Breakfast can be one of the most confusing meals of the day. This is partially due to the scenario that we have been inundated since a young age with product placement. I don’t know about you, but I grew up on having cereal and milk pretty much every morning, and sometimes a treat of pancakes on the weekend. And not just the “sugary” cereals, like Lucky Charms (although they are magically delicious… so is candy).
I grew up on Cheerios and Chex, and although I thought I was eating the “good” kind of cereal, little did I know that these were at the same time destroying my gut. Think about it– no matter what the cover touts, it’s processed flour, which is going to turn into sugar as soon as it hits your body. Look at your labels and you’ll find “Enriched with…” If they hadn’t stripped the grains of all their nutrients in the first place, we wouldn’t need to enrich them in an artificial way. If you think your body is going to absorb these nutrients the same way as if they were in their natural form, think again.
Even when you go to Whole Foods or other health-conscious stores, you may be surprised when you look at the label. I remember being in Whole Foods, picking up a “healthy” children’s cereal, and the FIRST (and thus, most abundant) ingredient? Sugar.
Cereal is one of those foods that is touted as “healthy” and is actually one of the worst things you could eat. Add hormone-filled cow’s milk, and we have a recipe for tummy-aches and energy zaps galore. Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox for a moment. Maybe not, because I’m still talking…
So let’s look at foods that we think of as breakfast foods:
- Quaker Oatmeal
Yummmmm… Sugar, sugar, sugar, and more sugar, aww honey honey. Who decided these are the foods we need to eat each morning? Clever advertising, of course!
So what do we do now? If I just bashed all your beloved breakfast foods, are you to starve yourself in panic? What are you to eat?
Answer: the same thing you would eat for lunch or dinner, you can make for breakfast! I give you permission. You’re not crazy if you eat greens for breakfast. Here is an easy breakfast I often times throw together:
- 1- 2 hard-boiled eggs (Boil a bunch at once and keep them in your fridge for easy access)
- 1- 2 cups mixed greens (I get the prewashed, precut ones to make my life easier)
- 1/2 Avocado
Sprinkle on top:
- Hemp hearts, Nutritional Yeast, Sea Salt, Pepper
Drizzle on top:
- T olive oil, 1/2 T balsamic vinegar
Call it a day!
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