter on whole-grain toast is great for busy mornings. Add a few banana slices and a drizzle of honey. Fold that up and go. Leftovers from last night's dinner are OK to eat for breakfast, too—eating something is better than eating nothing."
- Double up and freeze. "If you're going to make breakfast once, make a double batch. Have a little that morning, and put some away for later. We make baked oatmeal on Saturday or Sunday and keep it in the fridge so we can reheat portions throughout the week. When we make pancakes or waffles, we put a stack in the freezer for the week."