Why do we even care about the subject of breakfast. Boring! Well – because all that stuff we’ve been taught over the years is right - breakfast really IS the most important meal of the day. You’ve just spent six to eight hours sleeping and after that amount of time, your body needs fuel to get going. Without fuel neither your body nor your mind can possibly work efficiently. But here’s the deal - - most of us are so used to this “blah” feeling in the morning that we think a dull mind and listless body are normal. NOT!

Most of my life I was that person who “does not do breakfast” and felt that I got along just fine, thank you very much. I’d wake up, drink 2-3 cups of coffee while getting ready for work, drive a stressful commute to work and then jump into a hectic work day.

But after starting my cooking tips & ideas business and really learning about nutrition, I decided to give breakfast a try. For ONE MONTH SOLID I made myself eat breakfast and man, oh man, the difference was nothing short of amazing. I was incredibly more alert, not at all grumpy, had tons of energy, and was way more productive! Now I am hooked on breakfast!

So – here are some ideas for quick & easy yet healthy breakfasts, most of which can be made in advance..

1. Oatmeal – One of the best things we can eat, especially for breakfast. Oatmeal is a good hot meal with lots of filling fiber to keep you from getting hungry later on in the morning. I make a large pan of oatmeal and keep it in the ‘fridge. Then it’s readily available and I just dip out what we need in the morning and heat on the stove (put it on low – add a little milk or water - and it’ll be ready after your shower). Also, put together a container of add-ins like blueberries, strawberries and bananas that can be tossed on top for a bit of antioxidant power.

2. Fruit smoothies – These are good any morning and especially on hot days. You’ll have to blend the ingredients together in the morning, but the prep work can be done at night. Cube your fruit and put it into a container. In the morning put the fruit in a blender, add milk, some protein powder (available just about everywhere. We get ours at Costco). Toss in a cup of yogurt, and blend on high speed. Takes very little time and if you’re in a rush you can drink it in the car. This is very filling and so good for you.

3. Egg salad sandwich – Try it! A great “make in advance” breakfast that’s both nutritional and filling, especially if you use whole wheat or multi-grain bread I make one each for my husband and me the evening before and wrap in plastic. They’re so easy to grab and eat in the morning, and if you drink a glass of milk you’ve got a very easy, healthy breakfast that tastes great. Tuna sandwiches work very well too, and we love those for breakfast but some folks are a little persnickety about tuna in the morning.

4. Yogurt mixed with granola and fruit – Yogurt alone is very healthy but by itself it isn’t filling. Add some granola and a few blueberries, strawberries, or mandarin oranges to the yogurt and that solves the problem. Keep small bags of granola and berries or fruit in the fridge next to the yogurt so you can grab, mix, and run.

Try these ideas and eat breakfast regularly for awhile. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel, plus you won’t overeat at lunch to compensate for your lack of food. I lost 13 pounds when I started eating breakfast regularly! I guess mom was right. . .