As we all know, breakfast is the most IMPORTANT meal of the day. And even though the ones I share tend to be the most photogenic ones (like pancakes & warm oat bowls ) I really wanted to show you that my breakfasts can be fairly simple too! Whether I’m having eggs, a protein shake or something that requires a bit more time to prepare, I always follow the same sort of framework for creating the best breakfast that suit my overall fitness goals.
Here are a few tips on how to build a balanced breakfast:
1. Pick a leafy GREEN - I always try to eat about 1 - 2 cups of spinach, kale, arugula or spring mix with my breakfasts in the morning. Greens help to provide valuable micronutrients like Iron, Calcium, Vitamin A & Beta Carotene & will set you up for a productive day.
2. Add your PROTEIN - I usually go for around .5 - 1 cup of egg whites or 1 scoop of protein powder if I’m making a smoothie on the go. I try to aim for around 25-30g of protein at breakfast, as it not only helps to reduce cravings for other foods, but protein also requires the most energy for your body to break down, making it extremely valuable to eat at the start of your day.
3. Throw in a COMPLEX CARB - I tend to add the complex carb only if I’m on a bulk, and it usually consists of either 2 slices of sprouted flax toast, 1/2 cup of oats or 1/2 cup of whole grain cereal.
4. Add a healthy FAT - My fats come from either by adding some turkey bacon, 1/4 - 1/2 mashed avocado (depending on the size) or some shredded cheddar cheese to my eggs. Or, I’ll add 1 tbsp nut butter to my smoothies.
And that’s about it! Whether you’re feeling something savoury (like eggs!) or a sweet smoothie in the morning to kickstart your day, these tips will ALWAYS help to set you up for enjoying a nutrient-rich, healthy & totally yummy breakfast every time.