Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day—I’ve tried it many ways, from frozen waffles drenched in imitation maple syrup or cold cereal floating in homogenized, pasteurized low-fat milk (oh, the folly of youth!), to an apple with a handful of raw almonds and a cup of tea (left me full for a bit, then ravenous later), to something including eggs, sautéed veggies, a pinch of spring greens and a slice of red pepper, maybe some uncured turkey bacon or free-range chicken sausage, topped with avocado slices (rocket fuel!)
Having run the gamut of options as they regard to breakfast, I have come to find that something less sugary, more savory, with healthy fats, raw and cooked produce, and a good amount of protein is the way to go. Being mindful of these components has delivered regularly on keeping blood sugar balanced, thoughts clear, cravings down, mood bright and energy even (both for the adults and for the kids, who are very busy with their schoolwork.)
I do tend to wake early to prepare everyone’s breakfast—I like not being rushed, and the extra time allows me to think more clearly on adding a little variety each morning. I don’t want the same, nutritious dish to become white noise to our bodies. It’s good to mix things up a bit each day.
So, on a given morning, I might make up a pot-souffle , using organic eggs, unsweetened almond milk, and sweet potatoes or winter squash—these I’ve steamed beforehand and have ready for use in the fridge. Or, I might make a veggie scramble, using sautéed zucchini and spinach, a little goat cheese and organic eggs. Plainly scrambled eggs are always a hit, too—the kids love when I slow-scramble them, so that they stay soft in texture.
With the protein entrée complete, an accompaniment of organic, nitrite- and nitrate-free poultry bacon or sausage is always welcomed—and these tend to be pre-cooked, making a quick re-heating in the pan or pot used for the egg dish easy, and cutting down on clean-up. One or two pieces go a long way in terms of taste and adding a little more protein.
For the grown-ups, I put a little sauteed veggies (whatever greens are in season are wonderful), over a pinch of salad greens, or pair them with a few slices of raw veggies. This way we get enzymes to help with pre-digestion, and the nutrition of cooked veggies, where the cellulose wall has been broken down through some cooking.
I always have a side of fresh, organic, seasonal fruit slices or fresh berries—not too much, maybe the equivalent of a piece of whole fruit. Since we don’t do commercially-prepared toast or cereals, I like having a little bit of sweetness and carbs, and the kids love it.
But, what if you’re in a rush each morning, trying to get many things done in a short window of time?
If it’s happening every day, then I’d encourage you to go to bed a half-hour earlier so you can wake up a half-hour earlier and get a more balanced start to your day—starting the day in a frenzy is a rough way to begin any day, and if it’s a regular pattern, then you’re shooting yourself in the foot before it’s even left the house!
But, sometimes, even with the best of intentions and planning, things can go awry—the alarm clock doesn’t go off, an emergency clean-up after a pet consumes your time, an unexpected, lengthy phone call pulls your attention for the morning.
We’ve all had those mornings.
So, when your time has been consumed in something other than the creative pursuit of a tasty breakfast, it’s great to have on hand some items that will meet your nutritional needs and keep you going.
Here are some ideas:
• A slice or 2 of raw cheese , some raw nuts , coupled with a piece of organic fruit
• Plain, organic yogurt sweetened with a teaspoon of raw, unprocessed sugar or local, raw honey and a little vanilla extract, with some superfood powder mixed in, topped with a few raw nuts
• Sliced raw veggies (bell pepper, carrots, celery, jicama) with some raw cheese and a boiled egg or two
As you can see, these options are focused on giving you protein, healthy fats and vitamins and minerals—they may not be as inviting as a steaming plate of scrambled eggs or soufflé, but they will give you good nutrition in a little bit of effort.
Have fun with your breakfast—it is the springboard from which you’ll get through the rest of your day. Make it tasty and full of nutrition so that you’ll be primed no matter what comes your way!