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Some people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
(please note this article was originally penned by Dr Butler and Dr Brody, Dr Butler is no longer with the clinic and the post has been updated 8/28/17)
There are studies that show metabolism is affected by when we eat as well as what we eat. If we skip breakfast it can make us more likely to have issues with insulin resistance and higher blood sugar which, over time, if you have a disposition, can be a set up for diabetes. It may also make us hungrier later in the day. Typically when people get into this cycle they end up eating more overall, and less healthy food, than people who eat a balanced breakfast. And if we consume a heavier meal at dinner because we skipped breakfast it can prime our bodies for other health concerns. One study also showed disruption of liver metabolism with not eating breakfast. The regular rhythm of your organ function depends on when and what you eat. That said, some people don’t really need to eat breakfast. Everyone’s needs are individual. Get the care you need to know whether you’re someone who really needs to eat breakfast!
These are some of Dr Butler’s recipes (she is no longer working at the clinic) and for a free e.book with over a dozen of Dr. Samantha’s recipes, click HERE:
Eggs and Greens
• 2 eggs (12 grams of protein)
• 3 cups fresh greens (spinach, collard, kale, etc.)
• Ghee or olive oil
• ¼ cup coconut milk
• 1 tsp curry
• 1-2 tsp gluten-free tamari
• Optional: ½ avocado, handful of sunflower seeds
1. Mix coconut milk, curry, and tamari (or coconut aminos if you don’t eat soy) in a bowl and set aside.
2. Heat skillet over medium heat and place ½ tsp ghee to oil pan, break two eggs and let cook till whites are almost done, flip eggs and move to side of pan
3. Add greens and sauce, cover and let steam for 1-2 minutes (to desired consistency of eggs and greens are wilted).
Tip: add ½ an avocado (2 grams of protein) and a handful of sunflower seeds (1/4 cup has 6 grams of protein) to make a heartier meal.
More than Oatmeal
- ½ cup uncooked rolled oats (6 grams protein)
- ¼ cup almonds (6 grams of protein)
- 1 tsp honey
- ¼ cup berries
- ¼ cup unsweetened milk alternative (almond, hemp, coconut, etc.)
Cook oatmeal according to directions, for faster breakfast, make up a few servings Sunday night and heat in the morning in sauce pan adding a little water so oats are not so thick. Mix ingredients into hot oats and enjoy.
Tip: add a hard boiled egg to your breakfast and gain 6 grams of protein to make a hearty meal.
- 2 scoops Nutribiotic Rice Protein (or other hypoallergenic pure protein powder, hemp, pea, etc.) 20 grams of protein
- 1-2 tblspoons ground flax seeds (1-2 grams protein)
- 1-2 tblspoons nut butter (almond, cashew, pumpkin, etc.) (up to 8 grams protein)
- 1. 5 cups Low carb hypoallergenic milk (almond, coconut, hemp, etc.) (up to 9 grams of protein)
- ½ frozen banana (cut bananas and place in ziplock bags, pull out ½ at a time when making smoothie)
- 1/3-1/2 cup frozen organic berries (blue, black, marion, rasp, etc.)
- Water to desired consistency
In a blender combine ingredients except water, when blended add water little at a time until desired consistency is reached, pour into favorite glass and enjoy (consume within a ½ hour, otherwise flaxseeds will thicken smoothie) Tip: you can remove the nut butter if breakfast seems too heavy
Dr. Samantha’s favorite smoothie recipe can be found HERE. 🙂
Dinner for breakfast
Who says breakfast has to consist of the standard fare of donuts and other high carb options? If you had a great dinner, heat it for breakfast ! If that’s the game plan, make extra dinner with breakfast in mind. Prep over the weekend so that breakfast can be fast and simple.
Ideas: Poached salmon on a bed of greens, baked chicken with broccoli and quinoa, deviled eggs with roasted peppers, asparagus, and eggplants.
Take home: you want to shoot for higher protein content instead of carb loading your morning, this helps to maintain your energy and not get the sugar highs and lows!