Breakfast is my favorite meal! I wake up very hungry and it’s a chore to make myself get ready for work before feasting.
At breakfast it’s important to get in all three macronutrients- fats, protein, and carbohydrates. It’s more important to make sure you at least eat something for breakfast! I know a lot of people say that they just aren’t hungry in the mornings, but eating a high quality breakfast beneficial to starting your day off right.
Eating breakfast might make you more hungry sooner in the morning than you think you should be, but that’s a good thing! That means your metabolism is cooking and you’re using energy that needs to be replaced! Waking up hungry is also a good sign for your metabolism, but if you don’t wake up ready to eat, try starting off with something small so your body can get to work!
Anything whole wheat with a nut butter is going to be a good choice for a fast breakfast. All nut butters are delicious, but peanut butter will probably always be my favorite. Nut butters are good for you in the mornings because they provide protein to keep you filled up longer and fat to leave you with that ‘satisfied’ feeling. Pairing your nut butter with a whole wheat grain is going to be a complete protein source. This is only something that you have to pay attention to when you’re eating plant proteins.
If you have a little more time, preparing eggs for breakfast is great way to start the day! Scrambled is my favorite variation because you can mix other foods in for added nutrition, especially a serving of vegetables.
Here are some of my breakfast favorites:
PB on a whole wheat English muffin with drizzle of honey
1/2 cup prepared steel cut oats with 2 tbsp. of PB, 1 tbsp. of coconut oil, banana and honey***
Eggs scrambled with half an avocado and a little bit of garlic salt- you can make this even heartier by adding some cooked quinoa.
1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt with fresh fruit and a little bit of honey.
Sometimes if I have a long morning ahead of me, I will eat two of these combinations, or pack one for later because breakfast is not the meal to skimp on.
This doesn’t mean everyone should but I avoid the following for breakfast:
Boxed cereal- the calories per serving are usually a huge amount especially for the better tasting cereals
Doughnuts, pastries, etc.- Too much sugar at breakfast and I’ll be asleep again by 9am.