Breakfast Basics

I’m a bit of a clean freak (in case you didn’t know ūüėČ ), so I took full advantage of Pesach being the¬†perfect excuse for a thorough spring cleaning. All the food on my shelf was either used or given away, and happily too. Let’s just say I was rather creative with meals that week‚Ķ I had to use up bits of ingredients that definitely¬†weren’t meant to go together, and, to put it nicely, some combinations were more delicious than others.

The end result: an empty fridge and (almost) empty cabinet (well, besides for a few spices and other stuff).

Naturally, as a¬†“clean freak” there’s nothing I love more than starting fresh. Any opportunity that involves a blank slate makes my mind smile (except if it’s writer’s block. That’s not really fun for anyone). Certain possibilities¬†can only come out of¬†nothingness; often germinating new¬†ideas¬†can be difficult¬†if¬†a foundation is already in place. There’s something nice about empty refrigerators.

On the other hand, coming home to¬†no food was hungry to say the least. After more than twelve¬†hours of travel time, I would have been very happy to return¬†to a fully stocked fridge and eat some fresh produce, but what makes one¬†happy isn’t always realistic.

After going out to dinner with some friends that night, I set out to buy some groceries. With TVA internships starting that next week, I figured that breakfast would be the meal for me to focus on, being that I would need to be energized for work which would last through the morning.

Plus, they don’t call breakfast the most important meal for no reason.
Breakfast sets the tone of your day in the best way. Unhealthy morning snacking can usually be avoided if you have a balanced breakfast,¬†and it’s a good way to make sure you get the daily requirement of vitamins and minerals. People who skip breakfast often lack energy and have trouble focusing in class. Why should you compromise your morning performance when all can be solved by dedicating a few minutes to a morning meal?
I would be interning with a dietician, so skipping breakfast definitely would not fly.

When deciding what to eat for breakfast try to be smart about it. Unsweetened cereal, fruit, vegetables, rice cakes, yogurt (Dannon Pro is the best one I’ve found in Israel), eggs, techina, and nut butters¬†are some¬†great foods to incorporate. Try to avoid anything that has a lot of processed white sugar. Although you will get an initial burst of energy from Shoco¬†basakit, ¬†your sugar high will culminate in a sugar crash, making it even harder to focus. Keep breakfast easy, simple and light. You don’t want to go into your day feeling gross. Mornings are hard enough as¬†they are.

Here are some easy, balanced breakfast ideas to get your day off to an energized start!

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English Breakfast Tea with Brown Rice Cakes, Peanut Butter and Granola
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Israeli Style Breakfast РSalad with romaine lettuce, peppers, cucumbers, carrots black olives, feta cheese and parsley. Topped with sea salt and lemon. Pictured next to the salad is an almond flour based cookie rolled in coconut.
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Homemade Healthy Pancakes with Almond Flour, Banana, Egg, and Dried Coconut
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Homemade Healthy Pancakes with Almond Flour, Banana, Egg, and Dried Coconut

Citation

John Hopkins School of Public Health. “Breakfast.”¬†Jhsph.edu. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2016. <http://www.jhsph.edu/offices-and-services/student-affairs/_documents/Breakfast&gt;.

 

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