We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it can also be difficult to prepare a delicious, nutritious meal first thing in the morning. Time is limited, and creating a healthy breakfast is probably not the first thing on your mind.
With sugary cereals and carb-laden breakfast pastries pretty much frowned upon these days, you may feel your only alternative is to cook up a cumbersome meal or choke back a boring bowl of bland bran flakes (say that 3 times fast!).
Three Sweet Ways To Up Your Breakfast Game
If you are someone who craves something sweet in the morning, you're not alone. Low blood sugar and poor sleep can have you jonsing for that a.m. sugar fix. While your health should take top priority, we also think you shouldn't deprive yourself of a little something sweet at the breakfast table either.
A study published in the journal Steroids found that if you’re cutting calories and sugar, the best time to indulge in something sweet is in the morning because that’s when your metabolism is at its peak. Of course, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that scarfing down sugar first thing in the morning isn’t the best idea. At the very least, it's sure to leave you crashing by mid-morning. Instead, we’ve come up with three sweet, healthy alternatives to sugar which could make all the difference to that all-important first meal of the day.
It’s fair to say that fruit is pretty much the best of the best when it comes to adding something sweet to your breakfast routine. When in season, a bowl of fresh berries or slices of melon can rival sugary cereal any day. You could whip up a quick fruit salad for your morning fix, or add fruit to shredded wheat or cottage cheese. If you're like me, you may enjoy adding a chopped Fuji apple to steel cut oatmeal for an added sweet crunch.
Buttered toast can be yum, but it also can be boring AF. amirite? But buttered toast can be the perfect vehicle for something sweet. Consider topping your whole or multi grain bread with natural peanut butter and raw honey from a reputable brand like Go Raw Honey. If you've never tried a good Irish butter, you're in for a treat: pair it with a whole fruit spreads or a jam sweetened with natural fructose. You'll never look at "regular" butter the same.
If you're a coffee lover, I promise I'm not going to suggest you substitute your cuppa joe for a glass of juice--that would be blasphemous! But once that sweet, sweet caffeine has kicked in, it might be time for something more substantial. Making a sweet fruit smoothie takes almost no time, and few ingredients. Check out this recipe for a strawberry banana smoothie, or my personal fave, chocolate & banana peanut butter smoothie!
Of course, the delicious morsels mentioned above are not strictly reserved for breakfast. I love my shake at the end of the day, as a sweet (healthy) treat.
Do you crave something sweet in the morning? What are some of your easy breakfast go-tos? Let me know in the comments below!