WHAT DO NUTRITIONISTS EAT FOR BREAKFAST?

WHAT DO NUTRITIONISTS EAT FOR BREAKFAST?

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Breakfast-350x122Many health experts say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it can be hard to organize. For most of us, mornings are rushed. And breakfast can be boring, whether you rely on the old standby of bacon and eggs or opt for a quicker bowl of cereal.

Recently a group of nutritionists weighed in, offering their own suggestions for easy, healthy and delicious breakfast meals. Here are some of their ideas:

Matcha Latte

“I look for satiating breakfast options that fit into my busy schedule,” says holistic health coach Elissa Goodman. “One of my favorite weekday breakfasts is a ‘meal replacing’ matcha latte. I use the same principle as bulletproof coffee (adding grass-fed butter), yet I make it with antioxidant-rich matcha green tea instead of coffee. I add Bulletproof MCT oil (or coconut oil) for healthy fat and satiation. Matcha energizes without the coffee ‘crash,’ and the coconut provides brain fuel for a productive day!”

Blueberry Smoothie

Robin Berzin, who is a physician and health coach specializing in women’s health, says, “During the week, I always start my day with a smoothie that is packed with wild organic blueberries, unsweetened coconut milk, and my parsley vegan protein powder. It keeps me full until lunchtime!”

Salmon or Chicken with Veggies

“Most mornings, I don’t even have time to scramble an egg,” explains Dr. Kellyann Petrucci, a naturopathic physician and certified nutrition consultant. “That’s why I’m a big fan of eating ‘dinner for breakfast’ on weekdays. I’ll cook an extra piece of salmon or chicken and lots of extra veggies at night, warm everything quickly on the stove the next morning, and enjoy my leftovers with a cup of bone broth. Stews, chili, and soups make a great breakfast, too. And I occasionally do a ‘mini-fast’ and skip everything but the bone broth, because it’s a myth that you need to eat breakfast every morning.”

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Fixings

Author Bonnie Taub-Diz, R.D.N., who is also owner of BetterThanDieting.com, enjoys a bowl of hot oatmeal.She prefers mixing steel-cut and old-fashion oats. “Here’s what I mix in: a swirl of almond butter, ¼ thinly sliced fresh apple, a teaspoon of chia seeds, a sprinkle of cinnamon or cocoa. The almond butter and chia seeds stabilize blood-sugar levels, boost protein, and add healthy fat to keep me feeling satisfied till lunch.”

Green Smoothie

Lately, Rachel Meltzer Warren, MS, RDN, and author of The Smart Girl’s Guide To Going Vegetarian and blog, has been focusing on smoothies. “Here’s my favorite recipe: frozen banana, almond or coconut milk, tahini, one date or dried fig, handful of kale or spinach, and cinnamon. It’s sweet and soothing, and the greens give it an extra kick that just works — and I love starting the day with one serving of leafy greens already down!”

Greek Yogurt with Granola

“I like buying individual containers of Greek yogurt — the light 80- or 100-calorie portions,” offers Emily Hein, RDN and author of the blog Zen & Spice Nutrition. “I add a scoop of granola, chopped almonds, and freshly sliced strawberries. I’ll mix it all up at home and eat it on the way to work. During the week it’s hard for me to sit down and eat breakfast, so this on-the-go option works great!”

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