After many years of resisting the movement, I’ve finally given in to breakfast.
As it turns out, it actually is important. So, quickly, a biology lesson. Your body has been fasting since around 7:00 last night (ideally- more on that later). It’s fine while you sleep because all sorts of weird restorative things are happening, but when you wake up you need to eat.
Specifically, you need fat and protein. Your brain actually depends on it. Oh sure, you think coffee is what you need but it isn’t.
Your brain is basically fat and electricity. The fat is what allows the electricity to travel through your brain and allows your body to do things like talk and try the overly complicated catfish braid your daughter saw on Pinterest.
So, here are a couple of options. First, make a fritatta on Sunday morning and save the leftovers for breakfast during the week. Just cut slices, separate with parchment paper in a container, and pull them out and microwave them for a few seconds. This is our favorite frittata. It’s great because it has a lot of protein in addition to vegetables. We always eat it with pico de gallo and/or guacamole on top of it. You’ll have plenty of protein, good fat, and vegetables.
See? Already you’ve had a nutritionally packed meal before you ever answered an e-mail.
But here’s the rub for me. I just found out recently that I have an egg AND a dairy sensitivity.
What I heard in that moment in the doctor’s office was this: NO CHEESE EVER. IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS YOU KNOW IT.
And that isn’t entirely true. I just cannot have those things at all for four months. Then we’ll try to add back some small amounts of quality dairy. Until then, life is just shades of gray.
BUT. Breakfast still remained an important meal so my easy frittata is now off limits.
Coach says, eat a smoothie or a protein shake.
Bleh. I was not going gently into the smoothie world, but I did more research on smoothies than any human should, and now I have one that is actually vegan and delicious.
And no, I am not going vegan because I like my food to have taste (oh, I kid), but this actually does, and it keeps me out of dairy and egg purgatory.
It’s my Chocolate-Cherry Smoothie. I do love it, and it is nutritionally dense, so I have a big dose of vitamins and minerals doing good things to my skin, hair, metabolism, hunger, etc. before I ever get to work.
- 2 cups almond milk
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- 1 ripe banana
- ½ cup raw almonds (cashews would work too)
- 2 cups pitted cherries (frozen is fine)
- ½ cup ice (if you need thickness- I usually don't use it)
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened organic cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon (or to taste, or not at all)
- 2 tablespoons flax Seed
- 1 tablespoon bee pollen (this is totally optional but adds a little sweetness and a lot of nutrition)
- Blend the spinach and almond milk first to pulverize the spinach. Then add the other ingredients and blend 30 seconds until smooth.
- This makes enough for 3 of us to have ample amounts- if you have kids it will probably serve 4, maybe 5 people. My husband usually takes about 16 ounces, mine is about 10 ounces, and our youngest eats about 8 ounces. There's usually a little left over as well. You can easily half the recipe.
- I use my blender which is my very favorite kitchen appliance. If you don't have a high powered blender, you can use a food processor. It will take a little longer to blend, but it will work just as well.
So, to conclude today:
- Eat breakfast
- Make sure it includes good fat and protein
- Diet Coke and Little Debbie Cakes are NEVER the path to health