It has been said that one should “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”.
The way you spend your morning sets the tone for the day. Consuming nutritious food is among the most effective means of getting one’s day off to a positive start.
In this section, we will provide you with some useful information and advice pertaining to nutrition.
You have undoubtedly heard a limitless number of times that breakfast is the most essential meal of the day, and we are going to reiterate it here: breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. You are, in every sense of the word, breaking your fast with this meal. Enjoy this breakfast when you sense you are hungry. This can vary from person to person and doesn’t have to be first thing. Our body’s are smarter than the clock. Be in tune with your needs and your sense of hunger.
Think about the beverage you drink in the morning.
Sipping coffee in the morning is a common habit among many. Even though drinking one cup of coffee in the morning is a good way to boost energy, try drinking a glass of water first. Hydration first thing in the morning will get the day off to a healthy start supporting energy levels, detox that took place overnight and even blood sugar control. When it comes to getting their digestive systems moving in the morning, a lot of people swear by a cup of hot water with a slice of lemon in it, but you do what you like and feel best doing. I often tell clients to anchor their meals and if a meal is desired before lunch, a smoothie is a great idea. And think outside of the box. Some people like to drink smoothies that are made with oats and fresh fruit. For inspiration take a look at the history of Smoothie King.
Embrace the power of protein.
Morning meals should always include some form of protein. This is because while you were sleeping, your muscles may have been deprived of the essential amino acids that they require to function properly. A protein smoothie is a common way for people to obtain their daily dose but be aware of how much fruit and total carbohydrate you add to this meal. A simple rule of thumb for good hormone balance, blood sugar control, and appetite regulation, is to be sure the total grams of protein of a smoothie is higher than the total carbohydrates.
All in all, smoothies are a great meal replacement and method of consuming a lot of nutrition in one meal. If you’d like to reset habits with me each Spring and Fall consider joining my Cleanse with Kel where there is a focus on using smoothies as meals among other nutritious food and nutrition. More information on my program here.