Life keeps you busy, but don't forget about taking care of you. We have all heard that "breakfast is the most important meal of the day". But why? The most obvious reasoning is that you body has not had any nutrition since you went to sleep, which is generally the longest period of time your body will "fast" during any 24 hour period. However, there is more to it than that.
Does your car start when there is no fuel or energy source? Probably not. Think of your body the same way. Your body is not set to perform without "fuel" or food. Eating breakfast will make a big difference in how your body will metabolize glucose levels all day long. Your glucose level rises every time you eat, and your pancreas produces insulin to carry the glucose into your cells, where it’s used for energy. Research is finding that keeping glucose and insulin in the right balance has important effects on metabolism and health.
Try having breakfast within an hour of waking up. This can seem like "even more I have to do before I get out the door" in the morning, but you will notice an increase in energy and alertness.
If I am in a pinch on time, I go the smoothie route. This recipe is my go to.
Smack Your Morning Smoothie - BodyNista Original
Chocolate Protein Powder - I use 20g protein powder
Spinach - handful, be generous, it's good for you!
Lentils (plain and cooked) - approx 1/4 - 1/2 cup. I use lentils to bring my smoothie to 30 grams and they thicken up a smoothie nicely. I keep cooked lentils in the fridge for smoothies - plan ahead.
Almond Milk - approx 1/2 cup
Water - approx 1/2 cup
Flax Seed - 1 tblsp
Chia Seed - 1 tblsp
Ice Cubes - 3 or 4
Blend it all together and you have a powerful breakfast you can drink before leaving or during your commute. What is your favorite smoothie recipe?
Khyrunnessa Rabbani - I am perfectly imperfect! Passionate believer if you love your body and yourself and the rest will fall into place.