As a holistic nutritionist, I see many clients who have a blood sugar imbalance. This can lead to all sorts of health problems, but the most common one I see in clinic is fatigue. If you want stable energy levels throughout the day then it’s time to consider how you kick-start your day. Stabilizing blood sugar levels also helps with weight management and can prevent cravings, the next two common health problems I see in clinic.
Food is fuel, remember that! The food you choose to eat will either nourish your body and give you lasting energy, or deplete your body and cause all sorts of health problems. Starting your day with a nutrient-rich meal which contains one protein source, one healthy fat source, and some complex carbohydrates lays the foundation for balanced blood sugar throughout your day.
The good news is that this doesn’t have to take more than a few minutes, and often can be made in advance for a “grab-and-go” breakfast that is nutritionally superior to traditional breakfast which are processed and high in sugar, such as traditional cereals with milk and fruit, toast with margarine and jam, or a bowl of fruit with fruit flavoured yoghurt.
Here are five of my favourite breakfasts which help to balance blood sugar levels and leave me feeling good and energized for the day:
1) Eggs, any style – try out my super green omelette
Eggs are so versatile, they are high in protein and can be enjoyed boiled, poached, fried in coconut oil or scrambled with tomato, mushrooms, spinach enjoyed alongside avocado or with gluten-free or sourdough bread.
2) Porridge – overnight oats, buckwheat porridge, millet porridge
Short of time in the morning? Try out my overnight oats which I make for my husband and I throughout these cooler months. I make them at night and if I don’t have time to cook them in the morning I enjoy them as a bircher with sliced fruit on top. The buckwheat and millet porridge will need to be heated on the stove, if you soak them overinight they will only need to be cooked for roughly 5 minutes.
3) Yoghurt Breakfast Bowl
This bowl is delicious and can be thrown together in a matter of minutes, its high in healthy fats, protein, and fibre. Enjoy it with any fruit you like, and feel free to mix up the nuts and seeds too.
4) Protein Smoothie – try out my go-to breakfast smoothie
Protein smoothies are one of the most nutrient dense breakfasts that you can make, if made correctly (check out 3 ways you’re accidently making your smoothie less healthy). Use a good quality protein powder, I use NUZEST (use my discount code NBRADY to get 15% off their products). Simply through together 1-2 fruits, 1-2 handfuls of leafy greens, 1 healthy fat source such as nut butter/flaxseed oil/coconut oil one serving protein powder and water or milk of choice (I like coconut or almond milk) and you’ve got yourself one balanced ridiculously healthy breakfast in 3 minutes!
5) Chia seed pudding
The perfect make-ahead option for anyone short on time in the morning. All you need is chia seeds, coconut or almond milk, a handful of chopped nuts/seeds, mix it together overnight and top with fruit and/or a nut butter or coconut/greek yoghurt.
If you constantly feel fatigue, struggle shifting weight, have frequent cravings you can’t beat there might be more to the story and an underlying cause as to why this is happening. If you would like to explore this and find out why please get in touch with me today, simply give me a call 0211264274, send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me via my contact page.