Power Up with Breakfast

It breaks my heart when people tell me they skip breakfast because for me, I couldn’t go without it! Having a hearty breakfast can give you a great start to the day with a mindful moment. Research on breakfast shows that it kickstarts the metabolism after fasting overnight and helps with concentration throughout the day.

As far as breakfast options go, there are so many and they are very versatile. Of course we have staple breakfast items like cereal, oatmeal, bagels, eggs, bacon and pancakes. But what’s most important is that we are eating a balanced breakfast. Eating a carbohydrate heavy breakfast can leave us feeling hungry for a midmorning snack. It’s best to fuel up with a balanced plate/bowl incorporating healthy fats, protein, and carbohydrates.

Often times, we hear that people’s main reason for skipping breakfast is just due to a lack of time. Meal prepping will be the best option to overcome this obstacle. Here are some healthy and well-balanced breakfast options for those of us on the go and those of us who like to take out time in the mornings.

  • Avocado Toast – You’ve probably seen this one all over you favorite foodie blogger’s Instagram page but think about topping it with some kimchi (full of probiotics) or hemp seeds. Add a hardboiled egg on the side as a complete protein source. Happy gut, happy life!
  • Overnight Oats – This is a great option for “on the go” individuals. The general concept is storing oats with your favorite dairy/nondairy milk overnight. The opportunities for mix ins are endless – bananas, cocoa powder, apples, pumpkin, honey, strawberries, chia seeds, and more! Include nuts like walnuts for a source of healthy fats to balance out the meal.
  • Whole Wheat Egg Burrito or Muffin – Take your pick. Whichever you decide, this is a great option to make a batch beforehand, freeze, and reheat throughout the week. Consider adding some vegetables to increase fiber and a side of fruit to enjoy alongside this quick dish.

What do you enjoy eating for breakfast?

Meet the Author

Anna Veselovsky

Anna Veselovsky

Anna Veselovsky is an MBA Candidate and Dietetic Intern at Dominican University inRiver Forest, IL. She is a graduate of Boston University where she received her Bachelors in Nutritional Sciences and was a part of the Division I Varsity Swim Team. Anna is currently interning at Kellogg’s Specialty Channels in Elmhurst, IL as a Marketing Communications Intern. She also works for a data research and insights company, SPINS, here in Chicago. Anna believes that sustainability starts at the local level and recently had the opportunity to visit several urban farms in Chicago.
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