For decades, we have been brainwashed by the food industry to eat cereal for breakfast. It is so ingrained in our society, that it is hard to “think outside the cereal box”. But the fact is that the majority of cereal is full of sugar and processed carbohydrates and lacking in protein, healthy fats and important nutrients. The same is true for other typical breakfast foods, such as bagels, muffins, toast, pastries, waffles and pancakes.Most people wouldn’t dream of eating a piece of cake for breakfast but that is what you are getting from a sugar and carbohydrate standpoint. Furthermore, we desperately need to eat more fruits and vegetables to provide us with adequate vitamins, minerals and other important plant-based nutrients that keep us healthy, decrease inflammation and prevent cancer. And if you skip veggies or fruits for breakfast, you are starting your day with a deficit. The biggest challenge in eating a healthy breakfast is time since most of us are rushed in the morning. So break the cereal habit and explore these convenient, healthier options. Here are a few ideas…
No cooking required:
- Plain Greek yogurt or coconut milk yogurt with 1 tablespoon ground flax or chia and ¼ cup organic trail mix (nuts, seeds and dried fruit).
- Overnight oatmeal
- Kind Bar (Nut & Spice, Fruit & Nut or Strong & Kind) with ½ cup berries of any type.
- Organic cottage cheese with cantaloupe or honeydew and a slice of Sprouted Ezekial toast.
- Lox minus the bagel – spread organic cream cheese, capers and dill on edge of lox and roll up, eat with sliced tomatoes and 10 healthy crackers (such as Mary’s Gone Crackers).
- 1 slice toasted Sprouted Ezekial bread with almond butter, sliced apple and sprinkled with cinnamon and a drizzle of raw honey.
Minimal cooking required:
- Breakfast antipasto: assortment of hard-boiled egg, prosciutto, peppadew peppers, sliced tomatoes, olives, feta or parmesan cheese.
Slightly more cooking required:
Vegetable egg scramble – scramble 2 eggs with any vegetables you have handy or leftover veggies from the night before, sprinkle with feta cheese, sliced cherry tomatoes and chives.