What do you like to eat for breakfast? Do you eat breakfast? Do you stick with coffee and that is it?
I have been fascinated with the idea of getting 3 square meals a day. (This means a good balance of protein, good fats and some carbs.) You know, when you think about the cultures where the people lived off the land, they didn’t have a ton of time to spend eating. It sometimes strikes me as funny, how often we eat in the American culture, especially with small kids around. Breakfast, morning snack, lunch, snack when the kids wake up from naps, the older kids want snack after school (then of course, the little ones do too!), dinner, after dinner is over “I’m hungry!” “Didn’t you just eat?” Does it ever go this way @ your house?
We’ve come up with a plan to navigate these waters of constant eating. It takes consistency. I will tell you about that plan in a subsequent post. For now, I’d love to share with you what we do for breakfast.
Starting out with a good protein makes a huge difference for us. We usually fix eggs, often cooked in the leftover good fats from dinner the night before (we’ve tried chicken eggs, steak eggs, coconut oil eggs, eggs in butter – all these are delicious)! Sometimes we change up our protein with nut butter on toast with a glass of milk or yummy breakfast sausage from clean pork.*
In addition to our protein, we do at least one other dish. Between the 2 dishes we serve at breakfast, I (as the usual chef) make sure to incorporate some good fat. Our brains need good fats, our nerves need good fats and our guts need good fats.
Our typical 2nd dish at breakfast is a breakfast shake. I make ours with kefir (I looked up kefir to give you a good description and found this: a sour-tasting drink make from cow’s milk fermented with certain bacteria.), frozen fruit (strawberries, cherries, a banana, blueberries, mango, whatever you like) milk (cow or coconut) and sometimes, a little orange juice. You can be as creative as you want.
Other 2nd dish options – gluten-free sourdough toast with lots of pastured butter (we get this kind at our healthfood store: http://samisbakery.com/our-products/breads/millet-sourdough-bread/), soaked oatmeal (made by mixing the oats the night before with some plain yogurt and a little milk, leaving them out overnight and then following the directions in the morning), plain yogurt with granola, and sometimes, for a treat we make pancakes.
My favorite part of breakfast? Feeling like I ate right! I love that feeling!
I would love to hear your favorite part of breakfast!
~ Savvy Food Mama
* GREAT source for clean meats! http://www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok