Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day. I’m glad because it’s also the most important meal of the day too. A balanced healthy breakfast will give you energy to start your day, improve your mood, enhance memory and focus and even help you maintain your weight by not starving yourself in the morning and then later on in the day eating those calories plus possibly even more calories than you would have eaten at breakfast anyway.
If you just don’t feel hungry for breakfast here’s something I’ve learned that works well for me. Try not to eat a few hours before going to sleep. By doing this you’ll wake up and want to eat breakfast (because your tummy will be yelling at you!), where as if you chow down before hitting the hay you may wake up still full from the night before and not feel the need to eat breakfast.
I enjoy breakfast every morning and know that I’m doing my body a favor by feeding it healthy, clean, flavorful foods.
Here are two recent pumpkin-y breakfasts I enjoyed that were fairly quick, delicious and had great staying power.
On the stove top in a small pan over medium heat add 1/2 cup of rolled oats, 1 cup of water and a pinch of sea salt. Bring to a soft boil, stir ever so often, and cook until a thick consistency (about 7-8 minutes). Add 1 TBSP wheat germ and 1/3 cup pumpkin puree. Stir to combine and heat through. Pour into a bowl and top with a spoon full of almond butter and 2 TBSP homemade granola (homemade so I know what went into the granola). Enjoy!
In a shallow bowl (large enough to dip bread in) add 2 egg whites, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 TBSP cinnamon, 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice and a splash of your favorite milk or non dairy substitute. Beat with a fork until thoroughly combined.
Heat your skillet on medium heat. Coat the skillet with olive oil spray. Dip both sides of a whole grain bread slice(I enjoy Dave’s Killer Good Seed Bread) in your egg mixture and place it on the hot skillet. Right away sprinkle the side facing up with 1 TBSP of the pumpkin seeds. Repeat with a second slice of bread. After about 4 minutes, carefully flip your pieces of bread over. Cook the second side with the pumpkin seeds for about 1 ½ to 2 minutes. The seeds toast very quickly so don’t cook it for too long.
What’s your favorite breakfast?
Continuing on with the stability ball theme for the move of the day I’ve got the plank to pike for you to try out. This move is wonderful and focuses on your abs, back and shoulders too.
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