Mornings often begin rather rushed. The alarm buzzes and we are off to the races, rushing to get everyone dressed and ready to go. Because we are often so pressed for time, we tend to stick to the easiest meal in the morning: Cereal!
Breakfast, being the first meal of the day, needs to pack the fuel to keep everyone going, even if there is no time to finish lunch. This early meal has the great responsibility of providing the energy that we need in order to stay attentive, energized, and ready to tackle anything that is placed before us.
For those who find that we don’t have adequate time to eat a wholesome lunch, as is often the case for our children throughout the school day, breakfast becomes even more critical. I hope you get where I am heading with this...I want you to begin to think differently about breakfast. If breakfast is tasked with getting us through most of our day, we need to think of it as the powerful fueling meal that it is.
A typical breakfast of cereal, milk, and juice simply digests as a sugar. This means that it won’t last in our system long enough to carry us to lunch, without a sugary binge in between. For our children who don’t have the option of reaching for a snack at any point they choose, it can lead to hunger resulting in crankiness and distraction.
How do we fix this? Choosing a powerful breakfast is key! Think good quality proteins and fats.
Here are a few examples:
Eggs are a great source of protein and they are versatile. Chop some of your favorite vegetables to add some veggies to your omelettes or scrambled eggs.
Oats include a small amount of protein, but prepared with chopped nuts, fresh fruits, you now have a breakfast filled with plenty of proteins, vitamins and minerals. Always choose regular Old Fashioned Oats, as most of the nutrients are refined out of Quick Oats.
Nut butter and fruit spread sandwich –
Quick, sweet and perfect for late mornings! Choose any raw nut butter as long as the ingredients on the label are just nuts (Unfortunately peanut butter does not taste good raw and this is where the nutrients are, so choose from raw almond, cashew, or even walnut). Also, skip the jelly, mashed up banana can substitute that well if not add in thinly sliced pieces of strawberries, pears, or even an apple to give it that touch of sweetness t get you going. This makes for an easy "on the go" solution when you are on the run!
Leftovers from the night before
A little bit of chicken on toast can be filling for hours. Equally satisfying is a serving of black beans and rice with a boiled egg added.
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Let’s reframe the way we think about breakfast and ditch the traditional sweet treats every morning in favor of meals that enhance our ability to be resilient, attentive and alert!
In Peace, Love, and Health,
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