Build A Better Breakfast
The secret to having an amazing day is choosing to have an amazing day. Seriously. It's that simple! It all starts with the decisions that we make in the morning, and the mood that we choose to take on. When you wake up, how you wake up, how you fuel, and how you leave the house set the tone for the day in front of you. What are your priorities? How do you want to feel?
Breakfast is the first most important meal of the day (they're all important). It literally breaks the fast you have been experiencing since dinner. What you choose to put into your body determines many things, including your energy level and if you can make it to lunch without feeling ravenous.
An ideal breakfast has everything that you need for a balanced, filling, and delicious meal: slow carbs, quality protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. I also love to toss in antioxidants and probiotics.
My favorite way to eat breakfast is by creating Power Bowls: bowls of goodness that fuel my day and keep me fuller longer. Every one is different and utilizes whatever I have in my fridge. I introduced these to my boyfriend two years ago, and he calls them a game-changer.
To create yours, follow these steps:
1. Choose a Foundation (or two!)
Greens (Kale, Spinach), Quinoa, Brown/Red/Black/Wild Rice, Farro, Cauliflower/Jicama Rice
2. Choose a Protein (or two!)
Beans, Lentils, Tempeh, Tofu, High-Quality Faux Meat Products (Field Roast Field Burgers, Field Roast Sausages (Italian Sausage & Mexican Chipotle flavors), Tofurkey Sausages (Beer Brats, Kielbasa flavors).
3. Load up with Veggies (&/or Fruits, depending on your base)
The sky is the limit here! Try to get as many colors as possible into your bowl. My favorites: sweet potatoes, purple sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, cucumbers, onions, snap peas, and garlic.
4. Add Healthy Fats
Avocado (need I say more?), nuts, seeds (hemp, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame), coconut oil
5. Add Fresh Herbs & Spices
Basil, Cilantro, Parsley, Mint, Nutritional Yeast, Turmeric, Smoked Paprika, Cumin, Black Pepper
6. Add Probiotics
Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Pickled Vegetables, Kelp
7. Add Toppers
If you follow me on Instagram (@pandahamandah), I post these breakfast bowls to my stories all the time! Sometimes I post the process, sometimes I post the recipe, and sometimes I post the (approximate) nutritional information:
Obviously, these are all examples. Get creative! Have fun! Try different combinations using all of your favorite ingredients. Try something different like purple potatoes or jicama. Then, get cooking: grab a skillet, warm it over medium heat with coconut oil, lemon juice, or water, and start with the ingredients that need to cook longer (potatoes, tempeh, faux meats). Continue adding ingredients until all are cooked as desired. Stir in ingredients like tomatoes, avocado, and probiotics at the end to combine. Pour into a bowl, add toppers, and enjoy!