You’ve heard it before…..
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?
Yet, most of us aren’t motivated to eat a nourishing meal first thing in the morning. Often during the morning rush, food is an inconvenience, and the most convenient thing may not be the most nourishing.
I get it. In fact now more than ever I totally get it.
The thing is, even if I wanted to, skipping breakfast is not an option for me. Most mornings, I’m up around 5:30am, and by 7:30am my tummy is rumbling and begging for food.
Although it might help suppress my appetite and give me a temporary jolt of energy, I don’t drink coffee, because I choose not to have caffeine. So instead, my body craves energy from protein first thing in the morning. It’s my fuel, the only thing that sustains me and keeps me focused for hours.
Which leads me back to what to eat for breakfast.
For months on end, my breakfast was the same thing – a slice of homemade grain free toast with sun butter and jelly. Then about three hours later, around 10:30, I’d have a protein shake made with cashew milk and collagen protein powder.
That was all well and good until I realized that perhaps one of those things may be causing me to be a little heavier than I’d like to be….
So I decided to do a little breakfast experiment.
With the experiment I was curious to see how much I really needed to eat – or how little I could get away with eating and still feel satisfied.
I also wanted to engage with the ultimate goal of slowing down, listening to my body and being more mindful. Too often, I rush through meals without thinking about what or how I’m eating. Then I end up eating too much.
The other factor for me is that I’m not a snacker. Even though I love food, I don’t want to think about it all day long. I prefer to compartmentalize it and eat only at meal time. Really, I’m just a three meal a day girl and a morning person to boot! To make things more complicated, full disclosure here, I also choose to only eat REAL whole food and grain free – so bars or cereal aren’t an option for me.
So here’s what I did, broken down in to five options with a few variations, like blueberry pancakes and bacon on Sunday morning 🙂
Day one: One whole organic egg scrambled or fried in coconut oil with 1 cup of chopped broccoli either or steamed or sautéed
Day two: 2 Applegate chicken sausage patties (I buy the regular not organic version because it has a cleaner ingredient panel)
Day three: Half a banana with 1 tablespoon cashew or almond butter
Day four: Protein Smoothie – 2 scoops collagen protein powder (20 grams of protein) 1 cup fruit, mango strawberry, banana, blueberry, handful of spinach or other greens
Day five: Grain free toast (nutrient dense) with 1 tablespoon nut butter and jelly
Day six: Seed cream cereal with sliced banana
So what worked best?
The eggs and sausage were the winner in terms of satisfying me for the longest amount of time. No surprise considering my body craves protein and fat.
Fruit really does nothing for me except make me feel bloated and hungry soon after eating it. The toast was also okay but not as satisfying as the eggs. Coupling a scrambled egg with one piece of toast worked well, and the seed cereal was quite satisfying but not as enjoyable to eat.
Please note: make sure to eat the whole egg, not just the white. The yolk contains valuable nutrients and healthy fats including choline for brain health.
Last but not least the pancakes were a bomb. I ate three blueberry pancakes because they were so delicious and was so full after eating them that I almost felt sick. Next time I will work harder the mindfulness piece as that is still a challenge for me.
I hope you will give the breakfast experiment a try.
I’d love to hear what works best for you too:)
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As always, cook with love xo