As you’ve heard time and time again, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, there was never really a reason why followed up behind that.
While you are sleeping, your body is recovering from the activities and food eaten from the day prior. When you awake your body is in low blood sugar mode; and because it’s a new day you’re working with a blank canvas so to say. So how you start the day will set you up for the rest of the day.
Would you drive your car on a road trip when it’s on the E line?
Or check out of a store with zero funds in your debit account?
Both of these scenarios will not get you very far, nor will skipping this important meal. Eating a satiating breakfast loaded with fiber, and healthy fats will help to eliminate cravings and crashes. What you eat sets the stage for your blood sugar regulation hours to come. Now that you know that you should eat, the question becomes what to eat?
Some things that are mass marketed as "healthy" breakfast options, but really are not include traditional muffins as these are loaded with unhealthy fats, oils and sugar OR yogurt parfaits with granola as these are super high in sugar and low in nutrient density.
Some healthy alternatives include oat based muffins sweetened with apple sauce, or nutritious banana walnut pancakes made with flaxseeds and coconut oil. One of my favorite breakfasts this time of year is oatmeal. Not just any old oatmeal though, I make mine from scratch, loaded with flavor. You do not need a lot of time either, just ingredients on hand and less than 5 minutes of prep while your meal makes itself.
In November I loved making my pumpkin spiced oatmeal. As the weather is cooling off, I’m now using warming ingredients like ginger.
I recently created a lemon ginger poppy oatmeal that pretty much tastes like a cookie in a healthy oatmeal bowl. The best part is, its super easy to make too!
Give this one a try and let me know what you think!
No time to make this in the AM? No problem!
Add all ingredients to a bowl or mason jar, mix together and place it in the refrigerator before going to bed. Allow the oats to soak overnight, and voila! You have some nutritious raw overnight "cereal" to enjoy cold in the AM.
This nutritious breakfast is loaded with fiber, healthy satiating fats & most important Flavor
Lemon Ginger Poppy Oatmeal
1/2 C rolled oats
1 C water
1 tsp honey or maple syrup
1/4 tsp lemon flavoring
1/4 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp poppy seeds
1/4 cup walnuts
1 tbl sp hemp seeds
Add all ingredients to a small sauce pan
Cook on medium heat
When it starts to boil (after 1-2 min) cover and reduce heat to a simmer
Cook 5-10 minutes
Add to a bowl and place with toppings
For additional nutrition add 1/2 sliced banana or a 1/2 cup of your favorite berries