I realize I'm bouncing all over the place on my blog... from topic to topic... to completely different topic! Just try and keep up with me!
Today's post will explain what I eat for breakfast. Let me tell you... it's delicious! And satisfying! A win-win! Actually, there’s a third win involved... the fact that my breakfast doesn't create a carb-crash for me come lunchtime; it maintains my flat-line standard. If it didn’t accomplish this, I wouldn't be eating it every day! Read what I mean about striving for flat-line hunger in my blog post entitled 'I banished being ‘Hangry’ forever!'
I need to start by explaining to you that I place a great deal of importance on eating a variety of healthy fats, in addition to protein and even a small/reasonable amount of healthy carbs. For ME...this breakfast fits the bill. It is the right amount of fats/protein/carbs at the right time.
I have already mentioned in other posts (namely ‘Turn your day upside down - In terms of food that is!’) that my husband and I get out of bed around 4. I consume nothing but water until my greens drink at 7 am (Brian waits until 10 am - we each do what works for us). Then I eat this satisfying perfect-for-me small breakfast around 9:00. At 11:30 I eat a small protein-packed lunch (strategic and nutritionally perfect). Afternoon snack consists of a greens drink and an apple and then supper is our big eat-until-we-are-full-and-satisfied meal. It’s a slick, predictable, super-satisfying, not-much-thinking-required pattern that we love.
Back to explaining my day’s second breakfast…
Here is the complete gang of ingredients I use to create my amazing breakfast concoction!
For a long while, I used to make my concoction on Brownberry Oatnut bread as this was a bread that wasn't detrimental to my flat-line hunger maintenance, but I have loved the switch to using rice cakes lately! Regardless of which I choose, I only need half to fill me up. No need to eat more than that if my body says that's all the fuel it needs! Remember, my biggest secret is to fully listen to your body's cues. It always knows best.
Rice cakes provide an awesome clean 'crunch' to each bite. YUM! Using a honey flavored rice cake is awesome, as is making this concoction into a full-blown 'dessert' for later in the day by simply swapping the plain or honey rice cake for the chocolate variety. THAT makes it a delicious never-regrettable-because-my-body-isn’t-angry-with-me-later feel-good dessert-type yummy snack (who is tired of the hyphens!). Just remember to stop eating when your body says it's good and fueled up. ...cuz your taste buds may tell you to keep going (!)
Next up! Three layers of awesomeness. First is chunky peanut butter. I prefer the simplest cleanest (possibly-even-organic) kind I can find. Just go to your local coop like we do, plunge that huge spoon into the THREE gallon bucket of bulk nut butter, fill up a tall container and tell me your senses haven't assaulted you in the best way possible (!) Trust me, it's a fun experience.
The second layer is a thick satisfying layer of almond butter. Mmmmmmmm. Enough said.
Sun butter is a new favorite at our house! It is the third layer of yumminess I pile on my rice cake every morning. There's more added sugar in this than I'd prefer, but it doesn't mess with my flat line hunger, so I roll with it.
Atop it all I sprinkle pumpkin seeds. I discovered that pumpkin seeds are a really wonderful snack. My body loves them and they help 'carry me through' whenever a small snack is necessary. In fact, a go-to snack for Brian and I is to eat a spoonful or two of sun butter mixed with pumpkin seeds. Yummmmmm.
Finally... to wash it all down... some Zest Tea. This tea! Its caffeine content is pretty high so I can't go too crazy, but there are times where it's exactly what I need! We highly recommend it :) and I don't get paid a penny to say that. You can order it here.
There you have it. My delicious, satisfying win-win-win second breakfast. Just know... if you pick the right foods, you can eat less overall. Strive for, 'The most bang for your buck.' This meal provides me with just that.
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