Stuck in a breakfast rut? Try these simple, healthy and delicious recipes that will leave you full until lunchtime. Remember, eating “breakfast like a queen, lunch like a princess and dinner like a pauper” is the ideal way to maximize your metabolism.
1. Eggs with white beans and greens
Scramble or fry your eggs in butter (down with margarine and that nasty spray stuff!). Saute a can of white beans and some greens of your choice (spinach and chard work well) with broth and salt or a boullion cube for flavor. Serve the eggs piping hot in a bowl over the white beans and greens. This keeps well – leftovers can be reheated for lunch, or for tomorrow’s breakfast.
2. Power-packed smoothie
Start with a blend of milks – try raw milk or almond milk – and then throw everything you can think of in there. Remember, you want a good amount of protein and fat. For protein try a raw egg yolk (from a trusted source) or protein powder. A bit of avocado or some shredded coconut can add both fat and a creamy texture. Frozen or fresh berries and bananas provide flavor so that you can sneak in spinach without tasting it. Go to town with whatever booster foods you like – spirulina, chia seeds, bee pollen – and feel super-virtuous about all the healthy stuff you managed to consume before 8 am!
3. Whole grain pancakes
Lots of people have a hard time digesting gluten, including me. I’ve experimented quite a bit with pancakes and my fave flours to use are teff (an ancient Ethiopian grain) and almond (yeah, the nut). If you live anywhere within striking distance of a natural grocery store you’ll be able to score at least one of these. While teff is a grain, almond, being a nut, offers more protein and fat. So if I’m serving teff pancakes I usually supplement them with yogurt (or bacon). Oh, and don’t forget the maple syrup – one of nature’s most delicious treats, as far as I’m concerned.
4. Japanese style breakfast
Serve cooked or raw fish, such as salmon or tuna, over brown rice mixed with some seaweed. Seaweed is one of the most mineral-rich foods on Earth, and sheets of nori are super easy to find. Sprinkle with Gomasio – a blend of sea salt and sesame seeds. If you’re really motivated, toss a dollop of miso in a bowl, pour hot water for it and stir. Now you’ve got two courses!
5. Eggs a la sweet potato
Did you serve sweet potatoes last night? Got some left over? Heat them up in your stove while frying or scrambling a couple of eggs. Don’t forget salt and butter or coconut oil.