Nothing fancy here....breakfast!!

"What do I eat for breakfast?" I hear this question all the time. It's probably the hardest meal to transform, as we have so many entrenched ideas of what breakfast should be. Most of these ideas are heavy on the gluten and refined carbs, and lacking in the real fuel we need- good fats and proteins and nutrient dense complex carbs (i.e. vegetables!!)

I must admit my breakfasts can seem pretty boring- I pretty much do a variation on greens, eggs, avocado, and sauerkraut every day. I attached photos of two of my recent breakfasts above. I'm pretty happy with this routine, but I am working on getting some more variety (I am determined to create a grain free granola to eat with almond milk!)

I really really love all of the ideas Sarah Ramsden included in her recent post, 14 quick Whole Food Breakfasts. Sarah is also a nutrition professional. They reflect the main concepts to understand when choosing breakfasts that will make you feel great- have some food prepped ahead (chopped veggies, leftovers) include fermented foods (a great source of beneficial organisms and vegetable goodness) and always include a high quality source of fat and protein. Fat and protein in your breakfast is like the big log on the fire that keeps you sustained until lunch or even a bit beyond if necessary.

These meal ideas also do not spike blood sugar, which results in a crash later on. That is the next most important concept when choosing breakfast- stay away from refined carbohydrates and sugars if you want to keep your energy steady. (Please NO BARS!) The best source of carbohydrate in the morning is from vegetables, like greens, sweet potatoes, chopped veggies easy to saute, leftover roasted veggies, you get the idea. If you have to have fruit have some low glycemic fruit like berries or apple slices, and make sure to have at least some nut butter with it to slow down absorption and add some good fats and protein.

Remember, breakfast does not have to be different than any other meal of the day. Some cooked protein, a good serving of veggies, some fermented foods, and some good fats and you are good to go. Think of  leftover dinner foods, braised meats, sausages, smoked salmon, roasted veggies, cut up raw veggies, nut butters, low glycemic fruits, sauerkraut, kombucha, kippers, bacon, grilled chicken, etc.

I hope this post gives you some ideas to overhaul and liven up your breakfasts, I promise you will feel better if you do!