September 24, 2018
If donuts make a regular appearance in your morning routine, chances are you’re simply enjoying an early dessert. Now don’t get me wrong…I’m not here to judge! I can list my favorite donut shops across Philadelphia and tell you when to visit each one to avoid long lines. But somehow, donuts snuck themselves into the breakfast category, rather than keeping their place as an indulgent treat to enjoy in moderation.
We don’t have to get philosophical about what qualifies as a breakfast food, but if you consider the purpose of breakfast — literally to break a fast (as in the fasting you’ve done since dinner the night before) — you’d probably want to consider eating something with more nutritional value.
Donuts are high in fat and calories, and they’ll spike your blood sugar. Add a cup of coffee with cream and sugar, and you’ll likely experience a sugar rush — and then the inevitable sluggishness of the crash afterwards.
Mornings can be chaotic if you and your family are trying to get to work, school, appointments, and so on. I’m not suggesting we all sit down to a gourmet breakfast each morning (and if you have the time to do so, I’m officially jealous). But with a little planning and preparation (this part is key), you can eat a healthy breakfast that’s ready to go when your belly starts to rumble and won’t lead to a regret-filled sugar crash later.
It’s probably not news to you that oatmeal and eggs are each a mainstay in the breakfast world for good reason. They are packed with nutrition, low in sugar, and keep us full. Basically, they provide us with good fuel to get the day started. These two are my typical go-to breakfasts to bring to work, and both are easy to pack and reheat:
If reading about oatmeal and eggs doesn’t excite you, there are endless fun and flavor-packed ideas available online that go far beyond these two staples:
Find a few recipes that you and your family like and that fit well into your routine. You won’t even miss your morning donut!
This article was originally published on IBX Insights.
I’ve always enjoyed learning about health and wellness topics and believe in the approach of making small changes consistently. But now the stakes are higher as I attempt to raise two little ones and impart healthy habits for nutrition, exercise, and mental health. As a copywriter at IBX, I enjoy working with other health-minded people to get new ideas and keep me on track. Outside of work, I love to spend time outside, cook, bake, and catch up on my favorite TV shows after I tuck my kids in for the night.