3 Best Breakfast Foods
Breakfast is my energy meal for the day. I’m one of those people who must have breakfast every day of the week.
How about you?
Do you love your breakfast? Do you have a short list of “go-to” recipes? Do you need a bit of inspiration to start eating breakfast again?
You need plenty of energy when you’re faced with the busyness of the day. When you’re struggling with low energy, brain fog, stubborn weight gain, irritability; eating breakfast helps improve your ability to actually feel better.
Breakfast allows you to break the fast that you’ve been doing since supper. I try to allow 12 hours to pass between my last meal of the day and breakfast. Doing this helps my body metabolize my food optimally. Now it’s time to get my metabolism ignited and ready for the new day.
Your breakfast should include protein, good fats, and fiber. A good balance of each of these will help you start your day with plenty of energy.
Here’s my 3 best breakfast foods to help you start your day energized…
Eggs for Protein
Yes, eggs are the “quintessential” breakfast food. And for good reason!
Getting some protein at each meal can help with blood sugar management, metabolism and weight loss. This is because protein helps you feel fuller longer and uses up a bunch of calories to absorb and metabolize it.
Now I’m not talking about processed egg whites in a carton. I mean actual whole “eggs”. And, if you have the availability to buy local farm fresh free range eggs, then grab some. You won’t believe your eyes when you crack one of those eggs open.
Egg whites are mostly protein while the yolks are the real nutritional powerhouses. Those yolks contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and healthy fats. Those free range egg yolks are a deep orange and not the typical light yellow of those supermarket eggs.
Eggs have been shown to help you feel full, keep you feeling fuller longer, and help to stabilize blood sugar and insulin.
Not to mention how easy it is to boil a bunch of eggs and keep them in the fridge for a “grab and go” breakfast when you’re running short on time.
And…nope the cholesterol in eggs is not associated with an increased risk of arterial or heart diseases. A lie we’ve lived with for over 40 years. UGH.
One thing to consider is to try to prevent cooking the yolks at too high of a temperature because that can cause some of the cholesterol to become oxidized. It’s the oxidized cholesterol that’s heart unhealthy.
Nuts and/or Seeds for Healthy Fats
Nuts and seeds contain protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Nuts and/or seeds would make a great contribution to your breakfast.
You won’t be fooled by “candied” nuts, sweetened nut/seed butters, or chia “cereals” with added sugars – you know I’m talking about the real, whole, unsweetened food here.
Nuts and seeds are also the ultimate fast food if you’re running late in the mornings. Grab a small handful of almonds, walnuts, or pumpkin seeds as you’re running out the door; you can nosh on them while you’re commuting.
Not to mention how easy it is to add a spoonful of nut/seed butter into your morning breakfast smoothie.
Hint: If you like a creamy latte in the mornings, try making one with nut or seed butter. Just add your regular hot tea and a tablespoon or two of a creamy nut or seed butter into your blender & blend until frothy.
My favorite breakfast is Chia seed pudding – here’s a quick recipe:
1/4 cup Chia seed mixed with 1/2 cup homemade almond milk, a little organic maple syrup and 1/2 of a banana and you have an amazing breakfast.
Veggies For Fiber
Veggies are powerhouses of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, fiber, and water. You can’t go wrong adding them into every single meal of the day so, if you don’t already, you should definitely try them for breakfast!
And no, you don’t need to have a salad or roasted veggies for breakfast if you don’t want to but, you totally can! You wouldn’t be breaking any “official” breakfast rules or anything like that. A veggie omelet is a powerful breakfast dish.
Here’s a delicious recipe below for you to try (and customize) for your next breakfast.
- 1 tsp organic coconut oil
- 1 or 2 eggs how hungry are you 🙂
- 1/4 cup veggies of your choice
- Dash Salt and Pepper to taste
- Cut / Dice / Shred your veggies. This is dependent on the vegetables you choose.
- Add coconut oil to frying pan and melt on low - medium heat
- In a medium size mixing bowl, whip your eggs and then stir in your veggies and your salt and pepper.
- Tilt your frying pan to make sure your oil has covered the bottom. Pour your egg mixture into the pan and cook on low heat without stirring.
- When the bottom of the egg mixture is lightly done, fold over to form omelet and cook until desired doneness.
- Serve and enjoy
Breakfast is an important meal and I encourage you to make this meal part of your day. Share your favorite breakfast food with us in our Facebook members group Healthy Living for Life. I’m always looking for easy breakfast recipes.