Morning rituals + 2 easy breakfasts

I really believe that the way you start your morning massively influences the rest of your day. If you wake up with an angry alarm going off and then rush through your morning, eating breakfast on the run and running to catch the bus to work – how do you expect the rest of your day to be? And because your every day eventually becomes your life, changing your relationship to mornings can make a massive difference to how you live.

I know a lot of people don’t consider themselves morning people. I do not consider myself a morning person, yet my morning routine has now become such a vital part of my day that I feel something is off when I don’t do it.

Morning routines can involve meditation, exercise, yoga, writing or being in nature. The key is to do something only for yourself, even if it involves waking up 10 minutes before everyone else at home to have this time for yourself.

How about trying to make just 5 minutes of me-time first thing in the morning this week, just to see if it makes any difference?  

Another vital part of mornings, is of course, breakfast. Most of the people I work with have packed lives and often end up eating out for lunch and dinner. Breakfast is the one meal they can really control, so we put in that extra effort to make sure it is healthy since it influences 30% of the day’s nutrients. Even more importantly, recent research quoted by Dr Andrew Weil shows that a healthy breakfast

…improves your metabolic response to subsequent meals throughout the day. This means that one consequence of eating a healthy breakfast is that no matter what you choose for lunch (and possibly dinner), your body will handle it a little better than it would have if you ate something made of processed grains and sugars, or skipped breakfast all together.

I already shared my current smoothie obsession which is a very versatile breakfast option, and here are two even quicker options. They are both made using whole grains which are a much better option to the typical, processed breakfast cereal. You can also make a bigger quantity and keep it in the fridge to eat over several mornings.

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5 minute overnight oats

What about you, what is your morning currently like? Are you willing to try waking up just 5 minutes early this week to create your own morning ritual? 

PS – If this blog post left you hugging your sweetened cereal box, refusing to let it go, read this article :)

 

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  • Nesrin on May 19, 2014 Reply

    I adore the overnight oats, they are so nutritious, tasty and practical. I made them on Saturday night so they were ready for my friend and I, as we had an early start to take her to the airport on Sunday. I wanted an easy solution for our breakfast and hey presto Sunday morning we reached into the fridge, and jumpstarted a long day in the best possible way. Her journey went smoothly, and I had plenty of energy to go wake boarding later!

    • Hiba on May 19, 2014 Reply

      So glad you like them Nesrin!

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  • Suzy on May 23, 2013 Reply

    going to give the buckwheat a try… sounds great! I usually soak oats in some homemade almond milk which is pretty nice too with seeds, nuts and fruit added… great to hear new ideas and love the look!

    • Hiba on May 23, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Suzy! Let me know what you think if you try it :)

  • Elena on May 15, 2013 Reply

    Incredible how you prepare your cereals ! Can I really just use normal buckwheat for the “no cooking just soaking” preparation ? I have a pack of buckwheat which is getting old in the pantry…

    • Hiba on May 15, 2013 Reply

      Yes! It’s hard to believe because buckwheat is quite hard in the raw state, but you can just use normal buckwheat – not ‘kasha’ though. Let me know what you think of it!

  • Faris on May 14, 2013 Reply

    Love the new look of the recipes! They sound tasty too …
    I am trying to augment my morning banana with some oatmeal to make my breakfast a bit more nutritional …

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