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An obvious beginning: Breakfast

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Admittedly, breakfast is more appealing in the winter months when you want a little something to stick to your ribs before you start your day, but I am still not very good at orchestrating this so called “most important” meal. Frankly, most mornings I would rather have the extra 15 minutes in bed or take a longer shower.

But, it’s a new year and with that comes the urge/pressure to be better, do better, eat better, live better; therefore this seems like a good time to break an old habit and forge a new one. That new habit is breakfast. Everyday.

So how does a night owl like me accomplish a balanced breakfast on the go? I make it before bed and by the time I wake up, it’s exactly what I want it to be. What is this holy grail of breakfast foods? Why it’s a Breakfast Parfait.

I won’t pretend that this is a recipe, it’s far too intuitive to be categorized as such. It is an assemblage of delicious things that you have on hand, most prominently, though you could make changes if you so desired:

  • fruit (canned, frozen, fresh, or a combination)
  • yoghurt (flavoured, plain, in whatever style you like best)
  • oats (I use large, raw slow cook oats, but granola or a crunchy cereal like Go Lean Crunch would be awesome)

I start with a small Mason jar (they seal perfectly and it’s a great way to re-use jars from other foods, plus they last longer and stay cleaner than plastic containers) and drop in whatever fruit I feel like, tonight it was some canned peaches and a few fresh strawberries.

Then in go the oats, about 1/2 a cup. I know what you’re thinking: Plain, raw oats? Trust me.

Then add your yogurt so you have a deliciously layered concoction …

Then seal it up tightly and stash it in the fridge until morning. By the time you are up and awake, the fruit and yoghurt will have softened and flavoured the oats, making them tasty and tender.

I like to eat mine at work while I go through my morning emails, but it would be delicious any time of the morning, or any time of the day, in fact; this would even make a satisfying dessert.

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