The body continues to burn through food and nutrients even as we sleep, leaving our stores depleted by morning. A meal shortly after waking up is important to replenish these depleted energy stores and energize the body. But what is the ideal portion for breakfast? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It revs up your metabolism, builds up your energy for the day and makes you just feel good. The key? Eat a high-protein and low-carb balanced breakfast. Skipping breakfast can also lead to low energy. We rely on breakfast to kick start our metabolism after a good night's sleep.
Breakfasts high in protein and fiber and lower in carbs are the ideal combinations.
1. Middle Eastern Savory Yogurt Jar: Greek yogurt is often sweetened but it's absolutely delicious served savory-style. This is how it's served in Middle Eastern countries. Topped with extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, feta cheese, and spicy and crunchy chickpeas. It's a great meal to start the day and contains naturally occurring probiotics provided by the yogurt.
2. Mesclun Egg Salad: I know, I know salad for breakfast may sound weird but it's actually delicious. Packed with protein and sure to get you energized for the day, this breakfast is loaded with veggies. It gets a luscious taste from avocado and provides you with a full day's supply of beta-carotene and vitamin C.
3. Portabella Egg Sandwich [pictured above]: Think of this as the veggie version of one of the most popular breakfast sandwiches in the Egg McMuffin. Skip the processed foods and preservatives and use a sauteed portabella mushroom cap. Caps are then stuffed with uncured organic ham (sans nitrates), naturally smoked real mozzarella cheese and pasture-raised eggs. A hearty breakfast dish that's meant to be eaten with a fork and knife.
7. Egg Salad Tomato “Bruschetta”: Boil a couple eggs the night before. Egg salad can be a great breakfast item. Full of high-quality protein, you'll be getting plenty of lutein and zeaxanthin from the egg yolks. Get the recipe here.