Don’t Skip Breakfast
The old saying is true, the most important meal of the day is breakfast. By eating a healthy meal first thing in the morning, you start your body’s engine–the metabolism, helping you keep energy high at the most productive time of day. I like to add greens to breakfast giving the body some good nutrition, feeding it what it needs on a cellular level. Here are my two favorite breakfasts that I change up based on how much time I have.
Chunky Monkey Chocolate Smoothie
Breakfast smoothies are an easy way to get something together fast as you run out the door. This one tastes like a chocolate shake and believe me, you will not taste the greens!
Ingredients (in this order for best results):
1 cup of ice (can omit if using a frozen banana)
1 cup almond milk
1 banana, best frozen
2 Tbsp. almond butter
2 Tbsp. chocolate protein powder (I like Trader Joe’s Organic Hemp Protein Powder)
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 dropper full liquid Stevia
1 oTbsp. ground flax seed
Big handful clean spinach or kale leaves
Put all ingredients in your blender in the order listed above for best results.
Whirl away until smooth.
Makes 16 oz of chocolately deliciousness.
Steamed Egg Over Sautéed Greens and Quinoa
I change this up depending on what greens I have. And if I don’t have leftover quinoa, I leave it out although I do like to have cooked quinoa on hand.
1 Tbsp olive oil
½ onion chopped
2 handfuls of chopped kale or spinach or power greens
¼ cup cooked quinoa
salt and pepper to taste
optional: 1 slice gluten free bread toasted
Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet and add the onions, cooking until translucent. Add the greens and sautee until wilted. Add the quinoa, stirring to fry a bit. Crack the egg on top of the mixture, cover and reduce the heat, steaming the egg for about 4 minutes. This is tricky and you’ll need to check on it to make sure you hit that sweet spot where the white is cooked but the yolk is still a bit runny. With a spatula, place all ingredients on the gluten free toast or enjoy on its own.