As crazy as it sounds in my head, talking about breakfast seems like a controversial topic. With the hype of Intermittent Fasting most people are caving into the idea that skipping breakfast is the best way to improve your health. I’m not here to debate that, I’m not even sure I want to share my personal experience with IF, I’m just here to say that I still love breakfast!
So what are some of the best items to include in your breakfast? What is going to be the best fuel for your body? The go-to response is definitely eggs and I have to agree, eggs are a great place to start!
I know that’s not the answer you’re looking for though, it’s already been said so many times. Some other items I like to incorporate are Greek yogurt, oatmeal, chia seeds, and nuts.
Greek yogurt is a great source of protein which can reduce feelings of hunger and if probiotics which help keep your gut healthy.
Oatmeal makes the list because of its ability to increase your feeling of fullness and satiety due to its fiber content plus it is rich in antioxidants.
Chia seeds are also a great source of fiber and antioxidants and have been known to reduce inflammation. Part of the fiber found in chia seeds are viscous fibers which absorb water. This helps increase the volume of food moving through your digestive tract which helps you feel full and satisfied.
Nuts can often have a negative connotation due to their fat content but it’s important to realize the major health benefits and to eat them in moderation. Nuts have been shown to improve heart disease risk factors, reduce insulin resistance, and decrease inflammation.
Now that we know some items to include let’s talk about how to make it happen! I’ll get more into the specifics of what I eat and give you a few recipes to try out later but first how do you make breakfast a priority. How do you fit breakfast into the rush of your morning routine? You prep it of course 😉 Did you really think I would have a different response? I doubt it! No matter what you prefer, hot or cold, savory or sweet, meal prep can work for your breakfast too!
Normally when it comes to meal prep I preach all about variety but with breakfast that changes. I am TOTALLY a creature of habit when it comes to the first meal of the day. Maybe that’s because I need it to be simple, my brain isn’t functioning at full speed until my coffee kicks in! 😴 ☕️ I actually normally change my breakfast with the season. In the spring and summer I prefer a cold breakfast most days but in the fall once it gets cooler out I switch to warm breakfast, rotating between one or two options. Download my go-to breakfasts below and make sure to take @thebalancedprep along with #thebalancedprep when you share them on social media!
Healthy + Flavorful Breakfast Recipes
You're sure to start your day off right with this collection of four healthy + flavorful breakfast recipes!