Your idea of breakfast and my idea of breakfast may be different. When I talk about breakfast making a big difference in your energy levels all day, I’m not talking about what you might think of as breakfast…

  1. Coffee
  2. Muffin, scone or other pastry
  3. Toast or bagel
  4. Boxed cereal, granola, or instant oatmeal
  5. Fruit/fruit salad
  6. 6 oz. of your favorite flavor yogurt
  7. Power Bar

Sure, this is what most people think of and what you see served at coffee shops, hotels, breakfast meetings and homes. But that is not what I am talking about when I talk about breakfast.

In fact, you may be eating these popular breakfasts and still crash mid-morning or mid-afternoon and think breakfast won’t make a difference for you.

But, you see these are all missing one important ingredient.

Protein.

Not just protein, actually, but high quality protein, in the right amounts.  That’s what you need to keep your blood sugar, cortisol and the rest of your hormones in balance.

And so immediately, you might think of eggs. And they are great but not the only way to get high quality protein in the morning.

Curious? Then I invite you to join my Breakfast Challenge  and see for yourself what I mean by ‘breakfast’ and how a real balanced breakfast will make a HUGE impact on how you feel ALL DAY.

I’ll share a story in a few days.

In the meantime, here are 4 quick ways you can pump up the protein in your breakfasts to make them a little more balanced.

1.  Chia, flax or hemp seeds.

You’ll need more than a sprinkle to get close to getting 3oz or so that you need. So, add at least 2 tbsp. These are really yummy on top of granola or oatmeal.

2. Nuts, seeds and their butters.

Again, you’ll need at least 2 tbsp. Spread it on any your toast, bagel or pastries. Try different nut butters to keep it interesting. Each nut and seed has different vitamins and minerals.  Give your body some variety. Sunflower seed or pumpkin seed butters are new ones to try.

3. Whey powder.

Make a quick protein smoothie and have it with the muffin. Here’s a fall favorite to try. You can also add 1-2 tbsp. into your oatmeal just before you eat it.

4.  Spirulina

This blue-green algae packs a lot of protein in a small amount. It’s nice also because it brings in the element of a green. Sprinkle it on your oatmeal, blend it into your cream cheese and spread it on a bagel or make this Perfect Breakfast Smoothie.  You’ll probably want to start with less than 1 tsp…but see if you can work up to 1 tbsp.   The flavor is good but it can take some time to get used to.

Don’t forget to register for my Breakfast Challenge to get even more tips.  It’s online and it’s free. It’s going to be fun and a great way to give yourself a little self-care hug.

Xx,

Maria

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