Healthy Breakfast Foods
Everybody and their peace-loving dog is trying to find healthy breakfast foods that aren't full of processed crap and empty calories.
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You see, if you start your day with sugary foods or foods that are not nutrient dense, you'll soon find yourself hungry again, sluggish from the sugar lows and likely craving more sugar to give you another energy burst. But eating healthy throughout the day is easier when you set the tone for your day right away.
Choosing (affordable) organic foods also gives your body more nutrients and less pesticide exposure, meaning you'll be supporting your health over the long run, as well as your day.
Avoid any processed foods.
Despite what the package may claim, if it's processed it's not as healthy as whole, fresh foods. And adding laboratory "nutrients" doesn't beat the natural nutrition found in whole foods.
Also remember the purpose of breakfast: it should fill you up without stuffing you, give you a natural source of energy and not leave you tired after eating, or hungry too soon. For this you'll likely need some protein and healthy fats in varying amounts depending on your activity level.
The Best Healthy Breakfast Foods
Below is a list of my favorite healthy breakfast foods. Remember: Different people need and want different types of food throughout their life and changes in lifestyle in order to support their optimum health. It's important to know your body, to listen to and understand your cravings and when in doubt consult a holistic nutritional expert, someone who talks about whole foods and real foods, not just "nutrients".
Fresh-squeezed orange juice or other juices made from a home juicer are a great addition to any healthy breakfast foods, or even by itself. You can use the pulp in your smoothies below.
Fresh Fruit, Nuts and Veggies with Spreads
Healthy breakfast foods don't need to be complicated. Some walnuts, pecans or almonds, fresh fruit or veggies can get you started out easily and quickly. A simple spread such as sunflower butter will add extra protein and good fats to hold you over longer and snacking on these throughout your morning can help you feel nourished but not overfull.
Green smoothies include your favorite fresh or frozen fruits, mild tasting greens, such as spinach, and some good drinking water for blending. You might even add some shredded carrots, avocado (for healthy fat and a creamier taste) or other veggies for added health. Pour leftover smoothie into popsicle molds for a healthy snack later.
Yogurt with Fresh Berries
Dairy products should always be organic, free of hormones and cultured with "good bacteria" which helps your digestive system. Choose or make your own plain yogurt, and add in your own fresh fruit, a natural sweetner (such as honey or stevia) and maybe even some homemade vanilla extract or cocnut oil for flavor.
Homemade granola recipes are simple and healthy. No extra additives or preservatives and you can make large batches at a time. Eat dry as a quick snack to munch or as cereal in a bowl of organic milk, rice milk or almond milk.
Mix in your favorite fruits, such as apples, raisins or peaches. Add some organic heavy whipping cream or yogurt if you need some good fats or some raw local honey for sweetness.
Bagel and Cream Cheese
If you're concerned with carbs, try a gluten-free bagel instead. Cream cheese can be a good source of necessary fat, but should be organic. Couple this with fresh juice or a smoothie.
Sometimes we're just craving something sweeter. Banana medleys, or banana boats, are just the thing to satisfy a sweet tooth in a healthy way. Cut the banana length-wise, slather with almond or sunflower butter, drizzle with honey, top with raisins and sprinkle with cinnamon. (These make a yummt dessert too!)
Brown Rice Cereal with Toppings
This is my favorite of all healthy breakfast foods. Good organic brown rice cereals can be found in most grocery stores or online and are similar to rice crispies. A simple recipe includes 1/2 cup of cereal with organic almond milk, half a banana (sliced), crumbled pecans and sprinkled cinnamon. Optionally you can also drizzle with raw honey.
This simple "cereal" is made up of mixed raw nuts, berries, bananas, raisins etc and can be sprinkled with cinnamon and eaten with homemade coconut or almond milk.
Eggs, Omelets, Etc
Lots of people feel eggs are not healthy. But we've been eating eggs for thousands of years without problems. This is because our eggs were healthier then than the factory-raised chicken eggs now, and we were more physically active than we are today. But your body still needs fat and cholesterol for its health. Opt for organic, free-range eggs - preferably from a farmer you know and chickens you have verified are living the good life outdoors and without a corn-based diet (or even some you've raised yourself!) - and couple your eggs with lots of fresh fruit, veggies and juices. Eat as a sandwich or wrap and top your eggs with organic cheese, fresh salsa or other flavors.
When in Doubt
If it has an ingredient list, it's less healthy than if you would find it on an ingredient list. Things such as eggs, fruit, vegetables, and oats are all healthy breakfast foods that you make something with, instead of a pre-made "meal" that you grab on your way out the door.
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