Something I’m probably going to be talking about a lot more here is the strategy behind building a healthy meal, rather than just one-off recipes for you to piece together for a healthy diet. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still be posting recipes aplenty, but…
This technique is what I use to ensure I get a balanced start to the day. What qualifies it as “balanced”?
- I need some protein to start the day, even if it’s just one perfectly cooked egg with the yolk still gooey. Pastured eggs also have the double benefit of contributing a dose of omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. Another fantastic option is smoked, canned or freshly-cooked salmon, although be conscious of your seafood sourcing.
- I love to pair my protein with carbs to kick-start energy levels, and sweet potatoes are a perennial favorite of mine. Wrap a small one in a damp paper towel and cook on high in the microwave for 5-8 minutes, then unwrap and slice lengthwise.
- Add leafy greens for texture/color to please the eye and fiber/vitamins to please the digestive system.
- Avocados, sliced or mashed to your preference only need a sprinkle of salt and perhaps the addition of sesame seeds or dukkah to make them a delicious and nutritious additional to a balanced breakfast.
- Last but not least, I love to add a “wildcard”. This could be berries, melon or tomatoes, nuts, or an additional vegetable that’s beautifully in-season. Tender green sprouts, edible flowers, roasted beets, radishes, sauerkraut.
These are my building blocks for balanced breakfast prep. If you need specifics, see the recipe below. In either case, I hope you enjoy a balanced breakfast at the earliest opportunity!
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 egg
- 1 small sweet potato, roasted as described above and halved
- Handful of arugula or other salad greens
- Handful of cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 avocado
- Melt the coconut oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Crack the egg into the skillet and cook, flipping once, to your preference.
- While the egg cooks, toss the arugula with salad dressing (I use Tessemae's) and arrange on a plate. Add the half a sweet potato, egg, and tomatoes (sliced if desired).
- Slice an avocado in half lengthwise, remove the pit, and peel off the skin. Slice widthwise, sprinkle with sesame seeds (if desired).
- Sprinkle the breakfast with coarse flake salt, and enjoy.