What is a Good Breakfast?
To begin with, a “good” breakfast is any breakfast when we are camping and my husband is making! When we are camping, he is in charge of the breakfasts and I cannot tell you how excited I still get to wake up and chat with him while he makes us breakfast. Thankfully, he is also conscious of making a healthy breakfast.
We all know how important a healthy breakfast is. A healthy breakfast can make you feel energized, provide nourishment to give you a kick-start and provide the fuel needed to start your day!
But what constitutes of a good breakfast? For me, a good breakfast consists of a healthy protein, a healthy fruit and vegetable and a healthy carb.
My “go-to” healthy breakfast protein is 1 cup of egg whites or 1 egg with a 1/2 cup of whites. If I am looking for a meat option, I opt for turkey sausage (something nitrate free and NOT highly processed). Another option for healthy protein is Greek yogurt. Our preference is 2% unsweetened Greek yogurt mixed with fruit. If you enjoy ricotta cheese, this cheese is not only delicious, but it’s also high in protein and can be mixed with scrambled eggs or used as a fruit dip.
Healthy Vegetables, Fruits and Carbohydrates
Vegetables – While all vegetables have health benefits, some have more benefits than others. My favorite vegetable for a healthy breakfast is typically one cup of spinach which I mix with my scrambled eggs. If I am lucky enough to have fresh tomatoes on hand, I will cut up a 1/2 cup to add at the end of the cooking process.
Healthy Carbohydrates – I strive to focus on healthy carbs when eating carbs. When looking at the ingredient list, I look for anything that lists its FIRST ingredient as 100% WHOLE grain, wheat or oatmeal. I love to put my scrambled eggs on my toast -or spread a bit of peanut butter and sliced banana with drizzled honey.
Fruit – I prefer fruits that are high in fiber. My favorites are blackberries and raspberries which I enjoy year-round. In the summer season, fresh peaches, nectarines are a favorite while apples and pears are a fall favorite. Pomegranate seeds are my all-time winter favorite.
Beverage of Choice – I like to start the day with water or unsweetened almond milk with chocolate or vanilla protein powder. My husband enjoys regular black coffee. It’s not to say on occasion I can’t be talked into a morning latte or tea, but typically my day starts with water. Infused water is even better. When we have fresh mint and cucumbers in our garden, I love to add some to my water and have been known to add all sorts of things to my water. Not only does it look pretty, it is also good for me! That’s a win-win in my book!
End Note: One of my favorite healthy breakfast pancake recipe is the Healthy Oatmeal Banana Pancakes drizzled with 100% pure maple syrup.