Breakfast is a meal that, in my opinion, is the most important meal of the day for several reasons. When you get up in the morning and get ready for your day, try to remember the last time that you had any decent food. Was it eight hours ago, 10 hours ago, or 12 hours ago?
Unless you eat right before retiring to bed, it could be that you haven’t eaten for 12 hours and your body needs an important supply of nutrients in the morning. If you are heading into work or getting the kids ready for school, don’t forget about what your health needs are. You need an excellent source of protein, carbohydrates, and fat so your body has the nutrients and energy it needs to get you through until mid-day.
Sometimes, you may be a bit behind in your schedule or you are not that organized in the morning, so you grab a coffee and bagel, muffin, or donut, from the drive-through or just drink coffee to get you going. The trouble with doing this is that you are not giving your body the nutritional support it needs to perform the tasks ahead and the low blood sugar you have in the morning hours will only be made worse by eating this way.
Consuming refined carbohydrates and coffee in the morning will rapidly increase your blood sugar and give you a boost, but it’s very short-term, as your blood sugar will drop again soon thereafter giving you brain fog and fatigue. We have all heard of the way in which a good breakfast allows our children to function better in school, so why don’t we apply the same knowledge to ourselves as adults?
Here is an example of a great breakfast idea I use every morning when I am getting ready for my day.
The Ultimate Power Breakfast
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cups dry quick oats
- 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
- 1-2 tablespoon raw almonds
- 1-2 tablespoon raw walnuts
- 1 teaspoon natural honey
- 1/8 cup 5% cream
|Boil 1 cup of water and add to dry oats|
|Mix thoroughly and add more water to desired consistency|
|Let stand for a few minutes.|
|Fold in cream, blueberries, and nuts.|
|Drizzle honey on top.|
This, my friends, is a power breakfast. Please be reminded that you can decrease or increase the serving size of dry oats depending upon your hunger and your energy needs. This is a high-complex-carbohydrate, moderate-fat, and low-protein but highly nutritious breakfast. After eating this, I don’t feel any hunger for hours and I also have no cravings, energy crashes, or fogginess in mental functioning. This is also an excellent breakfast if you want to lower blood fats, blood sugar, blood pressure, and your weight. It is extremely heart-healthy and will also keep you regular.
If you want to add more fiber and essential fats, try adding one tablespoon of ground flaxseed to the mixture. You can also substitute other types of berries for the blueberries.