Did you know September is Better Breakfast Month? With Autumn comes of the change of the season and inevitable changes in routines. Why not also adjust your breakfast habits? First, we’ll dive into some of the myths that are floating around regarding breakfast. Some may actually surprise you! Take note of these breakfast tips, and also make it a point to incorporate them into your morning!
Breakfast myths we’re no longer giving our attention
- Skipping Breakfast can lead to weight loss: Skipping breakfast can actually slow your metabolism. You’re not doing your body any favors by skipping meals — it’s like your body is running on empty. You are also putting yourself in a position to see your weight yo-yo drastically back and forth as a result.
- Eating a late breakfast is okay: As a rule of thumb, you want to eat within the first hour, or at most two, after waking up. You’re setting yourself up for the rest of the day. Your blood sugar levels and cravings later depend on your choices in the first hours. However, be mindful of your body. Do not shove down something unsatisfying to meet this two-hour goal. Instead, “break your fast” intentionally, and note varying work and sleep schedules mean different breakfast hours.
- Starting with coffee or tea is ideal because it helps a person “wake up:” Be careful with this one because the acid in coffee and certain teas can upset your digestive system. If you notice acid reflux or digestive discomfort mid-day, try swapping the morning pick-me-up with a tasty protein/fruit smoothie or healthy fruit/veggie juice.
- To make a healthy breakfast, it involves more prepping and cooking: This is not always true. Try prepping your breakfast the night before, opting for healthy grab-and-go items like yogurt with fresh fruit, or loading a whole grain item with nut butter, avocado or a quickly prepared egg.
- It does not matter what I eat as long as I eat something: What you eat is important because your decision affects your hunger level later. Eating sugar-filled, empty and high calorie foods will only keep you satisfied for a short period of time.
Make sure to do your own research when it comes to silly breakfast claims you hear. Remember, balance is key when it comes to what you’re consuming and when you’re consuming it.
Two Great Breakfast Additions
Even though we hear about the importance of whole grains, Americans still are not getting enough of of this plant food. We still come up short when trying to meet the recommended targets set. The goal is to reach 3 servings per day. Right now, only 11% are meeting this goal. When we think of whole grains, it can be easy to relate them to carbs, but carbs are not the enemy if we are conscious about how we are consuming them. Whole grains help with digestive health and weight control. People who eat more whole grains typically have better blood sugar, lower blood pressure and a lower risk of developing diabetes and heart failure. Make sure you are finding true whole grain products, too. Many multi-grain products remove the bran or germ. To be considered “whole,” the bran, germ, and endosperm need to have the same proportions it did when it grew in the field. If a product is “degerminated” or “pearled,” it is not whole.
Here are some ways to incorporate whole grains:
– Look for whole grain cereals while being cautious of extra sugar
– Rustic whole wheat breads with fiber-rich toppings or eggs
– Try overnight oats
– Quinoa Pancakes; Quinoa is a great whole grain choice!
– Homemade bran muffins – There are so many great recipes out there!
– Whole grain bread and egg casserole. Add in a lean meat of your choice for extra protein. You can make this ahead, too.
– Egg in a hole: Whole wheat toast with a hole cut out. Plop a egg in the middle, cook and it’s done!
Coconut contains a good amount of fiber, and consuming fiber in the morning helps regulate blood sugar. In addition, coconut has high levels of good (HDL) cholesterol which supports the heart. make sure to be on the lookout for overly processed coconut. What we suggest is not buying your coconut from the baking aisle but instead from the organic or nut aisle. As always, check the back of the package for added sugars. Things like coconut milk and water also have their benefits. They have antioxidants that can fight against cell damage. Not to mention, it can be a great substitute milk for those who are dairy-intolerant.
Here are ways to incorporate coconut:
– Overnight oats with coconut milk.
– Use it as a topping in yogurt or on whole grain toast.
– Add it to your low-sugar granola.
– Top your smoothie bowl or use coconut milk or water in your smoothie as a liquid.
– Use coconut MCT Oil to cook any hot breakfast items.
Better Breakfast Products
• Balanced Source of Energy: Eniva Health’s Organic MCT Oil provides energy packed fatty acids for metabolism support.* Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are better metabolism activators than longer chain fatty acids. Our MCT Oil contains high performance C8 (Caprylic Acid) and C10 (Capric Acid) fatty acids, which are bio-ready sources of metabolic energy.*
• Mental Clarity and Focus: MCT Oil may help to maintain a healthy brain and support cognitive function. The brain is predominantly made up of fatty acids, so you need a consistent source of C8 and C10 fatty acids in your diet. A healthy brain can help you to feel your best, think clearly and stay sharp as you age.*
• 100% Organic: Eniva Health’s pure source, premium MCT Oil formula is made in the USA from organic and non-GMO coconuts with no palm oil or fillers. Our MCT Oil is vegan, flavorless, odorless, hexane-free, and is packaged in BPA-free bottles.
• 100% Pure Whey Protein Isolate: 25 grams of protein per serving. No protein blends, no added fillers, gelatin or binders, and no bulking ingredients. Its high purity means it goes to work right away. Plus, we’ve left out nearly all the lactose, carbs, fat and cholesterol. Sugars? Got that covered too – its low glycemic, so it won’t spike your blood sugar. Easy to digest, too!
• Like Nature Intended: Clean and natural. No artificial flavors or colors. No artificial sweeteners. Certified hormone free and antibiotic free, from grass fed cows. Only four ingredients. Plus, it’s not “altered” with a single amino acid to artificially increase the protein content. Cold processed and undenatured, cold-microfiltered & ultrafiltration processed. It’s the most complete protein you can buy, with all 9 amino acids.
• Lean and Strong: 5 grams BCCAs per serving to promote lean muscle mass and energy production. Helps with athletic post-training recovery, muscle stress and fatigue.*
• Flavor is a fruity, sweet cinnamon taste. Add to apple juice, overnight oats or oatmeal.
• A unique, natural fiber powder and herbal supplement that provides for easy, gentle elimination and digestive cleansing.
• Helps support digestive and colon health including liver, gallbladder and intestines function.
• This doctor formulated blend supports blood sugar levels already in a normal range*
Can’t Get Enough Coconut?
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