If you had a dollar for every time you heard “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” you would probably have enough money to buy breakfast out everyday. Unfortunately, since money doesn’t fall from the sky, we are forced to make a tough decision every morning: buy breakfast, make breakfast, or my favorite, skip breakfast. Of course skipping breakfast is the worst option of the three. Your body needs the nutrients to jump start the day. Studies have shown breakfast makes you more alert, attentive, and generally a happier person throughout the day. If you’re like me, the extra ten minutes of sleep seems much more helpful than taking the time to fill your belly. So in the essence of time, buying breakfast seems to be the best option because it’s quick and easy. As we learned in the fable of the rabbit and the hare, quick does not always win the race.
Eating breakfast out is a costly and unhealthy option. My best friend pointed out she was spending over 100 dollars a month. Now she takes yogurt and granola which brings her monthly cost down to about 30 dollars, but if you’re like me, granola and yogurt aren’t exactly going to get you to lunch. The reason why those bodega bagel and eggs sandwiches taste so good is because they are dripping with butter, and empty calories!
You may think yuck, gross, or no thank you, but I’m telling you, oatmeal will save your day. At only .33 cents per serving, 150 calories, 4 g of fiber, and no cholesterol or sodium, oatmeal is seriously the super breakfast. It also has that “stick to your ribs” power grandma always talked about, leaving you full until lunchtime. Plus, you can make it in the microwave and it literally takes five minutes.
If you don’t like the sometimes goopy texture of the grain, making it in the microwave leaves it with a more palatable texture. If taste is your concern try some of the mix-ins below.
Chefleen’s Fave- chia seeds/mill, agave, dried cranberries, almond milk
Apple Pie-cinnamon, brown sugar, almonds, applesauce/chopped apple
Yogurtopia- plain greek yogurt, agave, blueberries
Peaches and Cream-cinnamon, canned peaches, honey, almond milk
Sweet Tooth-banana, hot chocolate mix, almond milk, chocolate chips
Even with mix-ins oatmeal still costs about a dollar a day. So no more excuses for not eating breakfast! Although dollars still won’t fall from the sky when you hear that expression, you can smile because you’ll have more in your pockets, a full belly, and Mr. Quaker to thank.