Breakfast of Champions

 

Breakfast.  It does a body good.

I had an epiphany (actually several) when traveling in India–You don’t have to eat ‘breakfast food’ for breakfast. This is because Indians, like many people around the world, eat the same types of food at each meal.  For the most part, many traditional Western breakfasts are unhealthy any time of day .  Filling your stomach with sugar, caffeine, saturated fat, processed foods, white bread.  Or skipping it all together.  Does that really sound like a good idea? So why start off that way?   How you begin eating will help determine your energy levels, metabolism, brain function, mood, and cravings throughout the day.

 

Avoid for breakfast

Sugar- it’s hiding in most breakfast foods.  Having sweets and refined carbohydrates first thing in the morning can lead to cravings throughout the day. It’ll also make your energy levels crash.

Coffee- Most people are so exhausted they can’t even think of a day with out caffeine, especially coffee. It a temporary fix, as you probably know. Caffeine works because it stimulates your adrenals to release adrenalin, so you’re depleting your body’s reserves. Coffee (even decaf) is highly acidic and research suggests this acidity can make a person more vulnerable to inflammation and illness.

Bacon and sausage (yes, even turkey sausage)-  High in saturated fat, salt, and toxic preservatives.  Do you really want to clog your arteries first thing?  It’ll also lead to more of those cravings for fat and salt.

 

Favor for breakfast

Lemon water- It hydrates, gets your metabolism moving, and gives you a mini detox every time you drink it. Hot or room temperature.

Green drinks- juice or smoothie- Greens are high in nutrients, which increase energy without any crash.  Plus, they’re highly alkalizing to prevent illness.

Miso soup-  Miso is alkaline, high in probiotics and B vitamins. It warms/aids digestion.

 

Miso recipe for breakfast

Miso- 2 tablespoons

Ginger- shredded or juiced to taste

¼ cup of daikon radish, shredded or chopped

¼ cup of tofu, cubed

½ a carrot, shredded

Nori pieces, toasted

1 clove of minced garlic

1 scallion, chopped

 

 

Boil 3 cups of water in a large pot.  Add carrot, daikon, tofu, and garlic.  Simmer for about 5 minutes.  Add ginger, scallion, and miso paste.  Simmer for another 2-3 minutes.  Garnish with Nori.

 

Share with me your favorite breakfast. One that keeps you satisfied and energized.

 

Live natural. Live well.

Heather

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