We have heard time and time again, breakfast is the most important meal of the day…so as we continue to learn about and pursue optimal nutritional choices, it’s important to understand why. When we finally turn off the lights at the end of the day, our bodies are hard at work. Reproductive and sleep hormones kick into high gear, muscle repair is fast underway and the skin is renewing (hence the term, beauty sleep). The liver is also churning out toxins to help purify the blood and other organs. All that said, we might not realize it as we drift off to la-la land, but our bodies are never at rest and we need to replenish upon waking. Without breakfast, it may be difficult to find both the concentration and energy to tackle the day. This is particularly true with our kiddos, parents!
So, what’s for breakfast? Here are a few ideas that are both delicious and nutritious!
- A bowl of steel-cut oats with fresh berries
- Green smoothie
- 1 Tbsp. peanut or almond butter with sliced apple
- 2 organic free-range eggs with green or red salsa
- Bowl of mixed fruit
- Warmed peaches with cinnamon over brown rice
- Organic 100% whole wheat toast with natural peanut butter and sliced banana
- 1/2 cup organic Greek yogurt with fresh raspberries and drizzle of real maple syrup
Here are some additional tips to help you get the most out of breakfast time:
- Drink a warm cup of water with squeezed lemon as soon as you wake up. Warming the body from the inside out is an effective technique to wake the senses, muscles and mind.
- Enjoy a single cup of coffee only as you want to energize with food nutrients, not simply caffeine.
- Aim to enjoy breakfast shortly after you wake up. If you’re not into eating early, have your first meal within an hour of waking up.
- If you’re working out first thing, make sure to eat something small like 1/2 apple or hard-boiled egg. Then eat something a little more substantial after your workout.
- To save time in the morning, make your breakfast the night before. For oatmeal (because we don’t do the “instant” stuff), bring 4 cups of water to a boil, add one cup of oats, add some cinnamon, cover and turn off the heat. The next morning turn the heat on keeping the lid on for a few minutes. Take the lid off and cook for another 5 to 8 minutes.
- Try to take at least half an hour each morning to sit down and eat. This way you can step back, savor your meal, and focus on your upcoming day. But if this isn’t possible, take your breakfast to go…a nutritious green smoothie is the perfect on-the-go breakfast meal.