Build a Better Breakfast

DSC_0183

The secret is out, right? Breakfast is the greatest meal of the day. And no wonder, it can help to improve concentration & performance in tasks throughout the day, gives you strength & endurance, and can help to lower cholesterol and maintain a healthy weight.

But not all breakfasts are created equal. If you’re grabbing a Starbucks & coffee cake, or putting a Pop-Tart in the toaster and running out the door, you aren’t doing your body any favors.

I have an easy, three-step formula that fulfills my body’s nutritional requirements, is completely customizable, and tastes fantastic. And you can do all the prep work on your weekend, and enjoy breakfast with little to no preparation throughout the rest of your busy week.

The first thing you need is a whole grain. I put together a handy chart on the wonders of whole grains, both those with and without gluten. This is your carbohydrate, your lasting energy. You can cook a huge batch on Sunday, and reheat it for porridge. You can toast up or dehydrate a batch with nuts & seeds (see below), and eat it as granola. Or you can go raw, soak up some grains, and eat it as muesli.

The second addition is various nuts and seeds. These are your proteins and healthy fats. I’d recommend soaking your seeds prior to consumption, but they’re still nutritional powerhouses even if you don’t find the time.

Seeds

The final step in the well-balanced breakfast is adding in some fruit. Some people claim fruit is high in sugar, and should be avoided. This is crazy. If you only eat coffee & a banana, your blood might not be too happy. But fruit in addition to complex carbohydrates, protein, fiber and healthy fats – that’s a wonderful thing. You can get so many vitamins and minerals to keep your body running at its optimal state.

Fruit

Here are just a few of my breakfast combinations…even I’m salivating a little bit remembering some of these…

Millet Porridge with Spiced Strawberry Preserves, Toasted Walnuts & Coconut

DSC_0002

Sprouted Buckwheat, Flax, Sunflower, & Sesame Seed Granola with Blackberry & Apple Jam DSC_0150

Raw Buckwheat & Chia Granola with Mulberries, Wineberries & Black Raspberries DSC_0129

Steel-Cut Oats with Almonds, Sunflower Seeds, Coconut & Wild BlackberriesDSC_0167

The photo at the very top of this post was Cacao Granola with Pumpkin Seed, Hazelnut, Currants & Gooseberries. 

If you’re not into cereal & milk (all almond milk for me), you can also do this in smoothie form, which I’ll admit, I’ve been doing the past few weeks. It’s been summer and the field calls my name earlier and earlier. I like to get a bit of work in and drink my smoothie to power me up.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s