You’ll never guess what I ate for breakfast thing morning.
Yep, a salad.
I know I rant and rave about green smoothies and how good they are for you, especially first thing in the morning. But sometimes, you want something other than breakfast for breakfast. And that’s totally okay.
Abandon the Idea of the Traditional Breakfast
Do you eat eggs and toast in the morning because you want to? Or you’re ‘supposed’ to? Breakfast isn’t really about what you’re eating, but rather refueling after a long night’s sleep and the 7-9 hour gap you take from eating called sleep. Your body needs nutrients and energy in the morning to get your metabolism going! And fortunately, your body isn’t that picky about what you put it in so long as it’s healthy.
I have many friends, family members, and clients that don’t eat breakfast, and it simply comes down to the fact that breakfast doesn’t turn them on the way it used to. It’s okay to get sick of yogurt parfaits and cereal or bacon and eggs! Sometimes, switching up your food choices is all you need to bust through a plateau or adopt a new healthy habit.
Nontraditional But Healthy Breakfast Ideas
Not sure what to eat for breakfast? Try any of these healthy breakfast ideas/alternatives:
- Sandwiches—load your favorite whole grain/sprouted grain bread with lean cuts of turkey, ham, and/or roast beef. Ditch the iceberg lettuce in favor of antioxidant-rich veggies like spinach, carrots, avocados, tomatoes, etc. Sandwiches are usually categorized as a lunch food, but you can definitely make them a protein-packed healthy breakfast idea to start your day.
- Egg Salad—Are you sick of eating omelettes or scrambled eggs every morning? Try making yourself a giant bowl of egg salad. As long as you don’t go crazy with the mayo (you can even substitute with Greek yogurt or avocado), this is another protein packed way to start your day. Don’t be afraid to try tuna or chicken salad as well!
- Baked Sweet Potatoes—Potatoes are an underrated form of carbs, especially in the morning. I love a baked sweet potato with a dollop of almond butter and a handful of dried fruit in the morning for a sweet, fiber-rich breakfast that fuels an intense weight-lifting session at the gym. Remember that carbs in the morning affect everyone differently, so experiment with how this meal makes you feel and use your best judgement.
- Brown Rice ‘Oatmeal’—Out of all the carbs out there, rice is probably one of my favorites. It’s filling, and just about everyone can handle it regardless of their food allergies or intolerances. Heat up leftover brown rice from the night before with a little milk/milk substitute and some dried fruit for a satisfying, whole-grain breakfast.
- Salad—Yes, you CAN eat salad for breakfast. Think of it this way: if you’ve already hopped on the green smoothie bandwagon, eating salad for breakfast is basically the same thing. Most people don’t get nearly enough leafy greens in their diets. Starting the day off right with a bowl of green goddess goodness might be just what you need to start your day full of energy, not to mention make your skin glow!
Breakfast doesn’t have to be boring! For more healthy breakfast ideas and other meal ideas, check out this fantastic list I’ve made of healthy and fast meals that literally take minutes to make. Also check out my 5 ways to have a better breakfast! What are some of your favorite healthy breakfast ideas?!