By Be Well Health Coach Amanda Carney
There is a big reason why breakfast has long been referred to as the most important meal of the day—the food you eat in the morning will influence your energy levels, cravings, emotions, and clarity throughout your day and can even affect how you sleep that night!
Incorporating nutrient-dense foods for breakfast, such as healthy fats, good-quality proteins, and colorful vegetables, will provide a sense of balance and satiation, encouraging you to continue making healthy choices all day.
Unfortunately, we live in a culture that is always on the go, which often causes us to reach for something quick, processed, and packaged for breakfast. These foods cause inflammation, spike our blood sugar, and drain our energy, leaving us searching for our next “fix” of sugary foods and caffeinated beverages to keep this false sense of energy up and prevent a sugar crash.
But it doesn’t have to be this way! Although you may not have the time to cook a lavish breakfast, we encourage you to plan ahead and take just a few minutes each morning to feed your body something healthy and nourishing.
Here are six simple breakfast ideas that can help you feel more balanced, energized, and sustained throughout your day.
Quite possibly our favorite breakfast options, shakes and smoothies allow you the opportunity to get in an abundance of healthy foods and nutrients first thing in the morning, and you have the flexibility to create a flavor that you love!
We recommend incorporating a leafy green or greens powder for nutrients, a good-quality protein powder for sustained energy, and healthy fats to keep you feeling full and satisfied. If using a blender is too much for you each morning, simply mix up a vanilla or chocolate protein powder with unsweetened nut milk and chia seeds.
Looking for smoothie recipes? Here are some of our favorites.
Nut and Seed Cereal
Although boxed cereal is not something we typically recommend at Be Well, we do suggest making your own cereal-like breakfast using nuts, seeds, and other nutrient-dense foods. Loaded with healthy fat, fiber, and protein, a simple seed cereal can go a long way.
To make, just combine your choice of nuts and seeds (usually about ½ cup total) into a small bowl, mixing in some unsweetened coconut, cinnamon, and fresh fruit. Top with an unsweetened almond or coconut milk, and voila! You have a nutrient-dense breakfast cereal that can be enjoyed in minutes.
Here at Be Well, we love our eggs, and if eggs are something that agree with you, they are a wonderful breakfast option. Eggs in any form are great, but if you have limited time in the morning, make a half dozen of hard-boiled eggs for the week ahead. It’s the perfect time-saver without compromising breakfast quality.