A few weeks ago my friend Kelsey texted me and told me that she was about to start a 2 week boot-camp at Corepower Yoga and desperately needed some healthy food ideas since participants were highly encouraged to keep a food journal and follow a healthy meal plan to maximize their results.
One of the first things I ask people when they ask for healthy food ideas is what they’re eating for breakfast. I’ve said it 4857948 times on this blog but I truly believe breakfast is the most important meal and sets the tone for your entire day of eating. So when Kelsey (calling you out sorry) told me she’d been eating a frozen Special K Breakfast Sandwich for breakfast for the past like 6 months I almost died.
I immediately went online to check out the ingredients (because I’m psycho) in these breakfast sandwiches and please just listen to the ingredients in the “egg” portion of the sandwich: Scrambled egg patty (whole eggs, whey, egg whites, nonfat milk, soybean oil, modified food starch, dicalcium phosphate, salt, sodium bicarbonate, xanthan gum, guar gum, citric acid [to promote color retention], pepper, soy lecithin). SAY WHAT?!?!?!?!?
An egg patty should have 1 ingredient: egg!
For me breakfast has to be the following:
- Something healthy
- Something filling
- Something super easy or something I can make ahead of time like egg muffins or overnight oats
I’m a firm believer that breakfast sets the tone for your entire day. Fueling your body in the morning not only jump starts your metabolism but also helps you make better food choices throughout the day.
So what does a proper breakfast contain? Healthy fats, protein and healthy carbs! An example being my favorite breakfast EVER right now: cinnamon breakfast sweet potatoes (carbs), 1/2 avocado (fats) and 2 eggs (protein). Yes it’s a ton of food BUT guess who isn’t reaching for a sugary latte or doughnut at work….THIS GIRL!
Avocado lovers…boy do I have a treat for you today!
After seeing avocado pudding recipes all over social media and even on the Kardashian’s I knew I had to try it myself to see if it really lived up to the hype!
Well spoiler alter…IT’S DELICIOUS and so incredibly easy to make!!!!!
Avocado pudding is meat to be a healthy, filling breakfast but I have loved having it as a snack too. Actually I’m currently sitting on my couch watching NFL Red Zone eating avocado pudding as dinner cooks in my crockpot. Holy hell am I 90 years old?
Quick football tangent…How on earth did the Chargers lose that game?!?! I’m still upset! Maybe I’ll have another bowl of avocado pudding to make it better—-yep!
What you eat for breakfast sets the tone for your entire day.
Think about it…
If you start your day with a doughnut and sugary coffee you’re going to be a lot less likely to eat healthy throughout the rest of that day. I don’t know about you but when I start my day wrong my mind immediately goes to “SCREW IT MODE” and I just figure I’ll get back on track the next day. Hello cheat day that turns into cheat week that turns into 20 unwanted pounds.
You guys, I’m telling you simply starting your day off with something healthy makes a world of difference in your energy, food cravings and overall mindset.
Let’s talk eggs!
To eat the yolk or not to eat the yolk…that is the question!
Personally, I’m 100% pro yolk. Egg yolks have a bad reputation for being high in cholesterol but let’s clear things up.
Recent studies have shown little to no link between dietary cholesterol (found in eggs) and high blood cholesterol levels. The real issue with high cholesterol is the consumption of saturated and trans fats.
It’s crazy isn’t it that people don’t even blink an eye before eating a giant slice of pizza or a doughnut but they hear egg yolks and freak out!
The egg yolk actually has some incredible health benefits, for example:
- Yolks contain 7 vitamins: A, D, E, K, B6, B12 and Folate- Did you know egg yolks are one of the only foods where Vitamin D is found naturally? Source
- Contains minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, sodium, selenium and chromium (more on chromium below)
- Contains carotenoids (lutein and zeaxanthin) that promote eye health
- Contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids- The GOOD fats!
- Helps reduce LDL cholesterol (bad) and raise HDL cholesterol (good)
Breakfast is the most important meal of the entire day. Think about it…you are literally “breaking” the “fast” your body has been in all night by eating. Getting your body out of that fasted state jump starts your metabolism so you efficiently burn calories all day long.
That being said, how many of you actually eat a healthy breakfast on a consistent basis?
I sure don’t.
I’m a hot mess in the morning and can hardly handle putting creamer in my coffee much less cooking breakfast.
Happy Christmas Eve LLEG readers!
I am a HUGE believer in taking time away from technology to spend with family and friends…especially around the holiday season. That being said, this will be my last post until Sunday afternoon where I will resume doing my Weekly Meals post.
Anyway, if I’m going to be taking a little blog vacation I had to leave you all with 1 more amazing recipe for Christmas morning. My family makes this Upside-Down Cranberry Breakfast Cake every single year for Christmas morning (along with Sausage Balls). The original recipe calls for a TON of sugar because it’s suppose to be a dessert- so we modify it and cut out HALF the sugar to make it not only healthier but more appropriate for breakfast.
2 words: Sausage Balls!
But first let’s discuss my Weekly Meals. The week before Christmas……..boy would I prefer to not cook a single thing. I’m feeling so lazy and uninspired with my meals this week. There simply are not enough hours in the day to get everything done for Christmas and I think my bank account has officially gone to $0. When I was planning my meals I seriously went through everything in my refrigerator and cupboard to see what ingredients I had on hand to make this the cheapest week of meals possible.
SUCCESS! I found leftover lentils, a jar of salsa, a can of beans and realized I still had 3 packs of chicken thighs from last week. My Weekly Meals this week are very similar to last weeks but hey I still had some ingredients and they’re easy and delicious when there simply isn’t time for anything else.
Honestly, I can’t stress enough just how important it is to eat healthy leading into a holiday. It’s so easy to be lazy and say screw it we’ll order pizza Sunday, get Thai Monday, get tacos Tuesday, get burgers Wednesday then oops it’s Christmas and we’re going to devour cookies, egg nog and ham until we’re sick.
holiDAY– NOT holiWEEK or holiMONTH!
In my opinion breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Think about it, you don’t eat for hours after dinner or while you sleep so when you wake up your body is still in that fasted state. How do you “break the fast”? Break-fast…see what I did there? Eating breakfast is so important to jump start your metabolism and get your body ready to start burning calories all day long. With this recipe for cranberry pumpkin breakfast cookies you’ll never skip breakfast again, even on the busiest of mornings.
Now, lets be honest. In a perfect world I would wake up at 9:00 am drink a couple cups of coffee, then my green detox drink, then whip up a feast for breakfast. I’m talking a feast of omelets, bacon, pancakes, sausage you name it…I LOVE breakfast. Unfortunately, most mornings I can barley spread peanut butter on a half toasted piece of bread before running out the door.