Mornings are a crucial part of the day.
Which is why it’s vitally important to start every day off with a healthy breakfast.
My breakfast in the morning usually consists of lean meat, eggs, and vegetables.
But this wasn’t always the case.
A few days ago, I was on a road trip. I decided to splurge and eat a donut for breakfast.
But it didn’t go quite as well as I’d hoped.
I usually don’t have an issue with energy. But that day, I felt depleted, tired, and ‘snackish’ by 11 AM.
The truth is that I wasn’t used to consuming that much processed sugar in the morning.
As a result, my energy levels spiked, then plunged; leaving me no alternative but to take an early lunch, and recover with a proper mid-day fuel-up of lean chicken, onions, peppers, mushrooms, an egg, and a fresh tomato.
But here’s a good question.
What’s the perfect meal to eat first thing in the morning?
According to a recent post on CNN, the closest thing the average person is likely to find to a ‘perfect breakfast’ certainly doesn’t consist of pancakes and syrup.
It consists of complex carbs, healthy fats, fiber, and protein.
But what does that type of meal look like?
Let’s take a closer look.
A Recipe For A ‘Nearly Perfect’ Breakfast That’ll Fuel You Up For An Awesome Day
You’re going to want to blend together five specific elements to make this ‘dream breakfast’ a reality.
- Nonstarchy carbs
In fact, this is a base food guideline that you can take to the bank for every meal. But it’s especially important at breakfast.
So let’s take a look at how we could put some of these elements together to create a full-fledged breakfast to really rock your morning world.
1. Start With Eggs
Two large eggs, cooked as you like, serve as the perfect starting point for a balanced, nutritious breakfast.
Need some oil for those eggs? Use a tablespoon of olive oil.
2. Add Some Veggies
A cup of beans (black, kidney, or pinto) adds plenty of protein and other essential elements to the mix.
You can add a cup of steamed broccoli to the mix as well.
Yes, two cups of veggies right off the bat may seem excessive; but here’s the thing to keep in mind.
These foods, unlike pancakes, waffles, or donuts, don’t pack empty calories into your body.
Instead, they’re going to fill you up with the types of things your body needs to sustain your energy throughout the day.
2 cups of leafy greens, such as lettuce, kale, or spinach, is another awesome touch to add on top of what you’re already preparing. For best results, add them and eat them raw.
Finish off the veggie ensemble with a half-cup of broccoli or alfalfa sprouts.
They take a bit to get used to. But they’re delicious once you develop a taste for them.
3. Add Some Extras To Make It ‘Pop’
Next, grab half of an avocado, slice it up, and sprinkle a bit of sea salt on top of it. Add some freshly ground black pepper to the whole thing, and consider adding some crushed red pepper if you want a little ‘kick’ to it.
You can also add some salad dressing; but try to go for something that isn’t packed with sugar.
Want to kick it into spicy high-gear? Instead of dressing (or even on top of it), consider adding Sriracha Sauce. Believe it or not, it contains zero calories… and yet, it’s filled with delicious (and spicy) flavors.
Starting off your day with a healthy, balanced breakfast doesn’t have to break the bank (or disappoint your taste buds).
The truth is that these foods are not only good… but also good for you.
And they’ll keep you fueled-up and ready to go for a successful, productive day.