Last week I shared a post about focusing on building one new healthy habit at a time rather than trying to changing many things at once. We’re so much more successful when we focus on one thing at a time. And we can successfully focus, then we can turn that new behavior into a habit that we don’t have to think about.
For the month of January, I want you to make a habit of eating veggies for breakfast. This will be more challenging if you don’t eat breakfast, because you’ll also have to develop a habit of eating breakfast. If you already eat breakfast start asking yourself, how can I add a vegetable to this?
Why eat veggies for breakfast?
- Vegetables are full of fiber that will help keep you full until lunch. Eating veggies in a variety of colors will help you eat a wide variety of vitamins and nutrients.
- Eating veggies at breakfast means you are getting in a serving (or two!) of vegetables at the start of the day. Check!
- Starting the day by accomplishing your goal starts your day positively and gives you motivation to keep making healthy choices. Accomplishing a goal early in the day also helps with negative self talk during the day when things aren’t going well. You can remind yourself that you ate veggies for breakfast according to plan. It might sound silly, but it’s a good way to cheer yourself up or motivate yourself when later in the day things get challenging.
- Setting a goal that you can accomplish first thing in the morning before life changes your plans will increase your opportunity to succeed. Aiming to achieve goals later in the day can be more challenging, because a lot stands between us first thing in the morning and after the work day.
Tips to get started
- Make it easy on yourself. If you normally eat a granola bar for breakfast, planning to cook an elaborate breakfast each morning probably isn’t the best plan for success. Pick something easy, like an egg scramble with veggies. (No chop, super easy scramble coming your way next week.)
- Leftovers are your friend. Make extra veggies at dinner and add eggs or breakfast sausage to make it a meal. Keep some breakfast sausage in the freezer that you can heat up quickly to go with your leftover vegetables.
- Prepare in advance. Some meals are delicious and can easily be prepared ahead of time, like my Roasted Veggie Breakfast Tacos with Mint Pepita Sauce. Prepare the individual components on Sunday and then assemble the tacos in the morning.
- Eat the same thing every day. Maybe not every day, but everyday for a week. If you have to plan for four or five different breakfasts for the week that’s a lot of recipes to find and groceries to buy. I plan for one breakfast and eat the same thing every day of the work week.
- Experiment with time triggers. In order to get to work on time I need to start making breakfast at 7:30 am. Knowing when I need to start making breakfast helps me check in while I’m getting ready and pick up the pace, so I know that I’ll accomplish my goal of making and eating veggies for breakfast.
- I’ll post several recipes and a round-up of great breakfast recipes throughout the month of January to help you discover more ways to eat veggies for breakfast.
- I’m kicking off the Fit Food Habit Community on Facebook. It is a great place to share successes and challenges with developing new healthy habits.
Can you still eat pancakes for breakfast?
I don’t like hard and fast rules; however, if you make too many exceptions then the exceptions will take the place of your veggies for breakfast habit. The beautiful thing about a building a veggies for breakfast habit is you’ll develop a relationship in your brain between breakfast and vegetables. Even when I go out to breakfast or brunch, I find myself drawn to the savory breakfast options that include vegetables. Otherwise, it just doesn’t feel like breakfast.