Breakfast is the first meal of the day, and for busy bees like nursing assistants, this morning routine is essential. Skipping breakfast is like running your car on empty. Just like your body, there’s a big chance for it to break down in the long run.
Many studies find that eating breakfast leads to good health. It improves memory and concentration by ensuring that your brain has enough nutrients to keep you sharp and focused your entire shift.
This meal also gives you the energy boost needed to accomplish your tasks. Breakfast is a must, especially if your work is stressful and entails physical exertion. Eating healthy in the morning also improves metabolism so that you have lower chances of becoming overweight and of having diabetes and heart disease.
If you find it hard to manage meal preparation in the morning, these tips should help:
1. Prepare the ingredients the night before.
Morning hustle is the main reason why many decide to rush out of their homes with an empty stomach. The best workaround for this problem is to prepare everything that you will need the night before.
Peel and slice vegetables and fruits in advance. If you plan on making a smoothie using fruits and vegetables, put the ingredients in ice trays, pour some water to fill the tray, and then freeze overnight. In the morning, you can just pop your desired frozen ingredients into a blender, add a liquid of your choice such as milk, yogurt, or juice, and pulse away.
2. Prepare what you’ll need by batches and per serving.
The best time to do this is right after grocery shopping. Anticipate your needs and divide the ingredients into your desired serving sizes. Put each portion in zipped packages, and store them accordingly. For example, if you're buying frozen peas, divide the pack into half-cups before putting them in the freezer. This way, you don't need to thaw the entire package to get a portion.
3. Make sure that your meal is balanced.
Include some healthy sources of carbs, protein, and fat, as well as fruits and vegetables. A balanced meal need not be elaborate. All you need is a little bit of creativity and pre-planning.
Think of ways to include healthy stuff in your recipe. For example, add nuts and chia seeds to your smoothie or stir-fry spinach in the same pan where you cooked your egg.
4. If you're cooking for several people, try using muffin trays.
Each mold can easily divide the food into equal servings. This technique is helpful when you plan to cook eggs, pancakes, and quick-cooking oatmeal.
Delightful breakfast suggestions
1. Overnight oats.
This recipe is perfect for those who want to forego cooking in the morning because preparation takes place the night before. The basic ingredients of this recipe are rolled oats and milk.
In a mason jar, put the same amount of rolled oats and milk. And then let the fun part begin! Add toppings that can boost its flavor and nutritional value.
Use yogurt, fruit slices, nuts, and seeds. Examples of delicious toppings that can be combined are banana, strawberry, yogurt, chia seeds, and cashew nuts. Another tasty combo is apple-cinnamon-yogurt.
Refrigerate overnight and you’ll enjoy a healthy breakfast treat the next morning!
Omelets are made with beaten eggs that are cooked together with other ingredients of choice. You can add bits of meat, vegetables, and spices. Omelets are ridiculously easy to make. If you prepare your ingredients beforehand, you'll only need 10 minutes of cooking time, tops. Plus, it's a fully loaded meal, especially if you eat it with fruits.
To make an omelet, put some oil or butter in a heated pan and stir fry the other ingredients. Finally, pour the beaten egg over the ingredients until everything is soaking and covered. When the bottom of the omelet turns brownish, you can flip it halfway, cover the pan and turn off the stove. The remaining heat will thoroughly cook the omelet.
You can use chopped onions, mushrooms, cheese, bell peppers, tomatoes, and spinach. The more colorful, the healthier!
3. Fruity yogurt plus a poached egg on toast.
Another quick but healthy breakfast is to get some precut fruits, some nuts and swirl them in yogurt. Then toast some bread while you poach an egg. For a really delish treat, you can add sliced avocados to your toast.
Breakfast should always be a part of your morning routine. Just like putting on your clothes and shoes before going out to work, the first meal is always a necessity.
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