In our heavily processed & sugar-laden foods society, we are socialized to have sweet refined carb-heavy breakfasts like french toast, muffins, pancakes, biscuits, waffles, scones, cereal, and oatmeal. These types of foods can lead to sugar spikes and crashes, bloating, weight gain, and fatigue. When you eat a grain-based meal, your body breaks down the grains into single sugar molecules, uses what it needs for fuel, and the rest is stored as fat. These foods also raise insulin levels, and insulin is the fat storage hormone. And that’s just the grain portion of the meal–add several tablespoons of white sugar, and it gets worse. The blood sugar spikes from eating so much sugar triggers more sugar cravings and affects your energy levels. If you’re having coffee with your breakfast it gets worse–coffee raises cortisol, your fight or flight hormone, which in turn raises blood sugar. More sugar cravings. Get off that ride. Let’s rethink breakfast. No need to have “breakfast foods” specifically. It’s just like any other meal! The most important one, after all.
Quick breakfast ideas:
5 minutes–put a bit of coconut oil in a cast iron skillet and add chopped chicken sausage. Throw in some spinach. Top with avocado.
5 minutes– make a smoothie with fruit, tahini or almond butter, coconut milk, chia seeds, and hemp protein or gelatin. Read why I love gelatin so much here.
1 minute–grab some dinner leftovers from the night before.
10 minutes–make some chick pea pancakes. Soak 1/2 cup chick pea flour overnight in 1/2 cup water. Add a little olive oil, sea salt, and scallions and cook like you would a pancake in a skillet. Roll up smoked salmon & avocado in the pancake and enjoy.
5 minutes–2 eggs scrambled with leftover veggies and avocado. Top with salsa.
10 minutes– poach 2 eggs and steam some spinach. Top with dulse flakes.
These breakfasts are designed to give you clean burning energy for the day. Start your day with any of these meals + green tea and you’ll be clear-headed. Avoid blood sugar spikes & dips!
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