Why We Love Breakfast (+ A Bonus Recipe)
To eat or to not eat (breakfast)? The question has been one that has been doing the rounds for years and while we always encourage our community to listen to their bodies and do what feels right to them, there is no denying the amazing mental and physical benefits that we have experienced by including a wholesome breakfast as part of our daily meal plans.
A very important reason why we prefer to eat something within a couple of hours of waking up is to break the fast that our bodies are subjected to after we have our last meal the night before (and before we have our first meal in the mornings!). Eating a fresh, home cooked breakfast in the morning ensures optimum micro-nutrient delivery and assimilation and prevents binge-eating and over-eating later in the day. It also helps curb the urge to consume stimulants like tea, coffee or cigarettes throughout the day (a perfect idea if you’re looking to cut back on your caffeine intake) and helps you power through the day with much more energy and without any headaches or acidity.
However, like with everything else, listening to your body is key; even if you’re a regular breakfast eater, there might be days when you might want to skip it entirely. In this case, it is important to make sure that you respect your body. It is also important that you are fully present when eating, which means no reading the newspaper or scrolling through your emails. This helps prevent overeating and allows you to fully connect with your food and savour it in its entirety. Ayurveda also recommends eating a warm, freshly cooked meal for breakfast for better digestion.
We know that planning and eating a home cooked breakfast every day can be challenging, especially when we are juggling so many other things during the day! Here is one of our favorite breakfast ideas to keep you happy, healthy and inspired throughout the day:
OVERNIGHT PROTEIN OATS
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup @fage fat-free Greek yogurt
1 cup @silk almond milk (you can use a milk of your choice; I just love the taste of this one!)
1 tsp hemp seeds
1 tsp Chia seeds
1/2 cup berries
Maple syrup or Honey (Optional)
Mix all of the above except the berries and refrigerate overnight. Add berries and sweetener of choice just before eating.
Nutrition: 25 gms
Protein: 35 grams
Carbs, Fat & Omegas from Hemp and Chia Seeds
Antioxidants & Vitamins from berries