Over at the Year of You – we’re doing a real food breakfast challenge! For 5 days, over 70 woman will be swapping out their traditional breakfast for healthier, whole food options. I’ll be blogging and logging my breakfasts along with everyone else.
I was the english muffin and peanut butter queen for years. And I’m not talking about the REAL peanut butter, I’m talking loaded-with-sugar-Skippy or even-more-loaded-with- sugar-low-fat-peanut butter.
At the time, I thought I was being very healthy. After all, I read food labels and grabbed foods that were advertised as ‘low-fat’ or ‘a good source of protein’ and I was using sweet & low or non-dairy creamer instead of sugar in my medium, artificially-flavored french vanilla iced coffee. Mmmm.
I don’t blame myself though, I really don’t. I trusted that those big brands were telling me the truth. I just didn’t realize I was getting only a teeny, tiny piece of the truth.
Here’s the truth I want you to know: marketing labels are designed to trick you into thinking you’re buying healthy food. Those big brands are smart, savvy and they want you money and your trust. Plus, labels aren’t regulated as much as you think they are. What does ‘a good source of protein’ really mean? According to who, exactly?
As I went through my health coach training and began to learn more and more about how to eat healthy, the biggest misconception I was under was that eating real food was harder and took longer to prepare. The truth is, I’m usually preparing breakfast while simultaneously sweeping the floor and wiping away tears from one of the girls. Trust me, if I can do it- you can too.
So, what am I eating for breakfast these days? I’m going to give you a preview. Everyday, I’ll be making a quick & easy breakfast made with real food and posting the recipe right here.
Today’s breakfast (pictured above) is a favorite of mine. It’s less like a recipe and more like a mix of anything I can find. Today this is what mine looked like:
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- 1 pear, chopped
- handful of raisins
- handful of whole pecans
- handful of whole walnuts
- spoonful of shredded coconut
- spoonful of chia seeds
- spoonful of ground flax seed
Mix together in a bowl and enjoy. Sometimes I add in some plain whole-milk yogurt to make it a bit more filling. Easy as pie (no, actually much, much easier) and it holds me until lunch!
What did you have? Snap a picture and share it over here!