Breakfast. Most of us either love it or hate it. Some of us just eat it out of obligation. But it is supposed to be the most important meal of the day, right? Done the right way, yes it should be! Breakfast is meant to be just as it sounds; breaking from the overnight fast (AKA sleep), and it should be something that recharges and refreshes you, energizing you for the day. My advice with breakfast is to always include each of the 3 macronutrients: carbs, proteins and fats. This is, after all, the first meal of the day so I think it should be the most balanced! Going of of this criteria, these are 3 things you should be eating for breakfast:
#1: Greek Yogurt
This stuff is powerful. Not only is it full of protein, but contains TONS of healthy probiotics to help build a healthy gut and immune system. In case you didn’t know, Greek yogurt is fermented milk (as is every other type of yogurt) but the difference is, that the Greek stuff has been strained more times than regular yogurt which removes more whey, so you are left with the thick creamy protein filled variety. What’s even more exciting about Greek yogurt is that many people who are dairy sensitive or lactose intolerant find that they can eat Greek yogurt with no problems because much of the lactose has been removed during the fermentation process so your can digest it easier. Greek yogurt for the win! Make sure you check the ingredients and look out for artificial flavoring and sweeteners; unsweetened and organic is best. Throw some berries and nuts in there for your carbs and fats and call it breakfast!
#2: Avocado Toast
Yes, it is just as delicious as it sounds. it‘s common knowledge that avocados make everything better, so what way to make toast better, but to throw some avocado on top. A sprouted whole grain toast like Ezekiel Bread is the way to go for the toast, then slice up some avocado, top it with a little salt and pepper and maybe a drizzle of olive oil and you are set. This sprouted grain bread has 3 times as much protein as a regular slice of bread so you are getting all 3 of your macronutrients in one delicious bite. If you really want to up the ante, you could throw a poached egg on top for some added protein. Delish!
#3: Plant based protein powder
While you may turn your nose up at drinking some chalky protein powder mixed with water for breakfast, hear me out. Even if you are not vegan, these plant based protein powders have come a long way since their first arrival. The texture and taste has improved, and you can now find some with added benefits like greens (some have a full day’s worth of veggies!), BCAAs (branched chain amino acids, which help in muscle preservation and recovery), probiotics, and extra vitamins and minerals like calcium and D that you won’t find in your run-of-the-mill whey protein. When I am looking for something healthful to eat, I want the most bang for my buck and finding all of these benefits in one place is a nutritional gold mine, so why not make the switch to a plant based protein. And it doesn’t have to be boring! Throw in some almond milk and some fruit, or a scoop of almond butter, maybe a frozen banana and you have a great breakfast smoothie!