I love breakfast foods. From moist, soft scrambled eggs served with slightly crisped bacon and hash browns to flaky buttermilk biscuits coated with rich, creamy, sausage studded gravy, breakfast, for me, is an extra special meal. I generally save eating breakfast for days when I can Slow Food my way through the meal, and it’s become very apparent to me that I’ve convinced myself I don’t have time to prepare breakfast during the week.
Considering I am nocturnal and a freelance writer, it’s easy for me to stay awake until 2:00am any given night of the week but I have a weekday job that I need to physically be at bright and early. Needless to say, my morning routine has become less than accommodating for being able to enjoy the most important meal of the day. Typically—even during times when I get to bed at a decent hour—my REM sleep does not hit until around 4:00am. Just when I fall into deep sleep my alarm goes off. I hit the snooze button anywhere from five to 15 times before jumping out of bed, brushing my teeth, getting dressed and out the door and in my car and on the freeway; then driving like a bat out of Hell to get to work on time. How limited is my time in the morning? I rarely brush my hair. Thankfully bed head suits me and I don’t give a hoot about what anyone thinks I look like in the morning, especially after just four hours of sleep.
What I am about to type is nothing new. After all, how many times can one hear or read about how important it is to eat breakfast and maintain balanced meals? Obviously I need to hear and read it a lot. This post, for me, is the equivalent of writing down a goal, because I generally follow through with personal goals when I get them on paper—even if it’s virtual paper. Also, I may have some readers who are having similar breakfast issues so this post may come in handy for them.
Back to Breakfast Goals
While I know it will be impossible to prepare weekday breakfasts that require lackadaisical reading—like my Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Studded Gravy recipe—I certainly know, with a little planning, working simple breakfast foods back into my life is doable.
I know me so well, so there are a few strategies I need to put in place in order to up my odds of making breakfast a part of my life. Some strategies that immediately come to mind include:
- Before going to bed, put all non-refrigerated foods for the next day’s breakfast on the kitchen counter, e.g., peanut butter, English muffins, etc. (for me, out of sight is definitely out of mind at 6am).
- Before going to bed, chop any fruit needed for the next day’s breakfast.
- Before going to bed, put necessary non-food items on the counter, e.g., parchment paper for wrapping breakfast sandwiches, baggies for fruit, etc.
- Mark foods that—if I have to—I can eat in my car while driving to work. I’ll mark these foods on my menus as ‘Moveable Feast (MF),’ because I definitely need to jazz up this goal to keep the momentum going.
Here’s this week’s breakfast menu:
Monday – Toasted Multi-Grain English Muffin with Peanut Butter and Honey (MF)
Tuesday – Breakfast Smoothie: 1 chopped, frozen banana; ½ c yogurt; ¼ c skim milk; ¼ t vanilla extract (MF)
Wednesday – For now, I do not work on Wednesdays, so I’ll fix something that takes longer to prepare: Steel Cut Oatmeal with Blueberries
Thursday – Breakfast Sandwich: Toasted Multi-Grain English Muffin with Sunny Side Up Egg and Slice of Ham Steak (MF)
Friday – Breakfast Burrito: Scrambled Egg, Frozen Hash Browns or Pre-Blanched Cubed Potatoes, Cilantro, Avocado, Prepared Salsa (MF)
While re-reading my breakfast goals, strategies, and menu items I’m chuckling, because it all seems so simple but, indubitably, feeling like I do not have time to eat breakfast is no laughing matter. If this week’s breakfast plan works out for me, I may need to implement a weekly breakfast menu until I get into a groove. I also know I need to work on my sleep schedule but that’s a completely different goal and blog post. One baby step at a time.
I’m off to the grocery store. Wish me luck!