Breakfast has always been noted as the most important meal of the day. I have to say, I agree with that! When we wake up, we have not drank nor eaten anything in 8 or so hours. Our bodies have been in a fasting state. It’s important to hydrate our bodies and nourish our bodies upon waking up. When you wake up, the first thing you should put in your mouth is a nice big cup of water. Hydrating your body from the get go will help your energy levels as well as keep you regular…which I think is very important! Once your body has woken up, then it’s time for the coffee. I try to give myself at least 30 minutes of awake time before I drink my coffee.
Breakfast is our first initial energy source for the day. It can set the tone to the rest of the choices we make at each meal. Keep in mind, any breakfast is better than no breakfast. We need to feed our bodies when we wake up.
Here are 5 nourishing breakfast ideas for you to build or continue to keep into your routine:
1. Oatmeal: I know..this is a given. Oatmeal is such a hearty and wholesome breakfast. Oats are very well known for lowering blood cholesterol. They are a great source of fiber, calcium and potassium. Don’t let oatmeal become an avenue to add sugar into. Sweeten your oatmeal with fresh fruit! I always enjoy mashing a banana into my almond milk while I’m cooking my oats. When making oatmeal, go for groats, steel cut or rolled oats. Stay away from quick and instant.
2. Banana and almond/peanut butter lettuce wraps: This may sound weird but it’s WONDERFUL! Take a nice crips roaming lettuce leaf, spread with peanut butter and fill with banana slices. This is refreshing and light but filling. Add in other fruit if you wish and top with some chia seeds. This is full of fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants.
3. Avocado toast on whole wheat bread/pita: Avocado is one of the best sources of healthy fat. Healthy fats not only provide fat but they provide an abundance of nutrients such as carbohydrate, protein, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, fiber…avocados have it all! Mash avocado on top of whole wheat toast or toasted whole wheat pita. Sprinkle some red pepper flakes or a dash of cholula if you like a kick…maybe a sprinkle of sea salt too! Sprinkle with hemp seeds for a nutty flavor and extra protein and omega 3’s.
4. Green smoothie: Smoothies are a great way to start the day. They are refreshing and fully loading with fruits and veggies! My only complaint about having only a smoothie for breakfast is that I get hungry soon after. A way to bulk up your smoothie is to add rolled oats and top with chia seeds. Oats add fiber, which fills you up and chia seeds expand in your GI tract, keeping you fuller longer. Eat a handful of nuts along with your smoothie if you would like additional protein for your breakfast.
5. Quinoa and fruit bowl: Quinoa is not just for savory dishes. It makes an absolute wonderful breakfast grain. Quinoa is a complete protein, high in fiber and vitamins and minerals. I personally love to cook it up with some unsweetened almond milk, vanilla and cinnamon. I then add fresh fruit, ground flax seed and chopped, toasted almonds.
Like I said, any breakfast is better than no breakfast. However—if you start your day with a nourishing breakfast, most likely you will end with a nourishing dinner. And nourishment is the key to a healthy body.