Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. In continuing my series on breakfast ideas, here are a few that can start your day without spiking the blood sugar levels and keep you full throughout the morning:
Yesterday’s Green Smoothie!
Oatmeal is by far one of the best choices you can make. Oats are chock full of soluble fiber, which helps remove cholesterol from your body. It also helps bring your blood sugar under control AND aids in the loss of weight. Great reasons to have oats. BUT, you may have grown up like I did covering it with brown sugar and butter or milk and this is NOT the healthy way to eat your oats. Also, avoid the Minute oats or Instant oats (which generally contain lots of sugar and flavorings), as the more broken down the fibers, the less benefit you receive. Old fashioned oats only take five minutes and they are well worth the invested time. Try this recipe, but cut the maple syrup down to 1 tsp if you are pre-diabetic, or you can cut it out completely and add a bit more cinnamon to “sweeten” the oats. My new program will be coming soon and eating a healthy breakfast will be an important component.
Another great idea for oats, chop an apple, peel and all, and add with the oats, along with a teaspoon or two of cinnamon. A few slices of banana can also be added, or a cup of blueberries.
Some not so ordinary ideas for breakfast include a veggie wrap and you can use the cashew cream or hummus, but be careful of commercial hummus. It is often full of fat, so consider making your own following this recipe.
I also eat salad for breakfast when I am in a hurry or have an early plane to catch. I pick up a salad at Trader Joes, or make my own when possible, pack an ice pack, and I can eat on the plane, passing on the pretzels and cookies. I have had no problem taking an ice pack through security.
The Cowgirl bowl is a good choice too, but I wrote this recipe before I understood the impact dairy has on us. Try it without the cheese and sour cream. Load up on the salsa instead.
Breakfast doesn’t have to be eggs and bacon any more. Branch out and try something new, but above all else, eat your breakfast!