How health coaches fuel for the morning
Updated: Sep 17, 2018
"What do you usually eat for breakfast?".
I get asked this all of time, particularly because I don't eat gluten.
It's like there's nothing else to eat in the morning apart from bread, muffins, croissants and pastries. The answer is, it's different day to day. One thing I hate, is eating the same #breakfast everyday. As a kid, I grew up eating two slices of toast with a cup of milky Indian tea. Every. Single. Day. I would dip my toast in my tea while mindlessly watching TV (usually The Parent Trap which I loved).
My mornings now couldn't be more different. I love variety and believe breakfast is a great opportunity to get a good portion of your fruit and veggies in you. Usually I will eat some form of protein in the morning, eggs, tofu, lentils and there's almost always a salad or veggies of some sort with that. I'm definitely more of a savoury girl and NEVER start my day with anything sweet.
“As a child, I grew up eating two slices of toast with a cup of milky Indian tea. Every. Single. Day.”
If I'm in rush, I will make some overnight oats or chia seed pudding the night before and sprinkle with berries, seed, and nuts. Other days I will make a smoothie with greens and some berries and sometimes add a avocado to make a smoothie bowl. Ideally I like my breakfast to last me the whole morning and keep my glucose levels steady.
Bread doesn't really feature in our breakfast menu, unless it's made from sprouted grains or a whole wheat sour dough which my kids love.
Meal prep and planning
The most important thing I do that helps me stay on track with healthy meals overall and not just breakfast, is meal preparation or planning. Whether is washing a week's worth of spinach leaves, chopping up vegetables or cutting up fruit, there's always something I can grab from the fridge and add to something else to make up a meal.
Unlike the hardcore meal prep gurus out there, I don't have a dedicated day at the weekend to get this all done. But instead, I do it whenever I'm in the kitchen waiting for something to cook or have an extra 15 minutes or so to spare. It makes the world of difference and means that I'm eating something fresh and homemade that is thrown together in less than ten minutes!
Key takeaways - mix it up and choose variety, get your veggies in first thing and meal prep and plan every single week!