I’ve always been a morning person. I love being productive in the morning and having the entire day to look forward to. When I sleep past ten on the weekends I wake up feeling anxious and like I’ve wasted a chunk of my day. Does anyone else get this feeling? That doesn’t mean that I don’t love waking up slowly on the weekends, making breakfast, and crawling back into bed to eat it–I’ve done this the past couple of Saturdays. And who wouldn’t love smelling bacon cooking in the kitchen or slowly sipping on a steamy cup of coffee on the back patio looking out at the lake. Ok this last one I threw in there because we’re heading up to the lake next weekend for Memorial Day and I can’t waaaait for a morning like this. 🙂 🙂
Unfortunately, most of my actual mornings are more like being rudely awakened at 5:30am and having 10 min to change, eat, brush my teeth and run out the door for my morning workout. Relaxing mornings are few and far between for most of us, but it does make those Saturday mornings all the more enjoyable, don’t you think?
My first thought after waking up is usually about what I’m going to eat first (shortly followed by what’s for dinner tonight?) You know how people say, “Wow I was so rushed this morning I didn’t have time to eat breakfast.” Yea, that’s never happened to me. I’m more of an alarm-goes-off-stomach-grumbles kinda person. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and even when I’m in a hurry, I don’t like to skimp or eat something sub-par, like a plain greek yogurt (boring.) My breakfast of choice most morning usually involves oats. I love the chewy texture of all grains, nuts seeds, etc, which is why 9 times out of 10 I choose oatmeal, cereal, granola, pancakes or yogurt parfaits (with all the fixings of course) rather than eggs or breakfast sandwiches. Seriously yum though –>
Lately I’ve become a big fan of the overnight breakfast—preparing oats the night before, and refrigerating them until morning. This makes it so easy to just grab it and head off to the gym and/or work! Since I normally do workout first thing in the morning, I eat a small “snack” not big enough to truly call breakfast (usually half a banana and a spoonful of almond butter) before I head out and this is enough to tide me over until I get to work to eat my real breakfast.
I have a lot of go-to overnight oat combos that I have been trying, but this one’s super filling and packed with protein. It actually keeps me full almost until lunch time! Its tangy creamy fruity chewy texture won me over right away. It’s definitely going into my usual breakfast rotation!