In a perfect world, you would have time in the morning to sit down to a leisurely breakfast before going off to start your day. But let’s get real — more often than not the dog is whining to go out, you’re trying to make sure everyone gets out the door on time, and less-than-savory Pop-Tarts are flying through the air.
But whether you have the time to sit and enjoy breakfast for a couple minutes at the table or you’re running out the door, you can still start out your day with a healthy meal to keep you going until lunch — including things you can bring to the office or eat on the run.
All it takes is a little bit of planning to help make those mornings a bit easier — and a whole lot more delicious and nutritious.
This is pretty much the simplest thing ever and there are a million variations on the recipe, but you basically just combine oats and milk (or non-dairy beverage) and/or yogurt together in a bowl, put it in the fridge overnight and then top it with whatever you want in the morning — fruit, nuts and nut butters, chia seeds, etc.
Summer isn’t that far away, which means your cravings generally switch from warm, comforting plates of stick-to-your-ribs food to dishes that are crisp, refreshing, and don’t make you feel like a slug for hours after you eat them.
The natural solution? A salad a day. The natural reaction of most people to the suggestion of a salad a day is one that goes over about as well as a toaster in a bathtub (do not try that at home).
But trust me on this one: Salads can taste amazing, they don’t require much work, include fresh and accessible ingredients, and are generally inexpensive.
Need more proof? Check out the suggestions below. (And don’t worry — some still have bacon.)
Caprese Tortellini Pasta Salad
Five ingredients — including store bought tortellini — create this dish that can be easily doubled to feed a crowd (or you, multiple times).