Feel Calmer and Be Healthier in the Morning – Grab-and-Go Breakfasts

 

Calm.Healthy.Sexy. is all about helping women take small positive steps that eventually lead to feeling calmer, being healthier, and feeling sexier.  This weekend’s small step is – plan ahead so that you and your family can enjoy quick, healthy breakfasts next week.  Most women find that weekday mornings are very hectic.  Getting the kids off to school, getting ready for work, getting ready to homeschool – whatever you’re doing that day, it often leads to a last-minute rush for breakfast.  So take about an hour this weekend and get breakfast organized for next week.  Here’s what I did:

  1. Make smoothies and freeze them.  I love, love, love this strategy.  We often have over-ripe bananas at our house, and I like to turn them into smoothies.  My basic recipe is 1 banana, 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of frozen berries, and 1/3 cup yogurt.  You may need a touch of sugar, but taste before adding it.  Before freezing I sprinkle the top of each container with Fruit Fresh (it helps maintain the lovely color), but this is optional.  I used to freeze them in rectangular Gladware containers, which work fine, but this week I found Ball Freezer Jars at Walmart and realized that they are perfect for freezing smoothies!  No need to pour from the rectangular container to a cup – the container is a cup!  (I am unreasonably excited about this discovery.)
  2. Make healthy snack bars or muffins and package them in individual servings.  My current favorite is Grab and Go Snack Bars from Eat at Home Cooks, but I also like Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins from Cooking Light (you can substitute some whole wheat flour for the regular flour in this recipe).  Choose any bar or muffin that your family likes, but try to use one that includes some healthy ingredients and is reasonably low in fat and sugar.  One bar or muffin with a glass of low-fat milk is a delicious way to start the day.
  3. Package nut mix or trail mix in individual containers or sandwich bags.  (If you’re watching your weight, be sure to measure – nuts are very healthy, but their calories can add up quickly).  This is the ultimate grab-an-go breakfast (or snack), when you just don’t have time for anything else.

So there it is, part of my grab-and-go stash for next week.  I’m not a morning person, so having breakfast items on hand that I or anyone in the family can eat quickly or grab on the way out the door helps me feel a bit calmer, and helps all of us be a little bit healthier.

What are your strategies for feeling calmer and being healthier in the morning.  Please share them in the comments section.

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Have a great weekend,

Gaye

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Comments

    • GC says

      Hi Aileen – I usually take one out when I get up in the morning and leave it out while I get ready, then take it to work with me. By the time I get to work it’s just about thawed. If you want to have one earlier in the morning, I would definitely try thawing it in the fridge overnight to see how that works.

      Thanks for stopping by.
      Gaye

  1. says

    Wow – I love this tip to use ball containers. I’m going to have to go buy some. We are getting into the habit of having smoothies for breakfast. I’m glad you linked up at Take it on Tuesday!! Pinning this.

    Hope to see you next week!

    • GC says

      Thanks Betsy. Sorry I am just seeing your comment – for some reason it went to Spam. Yes, I love the Ball containers for freezing smoothies. Sometimes I even use them when I’m just making the smoothie and taking it on the road, since they have lids.

      Thanks so much for stopping by.
      Gaye

  2. says

    Such great tips! I really like the idea of freezing a smoothie-then if you want a pick-me-up in the afternoon it will be thawed! You are welcome to link up on tomorrow’s Photo Friday over at Ladies Holiday! Cheers!

    • GC says

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I just checked out Ladies Holiday and am now following you by email. I would love to participate in Photo Friday, although I am not a very good photographer (yet!). I’ll have to see what I can come up with.

      Gaye

  3. says

    I make smoothies about 4-5 mornings a week… I freeze all my own fruit and add. We usually add orange juice instead of milk and a spoonful of condensed milk for sweetener.. I add a little bit more to my husband’s after I mix it. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday… Great idea to make them up and freeze them. Please link back to Foodie Friends Friday ( http://www.foodiefriendsfriday.com/) and remember to come back on Sunday to vote.

    • GC says

      Right now I am buying frozen berries, but I really need to start freezing my own fruit when it is in season. I like the idea of using orange juice – I’m going to give that a try this week. I have linked to you and will check back on Sunday.

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Gaye

    • GC says

      Thanks Pamela! I am so happy to have found your site too. I think that I am now following you on Twitter too (although I’m still trying to figure out Twitter – lol).

      Blessings,
      Gaye

  4. says

    I found your blog through Mingle Mondays and I love the entire concept of your blog. So positive!

    I have a hard time getting going in the morning but always make time for that well-needed smoothie. I love the idea of a frozen smoothie to grab and go. I’ll be following along for more tips and insight.

    • GC says

      Thank you, Michaela. I love the Mingle Monday blog hop. I am not a morning person, so I find it hard to get going in the morning too. I threw one of my frozen smoothies in my bag this morning and drank it when I got to work. Much better than picking up a biscuit on the way to work or skipping breakfast altogether!

      Gaye

    • GC says

      Thank you, Esther! I am thrilled to be chosen as this week’s Featured Blog. Will definitely stop by and see what is going on with the blog hop this week.

      Gaye

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