Monday, April 25, 2011
Power Breakfast & Morning Activity
Let's talk a little about the morning. Many people I counsel say they just can't eat first thing in the morning, and that is fine. However, you must know that whatever you do or do not put in your body first thing in the morning will effect the rest of your day. Your body is running on empty when you wake up so it's really important to eat something, even something little like some fruit, to give you the fuel to use throughout your morning.
For those who like to exercise first thing, I always advise to have a little quick burning carbohydrate first thing - this morning I had about 1/2 to 1 cup of applesauce. Your body will break this down in about 20 to 30 minutes and use it for energy, so brush your teeth, put your exercise clothes on and check your email - then go for your run or activity. It's light enough that you won't get cramps but will help you accomplish your goal by giving you some calories to work with.
Next I came home and made my power breakfast. Leafy greens in the AM is a great way to start your day - packed with nutrients. This breakfast includes a good source of protein from the eggs and some key energizing carbs. This 10 minute breakfast fix will keep you full until lunch - but feel free to tuck a little morning snack in there if you need it like yogurt, fruit or nuts.
2 collard leaves,
fresh, local tomatoes
whole grain bread
1. Warm a little olive oil and garlic in a small pan. Then add a couple leafy green leaves (collards or swiss chard) and some chopped mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes.
2. Add one egg and two egg whites (throw another egg in there for the men), some freshly ground black pepper and a dash of cayenne.
3. Cook it all up for about 5 minutes. Put on your plate and top with a little cheese if desired - I used a chipotle goat's cheese this morning.
4. Serve with some fresh tomatoes (choose Elmira tomatoes available at Martin's Family Fruit farm or Vincenzo's), toasty bread and a glass of water, juice or soy milk. Delicious & complete!
Much love & good eating,