Greek yogurt, granola from the farmers market, and berries
Don't be mistaken. First, the picture above isn't my breakfast*, which tends to lean in the savory direction. Second, dinner last night was instant ramen and a few frozen dumplings (chalk it up to the bar exam). Third, I'm not naturally a morning person. But over the years, I've learned how to (a) be disciplined in getting sleep and (b) eat a proper breakfast. If life is chaotic, then I figure the best time to treat yourself well is in the morning, just before the storm hits. And it turns out it isn't hard to make a breakfast many times more appealing than boxed cereal.
I tend to get stuck on one breakfast channel at a time. A common ritual for me is to wake up, take a shower, put on a kettle of water to boil, pop some bread into the toaster oven, measure out coffee into my ceramic funnel, maybe cook an egg, then assemble my meal and pourover coffee in a last minute flurry. There are usually lots of condiments involved. Mustard, soy sauce, sesame oil, freshly ground black pepper, you name it. It sounds complicated, but it takes well under 10 minutes, including the time it takes for the water to boil. On busier days, I'll make a pot of overnight steelcut oats for the week, and in the morning, I need only add my default egg (which I find is easiest to cook in the microwave) and aforementioned condiments. Sometimes I toss in a handful of greens last minute. And there's always coffee. Last week, in a rare and desperate attempt to eat fruit, I tried Greek yogurt, honeydew slices, and granola. I've made it through about a quarter of the honeydew. Not a rabid fan yet, but I know I should be eating fruit.
How about you? How do you start the day? Do you make breakfast, or does coffee sustain you until lunch? Any new breakfast combinations you recommend?
* Those of you who know me intimately probably already guessed why!