For me, there is nothing quite better than a good breakfast. Waking up having given myself time for my morning routine and then sitting to eat a nutritious breakfast is heaven to me. And honestly, I don’t think you can do much better for yourself than simply changing your mornings. You’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day - and nutritionally speaking, this is largely true. The food you choose to eat in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the choices you make throughout the day. This doesn’t look like one specific meal, but it should always be focused on quality fat and protein over carbohydrates (points for colours and a fermented food - yes, for breakfast!). This could be eggs with sautéed greens, avo toasts with hemp seeds, oatmeal with coconut oil, berries and nuts, a protein smoothie, etc. The point is to stay away from simple carbohydrates (think boxed cereals, pastries, muffins, etc.) in order to balance blood sugar and sustain energy throughout the day. Fat keeps you full and energized. Start with sugar and you’ll crave more sugar throughout the day with blood sugar highs and lows, increasing fatigue and risk for obesity.
One great breakfast option I love is this homemade cereal. Also known as the ‘Holy Crap’ commercial cereal brand you can buy in the store, this homemade cereal uses flax, hemp and chia seeds to provide a complete protein and high quality fats (Omega 3 fatty acids) to keep you full, sustain energy and balance blood sugar - not to mention, great for the hair, skin, mental acuity and fantastic poops! Make a batch and keep in the fridge for several weeks of delicious and energizing mornings.
1 c buckwheat groats
1 c chia seeds
3/4 c hemp seeds
1/2 c flax seeds, freshly ground
1/3 c dried apple, chopped
1/3 c unsweetened coconut
1/2 c raisins
1/2 c walnuts
2 tbsp cinnamon
Mix all ingredients in glass container. Experiment with substituting, varying dried fruit and nuts. Have 4-5 tbsp as a serving. Enjoy with non-dairy milk, organic full-fat yogurt, apple sauce or 1/4 cup warm water and let sit for 5 minutes. Smother with fresh fruit and berries. Can be sweetened with raw honey or maple syrup.
Store in glass container in the fridge to better protect the oils in the ground flax seeds.
Recipe from the awesome folks at Inspire Health.