3 Hormone-Balancing, Metabolism Boosting Breakfasts
Breakfast is such an important meal of the day for hormonal balance. While intermittent fasting is all the rage these days, the science shows that it isn't the best for nourishing the adrenals and keeping our thyroid humming.
Proper preparation is critical for those busy mornings when we don't have the time to create a culinary feast for our first meal of the day. Plus, when we prepare breakfast ingredients ahead of time, we have more spaciousness in our morning hours for meditation and movement - my two favorite ways to greet the new day and create the canvas for a day well lived!
To balance hormones effectively, include protein in your meal with a generous serving of vegetables. You can even eat dinner leftovers for breakfast! I'll be honest, one of my favorite breakfasts is leftover Thai Chicken Curry with a generous serving of vegetables thrown in there for good measure.
Here are three breakfast ideas that I return to time and time again:
1) Vegetable and egg scramble with kale or super greens and black beans
So, one day a week I like to chop up a huge bowl of vegetables for easy egg scrambles, quick salads, and dinner sautes. Today I chopped up about 6 small zucchinis, 2 organic red bell peppers, 2 organic yellow bell peppers, 1 very large red onion, and about 3 cups of mushrooms and tossed it all together in a large steel bowl with an airtight lid. Use any non-starchy vegetables that are fresh, local and in season!
I also washed and drained two cans of organic BPA free canned black beans and put them in an airtight glass Tupperware. If beans don't thrill you, you can cook yams or red potatoes ahead of time as well. All of these include healthy complex carbohydrates to optimize your energy.
I also always keep 1 large container of organic supergreens, kale, or spinach in the fridge for the week.
For a quick and well rounded scramble saute the vegetables in about a tbsp of pastured butter, ghee, or olive oil until vivid in color and al dente. Add a handful of your greens and wait for those to wilt slightly. Add 2 eggs and sprinkle with sea salt, herbs, and pepper. Add in the black beans to warm. And Boom- Breakfast! Top with some fresh herbed goat cheese for creamy goodness.
2) Breakfast salad
Ok, this sounds a little funny, but I promise you it is so delicious and satisfying. I make a batch of hard-boiled eggs in the beginning of the week for quick breakfasts and snacks.
Perfect hard-boiled eggs:
Place about 6-8 eggs in a stainless steel saucepan and add enough cold water so that it tops the eggs by an inch. Turn the heat on medium and heat til a boil develops. Cover and remove from the heat. Let sit for 12 minutes and then place the eggs in ice water or in a colander under cool running water.
Breakfast Salad Recipe:
- Chop up 1-2 hard-boiled eggs
- Chop up 1/2 avocado
- Halved cherry tomatoes
- A handful of chopped fresh arugula
- A drizzle of Extra virgin olive oil
- A sprinkle of sea salt and pepper
3) Summer Smoothie
I usually only have smoothies in warmer weather since they are thought to be too cooling for the body in the colder months by traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic wisdom.
- 1- 1.5 cups unsweetened vanilla almond, coconut milk, or water
- 1 serving fruit: 1 cup frozen berries, 1 banana, 1 apple, 1 mango, 2 kiwi
- ¼ cup hempseeds, 1-2 scoops hypoallergenic rice protein powder, or ¼ cup almonds soaked overnight
- Choice of Green: ½ cucumber, 2 stalks celery, large handful greens (or add two of the above for even more green-goodness)
- 2 tbsp freshly ground flaxseed (use a coffee or spice grinder)
- Extras: 1 tsp maca powder for energy
I hope you enjoy! I'd love to hear what your go to breakfasts are for the week!