We have all heard how breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but yet, most of us still tend to skip this essential meal. Why? Lack of time comes to mind. How often do we run out the door half awake and apply the rest of our make-up in the car on the way to work and think to ourselves, who has time for a healthy breakfast when you have stayed up the night before preparing for a big meeting, crunching numbers, working on a large proposal, or creating the biggest pitch of your career? Or maybe you are a mother and you have spent sleepless nights taking care of your children, just to wake up from a quick doze-off to attend to them again in the early morning and your number one concern is feeding them, not yourself. Either way, time is of the essence these days and it seems to diminish right before our eyes. The clock is suddenly ticking a lot faster and the hands on the hour don’t stay stationary for long. However, we can not let our busy lives stand in the way of starting the day off on the right, healthy foot, because the hard fact staring us straight in the face is, a healthy breakfast will give us the fuel we need to be a kick-ass machine for the rest of the day.
We need to start our day with energy which comes from good carbs, fiber and protein. We have an easy recipe for a morning bite that will help start your day off right:
Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bites:
The oats in this recipe supply the fiber which helps lower cholesterol, bananas which are the best source for resistant starch will help you feel full longer, almond butter and soy milk will provide the protein, unsweetened apple sauce is also a good source of fiber and vitamin C. You can prepare 24 bites in less than 15 minutes and eat them throughout your week. Did we mention it is vegan friendly?
Pair with blueberries and strawberries which are great sources of antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, along with many more health benefits.
2 ripe bananas
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup almond butter (we used crunchy)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons unsweetened soy milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup quick oats
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a spoon until smooth. Mix in the almond butter, applesauce, soy milk, maple syrup, and vanilla.
- In a medium bowl, mix the flour, oats, and cinnamon. Pour these dry ingredients into the large bowl, and mix together.
- Drop spoonfuls onto an non-greased baking sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly brown.
Now go start your day, you’ll rock it – you ball of energy, you!