Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and sets the tone for stable blood sugar, energy, mood and healthy eating habits.
Before I cleaned up my diet, I remember the high sugar, high fat food I used to eat. In college, I would start my day with a mega cup of coffee, heavy cream and sugar (the heavy cream was a left over from my 0 carb Atkins days). I would run to class and then walk over to the Dunkin Donuts where I would get another extra large coffee with caramel stuff. I also wondered why I felt jittery. On a "good" day, I would get a bagel and cream cheese and on a "bad" day, a chocolate chip muffin.
I was always rushing and really struggled with energy, anxiety, insomnia and focus. My doctor prescribed me ADD medication.
Fast forward 10 years. I am far from perfect but I value my time in the morning. It is hard because I am not a morning person but I make the effort to give myself an extra 20 minutes to eat. NO more dashboard dining or grabbing something on the run (added bonus: I save a lot of money by bringing my own food).
A balanced breakfast should have lots of fiber and whole grains, some protein and good fat, and as little added sugar as possible. Hydrate yourself with water as well.
Here are some suggestions:
1- Oatmeal, flaxseed, blueberries & almonds
2- Fresh berries, yogurt, granola.
3- Whole-wheat toast & almond butter.
4- Eggs, nitrate free chicken sausage with veggies
5- Smoothies! I love all kinds of smoothies. My new favorite is Rockin' Wellness with unsweetened almond milk, handful of berries and bee pollen.
What kind of breakfast do you enjoy? Where do you need support?
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