One question I get asked nearly everyday is ‘What should I eat for breakfast?’
Let me start by first explaining that most people in our society think that breakfast can only be made up of processed foods like cereal, eggs and/or toast. Also to make matters worse the majority of us that eat these foods would naturally think that they are eating a healthy meal and many of us would just skip breakfast completely.
So before I answer the question ‘What should I eat for breakfast?’ let me share with you some FACTS to help reshape the way you think about the word ‘breakfast’……
Did you know?
That according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Japan has the highest life expectancy (avg 82.5) and the lowest cases of obesity (3%) in the developed world?
Why am I telling you this?
Well when you compare this to us Australians having 67% of our population being either overweight or obese, there is clearly a HUGE PROBLEM.
The problem…….. is our understanding of ‘what we should be eating’.
For example Japan have not fallen into the psychological trap that breakfast has to consist of either toast, cereal or bread that we all experience with a western focused diet.
Do you notice how all of these foods are natural and unprocessed?
In my view breakfast is simply just the first meal of day (within 30minutes of waking up) and should consist of anything I would include for the other 5 meals I eat during the day.
That can include what I had for dinner last night or what I am going to have for lunch today.
That’s ‘Weird’ I hear you say…..
I know it might seem weird at first to have a piece of salmon and broccoli first thing in the morning but it is only strange because we have been conditioned for a whole life time into thinking that breakfast must come from either cereal, grains or eggs.
Believe me when I say at first I found this concept very hard to adjust to as well, however overtime I now find myself today waking up hungry and craving sources of clean protein and vegetables for breakfast. Not to mention that since changing my concept of food and also training I have lost well over 20kg’s and feel and look the best I have ever been.
It will take time and commitment but your body will thank you for it in the end, I promise.
To get you started in your new breakfast routine, below is a list of my TOP 3 AWESOME breakfast choices as well as a link as to how to make them:
1. Beef Stir Fry
Besides being one of the easiest and cheapest ways to start eating healthy. It is also filled with the huge nutritional benefits of vegetables and the vital amino acids of beef.
What better way to start an action packed day and to start repairing the imbalances of a nutritional poor diet.
2. Vegetable Omelette
Eggs are a great source of protein and rated as the highest quality of all protein after whey.
Also according to Brisbane cardiologist Dr Karam Kostner, eating eggs can actually lower cholesterol levels because they’re low in saturated fats (source: https://metabolicprecision.com)
Make sure you fill your omelette with loads of colourful and nutritious vegetables (the more colour the better)
3. Tuna & Chickpea, Pumpkin Salad
A great source of protein, omega 3, fibre and rich in vitamins and minerals. The Tuna, Chickpea and Pumpkin salad is easy, fast and convenient to make for those of us that are time poor or just always on the go.
Remember to always have a plan in place and be prepared for each meal. This means cooking in bulk, chopping up vegetables prior to needing them and having exactly the right ingredients available for you to make the meal.
Never fall into the trap of trying to prepare a meal when you should already be eating it 🙂
As the great Benjamin Franklin once said
“Failing to Prepare, you are Preparing to Fail”