One of the most common questions I get asked is “What should I eat for breakfast?” If I pause for even a half a second, that question gets asked again, in the slightly modified version of “What do YOU eat for breakfast?”
Breakfast seems to provide the biggest challenge for people in terms of food choices, so here is my top 10 list of breakfast options, in no particular order, whether you have the time to sit and eat a nice meal or you get dressed in 3.5 seconds and wolf down your food in 2 (p.s. You have GOT to stop doing that! ). And yes, I rotate every one of these options for my own breakfast:
Low-sugar, chemical-free, dye-free and soy-free cereal, with organic milk (organic milk does not contain hormones or antibiotics) or milk alternative such as rice dream, almond breeze or flax milk. Avoid soy since it messes with thyroid hormones and most soy is genetically modified. You can find lots of choices at your local health food store but please check labels for added sugar or lack of fiber. Here are 2 of my favorites:
Plain organic yogurt; add a teaspoon each of organic sprouted chia seeds and maqui berry powder for fiber, omega-3 fats and antioxidants. (I use both from the brand Organic Traditions). If you don’t like the taste of plain yogurt, you can add a little organic maple or agave syrup or coconut sugar…..but don’t over-do it! For a taste the kids will love, add glutenfreeda brand granola.
Hormone & antibiotic-free egg omelet with any or all of the following: onions, organic spinach, organic tomatos, mushrooms, and organic red peppers. Enjoy with whole grain or rye toast and organic cream cheese.
Nutribullet shake: my favorite morning shake consists of a handful of spinach or leaf lettuce, frozen organic strawberries and blueberries, a tablespoon of pumpkin seeds, and a teaspoon of chia or flax seeds. Don’t worry, you won’t taste the greens at all! That being said, don’t attempt to make this in a regular blender or you will end up with a disgusting concoction . The Nutribullet or the Ninja blender is really the only way to do this type of smoothie successfully.
Organic plain oatmeal (not those quaker packets full of sugar) with a teaspoon of pure organic maple sugar and a little almond milk. Add organic raisins and almonds for a filling pre-workout meal.
Kasha – otherwise known as buckwheat groats – is a gluten-free grain that my Dad introduced me to one morning and I’ve been hooked ever since. For best results, stir-fry dry in the pan first, then add boiling water. Let simmer for about 10 minutes. Add a handful of nuts if you like, any of the milk options and a little agave syrup.
Homemade high-fiber muffin, such as my EGGLESS OATBRAN MUFFINS. With bananas, blueberries and oatbran, these are not your high-fat, margarine-filled muffins from the nearest coffee shop! Speaking of coffee, skip it and have an organic matcha green tea latte instead. Matcha green tea does have caffeine, so you can’t use the excuse that you NEED the coffee, plus it is very high in antioxidants, tastes great and is alkaline to the body. (Acidity breeds disease so it’s always best to eat more alkaline foods).
Healthy pancakes such as my GLUTEN-FREE PANCAKES topped with fresh organic berries.
Spelt bread french toast. Take fresh SPELT BREAD slices, dip into a combination of beaten egg, organic cheese, and fresh minced garlic. Fry in coconut oil (be sure to buy one with the label “ideal for cooking” if you don’t like the flavor of coconut), or grapeseed oils, as these are oils that are good for you and do not go rancid at high heat like other oils. Add fresh cut up vegetables to round out this meal.
Vegan protein shake, such as manitoba harvest chocolate hemp seed powder or vega one protein powder. Blend with almond milk, ice and, for a delicious mocha flavor, a teaspoon of organic instant naturally decaffeinated coffee.
There you have it….as you can see, there are a lot more choices than many people think there are. Notice what’s left out of this list: commercial waffles, pancakes, bagels and cream cheese (no nutritional value), the glass of orange juice the media tells you is so good for you (drastically raises insulin levels), fried anything, croissants and donuts, sugar cereals, and artificial sweeteners.
Start the day off right, with a nice healthy breakfast and your body will thank you! Bon appetit!Read More