Mmmmm… I am eating the most glorious breakfast at this very moment.
Last night I forgot to make a batch of Overnight Oats, so this morning I was left to ponder what to make for breakfast. Just as I was about to start a batch of Protein Pancakes, I saw it—a container of leftover bulgur from last night’s dinner.
Hmmm. What could I make with this? Could I make breakfast out of a dinner food???
I took 1 cup of the cooked bulgur, mixed in a smushed banana, large quantities of cinnamon, a swirl of maple syrup, and a dollop of cashew butter. Stirred it all together and voila!
Simple Leftover BULGUR BREAKFAST!
Bulgur is a whole grain that has been eaten since ancient times. It is actually known as man’s first “processed food.” However, don’t be afraid to try this healthful grain. When you think processed in today’s day and age you think preservatives, additives, added trans fats, sodium, etc. However, bulgur is processed in modern times much in the same way as it was in ancient times.
“Many of the wheat’s naturally occurring vitamins and minerals permeate the kernel during cooking thus maintaining more nutritive content than other forms of processed wheat products.” [Source]
I say that if you haven’t already tried bulgur, you should give it a go! It is wonderful as a side to any dish and can take the place of brown rice or cous-cous. You can also try Vegetarian Halupkies or Stuffed Peppers.
But enough about breakfast. What I really wanted to talk to you about today is staying healthy with a hectic schedule.
As you may know, the past few weeks have been extremely busy for me. Don’t get me wrong! I’ve had a wonderful time traveling all over the state, visiting my alma mater, going on wine tours, watching my brother graduate, standing by my best friend’s side on her big day, closing out the school year, etc., but this continuous go-go-go has not had the best impact on my health.
Most of my meals have been super quick throw-togethers, and my workouts have also been super sporadic. In fact, I think I have only worked out a total of 4 or 5 times since the second week of June! My energy levels are low. I have not been careful about meals and snacks. And I just plain feel funky!
It is so easy to get out of the workout groove, yet so very hard to return to a regular routine of health and fitness.
There will always be times in our lives when the daily grind will make it harder for us to stay on top of our game. However, rather than beating ourselves up over the poor choices we’ve already made, we should just put our best foot forward to get back on track.
They say it takes 30 to 60 days to make something into a habit. So, if you want to make daily exercise a habit, then it is necessary to do some sort of physical activity every day for 30 to 60 days.
I would like to reestablish the regular workout routine that I’ve left in the dust the past few months. I am challenging myself to 60 days of physical activity. Because rest is important, some of these workout days will consist of gentle yoga, long walks, or stretching routines.
Here is my Healthy Habits Challenge to you!
Is there a healthy habit you would like to establish for yourself?
Perhaps you wish to drink 8-12 cups of water a day? Or eat 5 daily servings of fruits and veggies? Maybe you need to get into the habit of flossing every night? Or maybe, like me, you wish to make daily exercise a habit?
I challenge you to put your best foot forward in trying this habit for the next 30-60 days. If you would like, leave a comment below letting us know what Healthy Habit you are trying to establish, and we can provide each other with support.
Here’s to Happier Hearts and Happier Minds!