I don’t know about you but lately I feel like nothing stays in my belly in the mornings. Everything from hard-boiled eggs to gluten-free waffles with sunflower butter, an hour and half later I am starving! The older I seem to be getting the more food I seem to be consuming. Which I am not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing yet. Anyone tried boosting your protein in the mornings instead of at lunch or dinner? I’m not talking about a chalky protein shake or filling your plate with bacon and sausage. I mean nutritious protein that will hold you over through your workout, mid morning lull and maybe even push lunch back a little longer if need be.
Here’s the secrets to making what you eat last longer and hold those hunger pangs off so you avoid the midmorning vending machine run. Look for foods that are high in good fats such as avocado or humus, load up on veggies, use good quality grains to make your stomach stay fuller longer. So that means skip the white bread and even wheat (which is only white bread that hasn’t been bleached.) Find breads that use grains like buckwheat, quinoa, barely, and oats. Boost your protein, add a fresh egg to the mix, and use chia, flax, or hemp seeds to your recipes.
The body stores what you consume and uses it as energy as the body needs it. So think about the morning you’re about to go into… have a presentation, a big meeting, need to teach a few classes, want great results for your morning run or workout? Be consciously aware of what you’re putting into your mouth and how it will set you up for the day.
So avoid breakfasts with high sugar contents, white breads like bagels, croissants, and cereals. These raise your blood sugar levels and then tank within an hour or two leaving you starving and looking for more sugar to boost your crash. This will also set your days intentions for the types of foods you seek out, causing the glycemic roller coaster for the day. Instead opt for things like scrambled eggs with a piece of gluten-free toast, ACAI bowls, or avocado toasts. Here is a great recipe for avocado toast and you can double up on the protein by adding an egg and some hemp seeds like I did!
- 1/2 Avocado
- 1 Tbsp shredded carrots
- 2 slices of Gluten-Free bread (toasted if you’d like)
- 1 tsp Hemp seeds
- 4 slices of cucumber
- 4 slices of watermelon or any kind of radish
- Pinch of sea salt and ground pepper
- 1 cooked egg to your liking
- Toast your bread if you’d like or just place it on a plate.
- Cut open the avocado use half to smash and spread across the bread.
- Top with carrots, cucumbers, and radish.
- Top with an egg of your liking.
- Sprinkle hemp seeds, salt and pepper.
Cut and eat with a fork or enjoy as open-faced! Hope you love it as much as I do! This is my go to most mornings for that feel good, fill your belly breakfast! If you try it let us know whatcha think!