Three easy breakfast swaps to take your most important meal of the day from regrettable to unforgettable.
It’s the first thing in the morning. It’s hard to even put on pants before your first cup of coffee, let alone make a healthy dietary decision. Depending on the night you’ve had before, you might be tempted to reach for something easy and not so healthy. Here are delicious alternatives to the most crave‐worthy breakfast foods:
The Swap: Instead of having a traditional western omelet with a side of toast, make baked avocado eggs. Not only will you start your day with a heavy hit of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids, but you’ll avoid the oil and gluten that come with a traditional egg breakfast. Filled with fiber, nutrients and filling “good” fat (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats), this breakfast will keep you satiated all morning long.
Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut a ripe avocado in half and scoop out a bit more from the pit area. Crack an egg (yolk first) into each of the hollowed-out scoops. Bake for 15 minutes and top with your choice of chili flakes, chives, hot sauce or salsa.
Chocolate Coffee Smoothie
The Swap: Let’s face facts, Frappuccino’s and blended coffee drinks are amazing. However, most contain more than an entire day’s recommended amount of sugar. Try making your own nutritious version instead. This recipe tastes great and has the protein, nutrients, fat and fiber your body needs…and the caffeine you need.
Directions: Combine one cup of almond/soy/dairy milk with one scoop of your fave protein powder in blender. Add one frozen banana, one tablespoon of cocoa powder, and some fresh espresso or instant coffee. Add a few ice cubes and blend to desired consistency. Top with coconut, hemp seeds or any of your favourite superfoods for an extra nutrient boost.
The Swap: Reaching for cereal in the morning can be delicious, especially when chocolate peanut butter cereal exists. But even the healthiest brands of cereals contain added sugar and sometimes are nutrient deficient. Instead, have a smoothie bowl. The mix of fruit, nuts and milk will still taste great. The toppings give you the crunch and fiber you might be craving from that cereal. Plus, you’ll get a good mix of antioxidants, fiber and protein to have an energetic morning.
Directions: Blend one cup frozen berries, a frozen banana, a splash of any type of milk or water, and nut butter until smooth. Top with whatever you have on hand such as sliced fresh fruit, seeds, nuts, granola and coconut. Enjoy with a spoon.