Breakfast – you either love it or you don’t. However, it is arguably, the most important meal of the day, so here are 5 SIMPLE breakfasts to kickstart your morning.
Not eating enough food early on in the day is like driving your car on empty all day… eventually it’s going to slow down & NEED fuel.
And, I know you’re thinking “But I’m FINE without breakfast” … “I’m actually not even hungry in the morning.” And, you are right. More than likely, you have trained your body to be this way by skipping breakfast for years. But, just because you’re FINE doesn’t mean it’s optimal for you.
Just like any habit, take baby steps. Start to slowly feed your body in the morning, little by little. You’ll be surprised how quickly you start to feel hungry for breakfast even after a few weeks of starting this new routine. Other bonuses? Increased energy, less hunger throughout the day, reduction in over-eating later on, & better mood!
So, I challenge you to ADD balance & food to your morning! Don’t wait, start today!
Here are 5 go-to breakfasts that are rich in protein, quality carbs, & color! They are guaranteed to leave you nourished, satisfied & ready to kickstart the day.
Avocado & Egg Toast
Take your classic avocado toast on whole wheat bread & layer on a basic fried egg or two based on your protein needs. If you want to take it up a notch, add on some lox for more protein. Then, add on some veggies for color & crunch… think green or red onion, spinach, tomato, or cucumber. Serve with a bowl of berries on the side.
Choose Greek yogurt for the protein & then layer in a fiber-rich cereal, oats, or granola, some fresh, frozen, or dried fruit, & some nuts, seeds, or nut butter. Don’t enjoy yogurt? Cottage cheese can be a good replacement here.
Homemade Breakfast Sandwich
Layer an English muffin with a cooked turkey sausage patty, cheese, & egg. Better yet, incorporate veggies into the egg while cooking for added fiber (spinach, mushrooms, onions, & peppers work well). These sandwiches can be made to eat immediately or prepared & then FROZEN for reheating later… total game-changer. As always, this sandwich should be paired with a little something extra like yogurt, milk, or fruit.
In a bowl, mix your favorite cereal or two (check the labels for good fiber & low added sugars) with a handful of crushed nuts, & some fruit. Then, in a protein shaker, combine 1 to 1.5 cups of milk (skim or soy are my go-to here) with a scoop of your favorite protein powder… been LOVING the vanilla whey powder by Thorne (20% off code here!). Shake it up & pour over your delicious bowl of cereal.
Even if you’ve never tried tofu, give this one a shot! Tofu totally takes on the flavors of the seasonings & other veggies incorporated with it. Basically, you’ll take a full packet of tofu (firm or extra firm) & smash it up into a skillet. It’ll look like scrambled egg texture here… then, layer in chopped veggies, your favorite cheese, & some seasonings/herbs. Cook until the desired texture & serve with a salsa of your choice. Pair this meal with your favorite whole-grain toast, English muffin, pita, or tortilla plus some fruit.
P.S. make sure you’re getting in your WATER early in the morning too. It is WAY EASIER to heavy-load water in the morning to kickstart your equally-as-important hydration.
What’s your current go-to breakfast? I’d love to hear!
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