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Dear Yoga Student,
One of the most common questions I get from health-seeking yoga students is: “What should I eat for breakfast?”
There’s not one answer to this question (there are dozens of great options) BUT if you’re like most people, you’re not always sure what to eat…
… you want something healthy, fast, and satisfying—but NOT sugary or fattening. Am I right? So what do you eat? To be perfectly honest, breakfast foods have become some of the silliest foods ever.
The trouble all started in 1906 when the Kellogg brothers started feeding cooked, processed corn to people as breakfast food. Remember, corn is what is fed to factory farmed pigs and cows to get them really fat fast. And corn is where high fructose corn syrup comes from.
Here are the facts: While cooked, processed corn or wheat first thing in the morning is fast and convenient, it’s a really poor choice if you’re looking for sustained energy, strength and fitness.
First thing in the morning, your body needs healthy, balanced food just like any other time of the day. The BEST breakfast is real food: leftovers from the night before, soups, salads, whole unprocessed “normal” foods.
What about if you eat out? At restaurants, the best breakfast foods are the foods that are NOT on the breakfast menu. Real whole food meals are great foods to have first thing in the morning.
BUT… I know… you don’t have time. And I know, you’ve been eating breakfast cereals and toast for breakfast your whole life so it might feel strange to eat a plate of steamed spinach, quinoa and tomato at 7 a.m.
And to be fair, there are plenty of times when there simply isn’t enough time to prepare ANYTHING in the morning…
So what do you do?
Loads of people just eat an apple for breakfast or a fruit juice or a smoothie. This is a good snack, but not a balanced meal… you know how it goes, 2 hours later, your blood sugar drops, you’re starving, and then what?
It’s always difficult to balance time and health, so let me tell about my fastest, simplest breakfast I use when I’m traveling or simply in a rush:
- 21 grams of awesome protein, including all the essential amino acids
- 40 grams of fiber-dense, slow release carbs
- 5.5 grams of healthy fats including a big dose of omega-3’s
- A blast of B12 energy
It’s roughly a 340 calorie breakfast that’s extremely well balanced, takes 1 minute to make, and can be taken on the road. NOTE: If you don’t like bananas, go for an apple, a pear, some berries, or chopped vegetables.
This is a heart healthy, low in sugar, high in minerals and fiber breakfast. So that’s the YOGABODY “Breakfast to Go!” and I personally eat this at least 1x per week, and when I’m traveling, I take this pretty much every day because hotel breakfast foods are so blah.
QUESTION: Is it chocolate flavored?
No, it’s naturally unflavored, as I really encourage people NOT to start the day off without chocolate flavorings, sweeteners and other habit-forming add-ins.
I’m sure you’ve had protein powders that were disgusting before, but our is very easy to drink… my young daughter actually requests it. It’s smooth and bland and mixes easily.
QUESTION: I like to drink coffee for the kick but also because it makes me go to the toilet… what now?
Chia seeds are packed with soluble fiber and are great for regulating the bowels. You’ll have a 2-day withdraw from coffee, but after that, a dose of fiber in the morning is the best thing; and Liquid Energy-B delivers a noticeable lift in energy for many students as an added bonus.
QUESTION: Why omega-3’s in the morning?
Omega-3’s are essential fats, meaning you MUST eat them… you body cannot create them. They are anti-inflammatory, great for your brain health, and they satisfy your hunger and help to slowly release the sugars in the fruit.
Overall, as a “fast food” breakfast, this is a really well-balanced option that anyone can use very conveniently and affordably.
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