It’s been a really busy year so far and I can’t believe 2018 will be done in just two short months. I keep saying I didn’t realize I was having that much fun (because you know, time flies… yeah that’s my corny sense of humor.)
Meanwhile, I’ve been gathering lots of juicy things to share with you to help you get your energy back, clear your foggy head, and crush those crazy cravings.
I couldn’t wait to start sharing some goodies with you so I’m giving you a sneak peek at my e-book that’s in the making.
Mornings are Stressful
One thing we all seem to agree on is that mornings are stressful. We feel rushed to get out the door and get where we need to be on time with (hopefully) everything we need for the day. So trying to fit healthy eating into our morning routine can feel nearly impossible.
One of the questions almost all my clients ask the most is “what should I eat for breakfast?” Somewhere in time people seem to have gotten the idea that only certain foods are acceptable “breakfast foods.”
What’s for breakfast?
It’s not really a surprise that this has happened. Where I live in the U.S. things like cereals, biscuits, pancakes, waffles, muffins, and donuts are advertised as breakfast foods. There are entire restaurants devoted to breakfast foods and some even serve them 24 hours a day.
You can buy breakfast cookies, breakfast cakes, and let’s not forget everyone’s favorite – sweet flavored coffee drinks.
Seems like no matter what time of day we’re eating those foods we still consider them breakfast foods. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy having “breakfast for supper” once in a while.
But they taste so good
These are all part of what’s known as the Standard American Diet or SAD. One thing they have in common is they’re all made with grains and sugar and they have little to no actual nutritional value. OK, that’s two things but you get the point.
But wait a minute, Anita, I’m looking for some quick energy to get me going in the morning and I know those foods do that. Plus they taste delicious. (big cheesy grin)
Let me tell you it’s no accident that they taste so yummy – I’ll explain why in another post. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret* that the food industry doesn’t want you to know….
While they do give you some quick energy, eating these high carb, low nutrient foods is actually the number one reason you get that afternoon energy slump which sends you looking for more high carb sweet foods and drinks for a pick-me-up. (*So you’re buying more processed foods.) They’re the reason why there’s a line at the coffee pot in the afternoon. And they’re the reason why productivity in the workplace drops after 2pm.
Some delicious (and fast) ideas
So back to the question at hand – what can you eat for breakfast that will fend off that afternoon slump?
That’s a great question and here are 3 ideas that you may not have thought of before.
Eggs. Of course everyone recognizes eggs as THE breakfast food so why did they make this list? Because we’re rushing out the door so fast that we don’t feel like we have time to make and eat a nice breakfast. But you can boil some eggs ahead of time and grab a couple as you run out the door or take a couple with you and scramble them in a mug and microwave them for a minute or two (depending on your microwave) when you get to work.
Wanna get creative with your egg-cellent breakfasts? Pop over and follow my Pinterest page where I have an entire board devoted to egg recipes and ideas.
Avocado. Slice one up with a little salt and pepper and lemon juice or top it with pico de gallo. For an extra tasty start to your day sprinkle a little bacon over it. Yuuu-uuummm.
Leftovers from last night’s dinner. When I say this to people I usually see a spark in their eye as they say “hey, I never thought of that.” Let me tell you, I’ve enjoyed baked chicken and green beans many times for breakfast and trust me when I say it’s very yummy and satisfying. Plus it’s kinda fun to break away from the norm once in a while.
These are my 3 favorite go-to quick no-sugar, no-grain breakfasts. Now I want to know the craziest thing you’ve ever eaten for breakfast. Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below. 100 bonus points if you include a pic of it.
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’til next time…
hugs to you my friend. Talk soon.