Breakfast – Why Bother?

I’m sure you’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  But do you know why?

After going several hours without eating during the night, your body needs fuel for immediate energy and to replenish low glycogen stores. Starting your day with a healthy breakfast helps you regulate your blood sugar levels and prepares your for an active day.

But what is a good breakfast.  A good breakfast includes foods from the following food groups:

  • Protein
  • Carbohydrate
  • Fat
  • Fruits and Vegetables

Many of my clients struggle with getting enough protein at breakfast.  They either don’t want to eat eggs all the time or can’t.  So, what is a good protein alternative at breakfast?

I once asked that question to a Functional Medicine Doctor I was working with.  Her suggestion was leftover protein from dinner.  So, I tried chicken for breakfast.  It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either.

I advocate eating 70% whole foods at each meal.  So here are some whole food breakfast ideas that don’t include eggs:

  • Try this whole food breakfast pudding . I make it often.  In the warmer months I eat it cold and in the colder months I warm it up.
  • Mix beans with a whole grain, some greens and avocado. When beans are mixed with a whole grain it, provides almost all of the enzymes found in a pure protein like meat, fish or eggs.  Serve greens and beans with some cooked brown rice or quinoa, a healthy fat like avocado or butter and you have a great  breakfast.
  • You can also add organic nut butter to a whole grain porridge.   That combination will also come close to providing the enzymes found in a pure protein like meat, fish or eggs.  Add in your favorite fruit and yummmm!  Just read the ingredients on your nut butter.  You don’t want anything added to it.  Just ground up nuts.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Start your day with a combination of whole food from the groups listed above and you will have 10 times more energy than you ever had eating “Wheaties”.

Cheers,

P.S.  Planning meals that meet your individual needs is just one of the services provided with my coaching program.  If you would like to see if nutrition coaching would help you, just click here and let’s schedule a discovery session.