WHAT IS A HEALTHY BREAKFAST?
Breakfast is important, but what is most important is
what you eat for breakfast
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After a night of sleep – with no drinking or eating, we awake dehydrated. We need to hydrate. What I like to have in the morning is a large glass of warm water with a squeeze of an organic lemon juice. This is great for the liver and for your metabolism.
After the water I highly suggest you have a green smoothie or a green juice. Below is a recipe for one of my favorite super nutrient packed green smoothie. This is the perfect fuel to start your day. As well as being hydrating, the smoothie supplies your body with the vitamins, minerals, protein, essential fatty acids, omega 3 and phytonutrients that your body needs to function at its best.
CREAMY GREEN SMOOTHIE
- 1 C water
- 1 Tbsp hemp hearts
- 1 Medjool date (pit out and chopped) – optional
- ½ C frozen mango
- ¼ C frozen banana
- ¼ – ½ C parsley
- ½ – 1 C kale or another green
- 1 heaping tsp of a good quality green powder
- And ½-1 tsp Spirulina (start with less if you have not used this before)
- OR 4-5 Chlorella tablets
- 1 tsp wheatgrass powder (optional)
- 1 heaping tsp of Acerola Cherry powder (high in Vit C)
Place all ingredients in blender except the greens. Blend until smooth, add greens and blend again.
High quality powders such as the green powders, wheatgrass powder, Spriulina, Chlorella, Acerola Cherry powder, etc (there are so many) are superfoods you can easily add to your smoothies that add that extra nutrient boost. Green powders add high quality protein, phytonutrients, antioxidants and a lot of minerals as well as chlorophyll. These are important to add in the winter as you are probably not getting enough good quality greens in your diet and probably eating more cooked foods.
*If you do not have a high speed blender, make sure you chop everything into smaller pieces, including greens before you put them in the blender.
CITRUS & CHIA BREAKFAST
To make chia gel: Add 1 Tbsp chia seeds to a bowl and then add 5 Tbsp water. Stir often until it gels. About 10-20 minutes.
To Put This Together:
- Add chopped grapefruit pieces and orange pieces (no skin) to a bowl.
- Bananas and apples are also great in this
- Add the chia gel and stir to mix.
- You do not need to add all the chia gel to the bowl. Add as much as you want and see if you like it first.
Chia gel will store in the fridge for over 1 week.
Chia is a complete protein, it is high in antioxidants, potassium, boron, iron, essential fatty acids and fiber. It is energy enhancing and hydrating.
The below chocolate smoothie below is a rich, decadent treat that is so good for you! This is great for a snack in the afternoon before the gym or as lunch. If you want it for a snack in the evening, I would leave out the protein powder.
CHOCOLATE SHAKE SMOOTHIE
- 1 C home-made nut milk (or use 1 C water & 1 C hemp seeds)
- 2 Tbsp Boku protein powder (optional)
- 1 C blueberries
- 1 small banana (frozen or fresh)
- 1 Tbsp nut butter (optional)
- 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder (or organic cocoa powder)
- 2 Medjool dates chopped (soak in hot water for a few minutes to soften)
- 3 Tbsp goji berries (optional)
- 1 tsp of Matcha powder (optional)
- 1 heaping tsp of green powder (optional but good to add!)
Blend well and enjoy! This is great for a snack and good if you are craving something like a dessert. This is not something you want to drink a lot of.
*Raw Cacao powder is very high in magnesium and antioxidants.
I did put a lot of (optional) in the recipes but that is because I do not want to discourage you from trying these smoothies just because you don’t have some of the ingredients. You do not need to use the superfoods. The smoothies are GREAT without them also. This is a guideline in case you want to try some but are not sure how to use them.
If you are a person who does not eat breakfast and feels – this is too much for me. What I suggest to start is, of course the water, and maybe start with a bit of fruit in the morning. Or try a smoothie or juice.
I am not telling you to give up coffee or tea in the morning I am suggesting what to ADD to your morning. Remember, when you first wake up you are dehydrated. That is why getting that large glass of water in first thing is so important. Coffee and tea (if black) will dehydrate you even more. So if you are getting water and a juice and or smoothie then have your coffee or tea also.
If you cannot seem to have the smoothie soon after waking, put it in a mason jar or some container with a secure lid and take it with you! You will be so happy you did. I also used to take the fruit and chia gel with me. That will last for a few days in the fridge. Eat it when you get hungry whether that is 9:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
What you eat and drink in the morning greatly determines how you feel throughout the day. Make it GOOD AND HEALTHY!!
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