The other day I wrote about smoothies and while I tend to drink them any time of day, I often incorporate them into breakfast because they’re yummy and they’re also highly portable.
There are a few other things I like to eat for breakfast and I find that when I do take the time for this important meal, I feel better for the rest of the day. I’m also less hungry and less inclined to go on a mad search for sugar-filled snacks mid-morning.
My goals with my breakfast choices are to include organics whenever possible, real foods (which is to say, not processed or packaged), something with protein and some complex carbohydrates. I’ve also been using more ground flax seeds. I’ve known for some time they they are good for us, but as I’ve been reading Tosca Reno’s books, The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged! and The Eat-Clean Diet for Family and Kids: Simple Strategies for Lasting Health and Fitness I’ve learned even more about the benefits of these little seeds. In addition to the heart healthy goodness attributable to the Omega-3s, Alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA), fiber and lignans in flaxseeds, these little powerhouses also act as a mild laxative to help keep our systems moving.
Now, onto the food. . .
3 Green & Healthy Breakfast Ideas:
Oatmeal + Fixin’s
I start with rolled oats (not quick oats). Often they are organic and usually they are purchased in bulk.
I usually cook them in the microwave with almond milk or water.
Then I add in 1-2 Tbs. of ground flax seeds, chopped walnuts, a drop or two of pure maple syrup, and some kind of fruit — blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or chopped apple.
This breakfast is delicious and filling.
Eggs and Toast
I usually boil 1/2 dozen eggs (pastured) at the beginning of the week and keep them in the refrigerator.
In the morning, I toast two pieces of Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Bread and spread it with just a bit of homemade butter. Then I sprinkle some ground flax seeds on top.
If I’m eating at home, I slice one boiled egg onto a piece of toast and eat it that way. If I’m eating on the go, I simply eat the egg and the toast separately. I try to eat a piece of fruit as well, or make a simple smoothie of frozen fruit and a bit of orange juice and water.
This is a summertime favorite because I can grab vegetables right out of the garden or at the farmer’s market.
You can really make the omelet any way you want to. My favorite is very simple with only three ingredients:
Fresh spinach leaves
Chopped heirloom tomatoes
Sometimes, I’ll add in some feta cheese or other vegetables if I have them on hand.
It’s important to point out that I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist. I’m not suggesting that these ideas are perfectly healthy or that they will appeal to everyone. So far, though, they’ve been working well for me.
I’d love to gather more ideas for healthy breakfast foods. Please let us know what you eat for breakfast by leaving a comment below.
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