Breakfast may not be your favorite meal but it is the most important meal of the day. Today, people lead such busy lives they think grabbing a quick donut or bagel or even skipping breakfast is okay. They couldn’t be more wrong. Starting the day nutritionally right is very important!
Food is fuel and you can’t run on empty for long. The word breakfast actually means breaking your fast of the night. Eating a healthy breakfast starts your body’s metabolism and helps to prevent that mid-morning slump that sends most people looking for a quick fix (usually sugar or caffeine.) Your body will actually crave more food as the day progresses to catch up on the needed nutrients you missed earlier in the day. When you skip meals, your body activates a starvation defense and stores fat for survival and lowers your metabolic rate, which is your calorie burning. By eating breakfast, you can actually raise your metabolic rate and begin to burn more calories.
Are you convinced now that breakfast is important? Now, what should you eat? We all have preconceived notions on what are “breakfast” foods: oatmeal, toast, cereal, bagels, donuts, etc. Those are filled with grains, sugar and carbs. Choosing breakfast options when you are unable to eat grains, dairy or sugar makes eating breakfast more difficult but NOT IMPOSSIBLE. The main thing is to think of breakfast as just another meal. Don’t limit your choices to “breakfast” foods. Here’s a list of foods you can eat for breakfast. Once you get use to eating like this, you will start to think outside the box and come up with your own ideas.
Things to eat for breakfast:
1. Eggs: scrambled, hard-boiled, poached, etc. Don’t forget vegetable omelets or frittatas.
2. Vegetables! I love sliced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and peppers for breakfast.
3. Leftovers: When you make dinner, make a little extra so you can eat it for breakfast. Heat up leftover chicken and saute some zucchini and you have a wonderful breakfast! This may take some getting use to, but give it a chance.
4. Sweet potatoes: I love to top a sweet potato with a fried egg.
6. Lettuce wraps: wrap bacon and tomato in lettuce.
7. Meat and vegetables: sausage, ground beef or turkey cooked with diced onions and vegetables is delicious.
8. Green smoothies: Throw kale, cucumber, parsley, frozen strawberries and coconut milk in a blender. Yum!
9. Fruit and nut butter: strawberries and almond butter are my favorite.
10. Grain-free muffins or pancakes. Try our grain-free, sugar-free pumpkin muffins.
If you need more ideas, follow our “HEALTHY BREAKFAST” board on Pinterest. We are always pinning great, healthy recipes.