My mom hated breakfast. As a kid, I was conditioned to believe that breakfast foods were unhealthy and consisted of unnecessary calories. Breakfast was just an extra calorie dense meal and did not play a role in my life. Now I'm grown up and boy was she wrong.
I'm a health conscious eater, generally being aware of my calorie intake, always opting for the grainy, wheaty pasta/bread and consuming a solid amount of veggies and H2O each day. I abstain from deep fried foods, go easy on the dressing and try to look at food as fuel for my body.
That being said, I've struggled with finding the right things to eat for breakfast that work into both my schedule and my taste-buds and thought I'd enlighten you with my findings. I've only just begun so I'll keep you updated as I find new and fabulous things to keep your mornings exciting, flavorful and healthy.
These Nature's Path Organic Flax Plus Waffles With Figs (190 calories, 9 g fat per 2 waffles) are awesome. Flax delivers heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats while the Figs enlighten the taste buds with a dash of sweet! Just pop them in the toaster and off you go!
Trader Joe's Sprouted Bread topped with a sprinkle of crumbled goat cheese and red bell peppers. I know this might sound like a non breakfast combo but I'm addicted. While I'm getting ready in the morning I grab a slice of sprouted bread (i.e. bread that is made from whole grains that have been allowed to sprout).
I top it with a dried off marinated bell pepper (from a jar also found at TJ's) and a dash of the crumbled goat cheese. I pop this puppy into the toaster oven and continue my morning regimen. When it's ready it's like a healthy breakfast pizza, chalk full of grains, color and just a bit of richness from the cheese to make getting out of bed seem like a good thing. Other healthy food options include topping it with 1 scrambled egg, to make it a bit more breakfast-like, avocado or even a chopped date for added sweetness.
Smoothies. Smoothies get a bad rap in that they're labor intensive...that is until you start making them. They're super easy if you get into the habit and are a great way to get some fruits and even … veggies in the morning.
To make the process smoother as you shuffle around half asleep, prep your blender in the evening. Gather the things you want in your smoothie concoction the night before and put the blender in the fridge as you plug in the base.
Then, in the morning add your liquids, fruits and even a handful of spinach (you won't taste it I promise) and witness the whirl. I'll even mess around with a blended concoction for the hot summer months- could be a great pre or post workout delight.
That's all I have in my routine right now so give them or something like them a try! Remember, refuel your body so that it can function. Feed that fire and inspire those internal wheels to turn. The earlier your metabolism starts kicking, the better. Enjoy my recommendations and let me know what you think!