Get Yourself Some Kibble and Free Some Decision-Making Power

If your dog is like most pooches, he or she is eating kibble each day, morning and evening. If your pup is extra fancy, they might be getting two tablespoons of cottage cheese or hamburger with their kibble (such as our guest Darby) or an elaborate masterpiece with treats to encourage the picky eaters. But usually, a dog’s breakfast is simple with the exception of special occasions.

Picture of dog-food with treats decorating the food.

One guest, Dusty, wouldn’t eat unless I decorated her dog-food with treats.

Why do you feed your dog kibble?

  • It makes grocery shopping easy
  • Who really has time to cook for their dogs?
  • It’s packed with all the nutrients your dog needs for the day**

“In its simplest terms, decision fatigue refers to the idea that people tend to make worse decisions after having made a lot of decisions. Much like muscle fatigue, if you flex your “decision” muscle too much, it will fail you.” –Lifehacker: “How to Overcome Decision Fatigue”

What if you had to ask, “What should I feed Rover for breakfast this morning?” in addition to other decisions? It would be a little much. Well, every little thing like that counts and you can eliminate this question for yourself as well for a smooth morning!

Am I really suggesting that you start eating kibble?

No. But I’m suggesting that you take some concepts from your dog’s diet and apply it to just one meal per day! It really does work. For me, at this time in my life, it’s that’s breakfast.

Quick story… When I was in college, lunch was my “kibble.” Unless there was something special going on, I knew what I had for lunch. I didn’t go to a school with a meal-plan, which I really really liked. The dining halls sold bread for 5 cents per slice, but condiments were free (things like butter, cream cheese, ketchup, dressings). Also at the condiment bar were tomato slices. I suppose they were to put like one slice on a burger. I would get 2 slices of bread, and then put cream cheese and a pile of tomatoes from the condiment bar. I love Tomato & Cream Cheese Sandwiches; They actually good! As a college student, I was very happy and proud of my 10 cent lunch for frugality’s sake, but it also did eliminate one less thing to think about. If there was a social occasion, I’d do something else for lunch, but if it was just me running around between work and classes, I never gave it a second thought. To add to the story just a little bit, my parents found out about my 10 cent lunch and were worried I wasn’t eating well. They sent me $100 to add to my meal plan. And I was like mwahaha now I can make 1000 sandwiches!

How to get started with YOUR kibble-plan?

1. Choose 2-3 food items that meet the following characteristics for breakfast (or your kibble meal-of-choice):

  • Food that is easy to prepare and shop for
  • Food that doesn’t go bad or you always have around
  • Food that provides dense nutrients and energy to start your day

2. Decide that you’re going to eat these foods for breakfast 90% of the time

3. Each morning, pick 1-2 of these items depending on what they are, and eat that. You don’t need to think about it!

I have three items on my ‘kibble list’ and I choose two of them each morning:
  • 2 poached eggs in my microwave poacher (though I will sometimes switched to fried or scrambled with very little thinking or additional effort)
  • 1/2 cup black beans with salt, pepper, and a very small sprinkling of cheddar cheese
  • 3 Morningstar Veggie Sausages
Black beans (canned) and veggie sausages (frozen) are easily stored and can be bought in bulk when on sale. I always have eggs around. Two of these things provides a breakfast high in protein that gets me through to lunch with good energy.
For treats, we go out for breakfast or make homemade pancakes together for breakfast from ingredients I already keep around. But knowing that breakfast is my “kibble” meal of the day allows me to keep shopping for at least one meal-per-day very simple and ignore all the other tempting fancy things I could buy at the store such as breads, granolas, pancakes, waffles, etc.
If you follow a system for always doggie-bagging dinners for work lunches, you only really need to think about shopping for one meal per day!

*Footnote: I mentioned that kibble is packed with all the nutrients your dog needs for the day. I do have questions about this and want to learn more about more natural dog-diets. I avoid processed foods for myself, and do wonder how the heavily processed foods affect our pooches. We have a local neighbor who feeds their dogs part-kibble, part-raw diets and has had 2 medium dogs live to 17+ which I had never heard of!