With the arrival of TWIF’s popular Bacon, Eggs, and Kegs event right around the corner, everyone is sure to have breakfast on the brain.

Now, you’ve all heard it is the most important meal of the day to keep you fueled and energized for a productive morning. So why do so many of us pass by this crucial meal?

So, often breakfast falls down the priority list as we are rushing to get out the door. We hit snooze too many times, we have nothing ready to eat, an early meeting is on the schedule.

This inevitably leads to the mid-morning crash or succumbing to the less than healthy option at the coffee shop.

Sounds all too familiar right? So, how do you break out of the rut and start enjoying this all important meal? With some preparation and new ways of thinking, breakfast will be part of your everyday in no time. Here’s some creative ways to get your mojo back:

All hail the smoothie

Ahh, smoothies. They provide a nutritious punch, are easy to make, and are delicious, so what is not to love? It can get intimidating with all the options of what to include in yours, but really the possibilities are endless.

Start with a liquid base (water, almond milk, fruit juice), add in your favorite fruits, include some healthy fats (such as almond butter or avocado), and voila. You can even opt for savory smoothies that include greens, vegetables, and herbs.

One of the best ways to save time is to chop all the ingredients for your smoothie and separate into individual bags. Store the bags in the freezer until the morning of and you got yourself a healthy and filling breakfast. Best thing is, it is the most portable breakfast option you will find!

Batch cook for the win

You hear the term batch cook and it sounds like a great idea, but when it comes time to tackling it, it seems more intimidating.

Well, I’m hear to tell you that this is the biggest time saving tip in the kitchen. One hour on the weekend will gift you with inexpensive and delicious breakfast for the entire week.

You can make ahead breakfast sandwiches and store in the freezer, cook a double batch of oatmeal to eat all week, hard boil a dozen eggs, roast two pans of potatoes, etc. Carve out some time to batch cook and enjoy the benefits all week.

Leftovers are a life-saver

This tip goes hand in hand with batch cooking but deserves special mention.

Just because we are talking breakfast, does not solely mean pancakes or muffins. Breakfast is simply the first meal of the day and can include whatever food your heart desires.

One of my favorite time savers is to cook a double serving of dinner and then eat that same meal for breakfast. Trust me, your taste buds will soon get used to any food you want to enjoy in the morning.

Or if eating the same meal doesn’t sound appealing, take your leftover veggies and toss them into a omelet. That leftover chicken breast you have sitting in your fridge? Chop it up with some cilantro and avocado and enjoy a breakfast burrito. You will not only cut down on food waste but you will be practicing some kitchen creativity.

Plus, leftovers mean the food is already made so dedicate a couple minutes to assembling a meal and you will never miss breakfast again!

-Annie Stephenson, TWIF Blogger