Breakfast is my favorite meal. I look forward to waking up and getting in the kitchen to make it every morning. I love the time I spend either alone listening to a podcast, bouncing around preparing the food and the coffee or with my husband when he wakes up to help me out! Either way I don’t get annoyed making it every morning and never prepare it ahead of time. In a way, it helps me feel accomplished and leads me to a more productive day when I follow this routine.
Why do people say breakfast is the most important meal of the day?
Well we are literally “breaking our fast” from the night before, and what you eat first thing can influence your entire day as far as your energy, your mood, and the food choices you’ll make.
Sometimes you may not feel hungry when you first wake up, and that’s ok! Eat when you do start to feel hunger. But it isn’t usually ok for you to skip breakfast entirely as that can negatively affect your blood sugar levels and then possibly cause you to overeat or choose less nutritious foods later in the day.
To start the day the best way you can, focus on eating protein and fat. This can be contradictory to how you grew up thinking about breakfast – if you’re like me, you tried every type of cereal on the market as a child, then moved onto Poptarts for the convenience as a teenager. Even if you were lucky and had parents that understood processed and refined sugars were terrible for you and made you breakfast, you probably still had some sort of refined carbohydrate – like a bagel, toast, or other pastry. At the very least, you probably never, ever thought about eating veggies for breakfast!
So back to protein and fat. The reason you want to focus on these macronutrients instead of carbohydrates first thing in the morning is for a list of reasons:
- Healthy fat is a great source of energy! Fat takes longer to break down in the body and gives us longer lasting energy source than glucose (what carbs break down into). When you eat carbs in the morning when your metabolism is gearing up for the day, you usually burn the glucose off super quickly and will feel tired a few hours later!
- Fat and protein provide a feeling of satiation you don’t typically feel when you eat carbohydrates on their own. This means you won’t feel the need for a snack a couple hours into your day, and can last until lunchtime without that feeling of hunger creeping in. This feeling of fullness usually means you won’t decide to eat a doughnut someone brought into the office.
- Protein breaks down into amino acids, the building blocks of our bodies. Eating a variety of protein provides us with essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals we cannot get from any other source.
What should you eat then? There are soooo many healthy and delicious real-food, protein and fat centered breakfast ideas just waiting for you out in the internet. Google “paleo breakfast” and you’ll encounter everything from egg-based creations to egg-free recipes for those sensitive to ways to eat real food on the go to how to sneak vegetables into your meal! Who knew?
My favorite breakfast is as follows:
2 pasture raised eggs cooked in the fat from 3 slices of nitrate-free bacon with a handful of organic kale cooked into the eggs, topped with sauerkraut + a bowl of gluten-free oatmeal with a tablespoon of almond butter, chia seeds, and a sliced banana.
To drink I usually have a glass of water with lemon and a decaf coffee with coconut milk and Vital Proteins Pasture-Raised, Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides (20 oz) blended in.
This is what works for me, it may not work for everyone! But like I said, you can find a ton of ideas online and you won’t run out if you get bored easily. Just remember, you don’t need any whole wheat toast, orange juice, or milk to call it breakfast 🙂