What Are You Eating for Breakfast?
I always get questions from people wondering what I eat, what supplements I take, how I exercise, etc. It makes me think, “What would my colleagues say?”
I’m honored to call some of the world’s leading Naturopathic Physicians, friends and colleagues. I thought I would tap into their personal lives and find out exactly how they are taking care of themselves and their families.
Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day and, in general, people have a hard time with breakfast options, I asked my wonderful colleagues…
I actually opt for fasting many mornings. Yes, the cardinal rule, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, may be true for some, but not for all. I find my energy and concentration are better when I skip breakfast a few days per week, particularly days when I work out first thing in the morning. When I do eat breakfast, I opt for protein only. It’s what works for me. Too many carbs make me crash later. The protein may come in the form of collagen, either adding collagen peptides to my tea or using a collagen based protein powder. I alternate it with our nonGMO pea-based protein powder from our Cleanse program, MetaMeal Pro. This is what works for me… simple and quick 🙂
You’ll see below, there are a lot of great ways to start the day. Find the one that works for you. I recommend you track your Metabolic C.H.A.R.G.E. as you’re trying new breakfasts or even skipping them. Pay attention to your Cravings, Hunger, Attitude, Rest (Sleep), Gut, Energy throughout the day and week. Start to identify what, if and how your CHARGE changes for better or for worse.
~ Dr. Sherri
What My Colleagues Are Eating For Breakfast:
Dr. Mubina Jiwa, Director of Essence of Health in Toronto, Canada is having a shake!
Whey protein powder, 1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries and almond milk. She adds 2tbsp of organic ground flaxseeds and fish oil as well as vitamin D.
Dr. Loreen Dawson at the Humming Bird Clinic in Sechelt, BC is having a peach smoothie.
Put 1 heaped tsp of raw pecans (about 12) into the blender. Add water to make about ¾ cup. Blend at high speed until milky (about 3-5 minutes). Add 2 fresh peaches, 1 tbsp ground flax seed, ½ tsp probiotic powder, ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ¼ tsp cardamom powder. Blend at high speed for a couple minutes until smooth. Yummy!
Dr. Shani Fox from Natural Primary Care for Cancer Survivors in Portland, Oregon is sharing her Melon/Berry Cooler breakfast recipe since berries and melons are in season right now.
(Appropriate for vegans without optional yogurt/kefir)
In blender combine:
1/4 ripe cantaloupe or Galia melon
1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries (raspberries, blackberries and blueberries all work well)
2 tablespoons freshly ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon lecithin powder
1/4 tsp probiotic powder
1/4 cup yogurt or kefir (optional)
Blend until smooth. Can adjust thickness with filtered water, coconut water or almond milk.
Dr. Allison Bachlet at Manakai O Malama Integrative Healthcare in Honolulu, HI is having a nutrient packed breakfast
I put 1/2 cup frozen organic fruit (right now I’m using organic blueberries and banana slices) in the bottom of a stainless steel travel mug and pour 1/2 cup organic thick rolled oats on top. After a sprinkle of cinnamon I pour in about 1 cup of boiling water and seal with the lid. I let this sit for about 30 min while I take a walk around my neighbourhood and then when I return I add all the ‘good stuff’: 1/2 scoop of Vanilla UltraMeal (Rice protein powder), 1 tsp of a berry powder (any kind but I love Integrative Therapeutics Greens Infusion – Pomegranate flavor), 2 tsp chopped nuts (either almonds or walnuts) and 1 tsp Liqiud Ionic Minerals.
Is it food or a supplement? I’m not sure, but it tastes good!!!!
Dr. Read Weaver Schusky in Somerville, MA is having a version of muesli
*The night before, combine equal parts thick rolled oats and apple juice/cider along with a handful of chopped dried fruit. In the morning, add some chopped nuts, maybe fresh fruit. You can experiment with other juices, and a mix of juice and water for less sweet; some protein powder ought to work if that’s good for you. I like it in the heat of summer, when I don’t want something hot but I still want something substantial for breakfast.
Dr. Mona Morstein in Mesa, AZ is having a savory breakfast
Half a can of organic refried pinto or black beans–put on toaster over tray
Cover with a few slices of gouda or cheddar goat cheese (not chevre type cheese, but good hard goat cheese)
Add cut up roma tomato
Put in toaster oven for a few minutes until cheese melts
Add a little bit of avocado and/or salsa
Dr. Karen Benton in Boise, ID is having Dinner…
”I eat DINNER for breakfast, so during the winter it tends to be more soups and stews. During the summer, my favorite is a spinach salad with berries, pecans and some poppyseed dressing with turkey, chicken breast or salmon. Today it was chicken, a little homemade pasta and steamed spinach. Tomorrow it will be baked thai tofu and vegetables. It’s easy to think outside the (cereal) box if you use your imagination!”
Dr. Cutler in Southfield, MI is having an omelet and a smoothie..
3 large organic eggs
1 tsp organic virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped organic spinach
1/2 cup organic mozzarella cheese
1 chopped organic tomato
1/2 teaspoon of Real Salt
Organic Fruit Smoothie:
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, 1 banana, 1/2 cup distilled water, 2/4 cup green powder drink
= happy tummy!
Dr. Pais in Williamsport, PA is having a farm fresh smoothie..
8oz organic raw goat’s milk
1 pasture raised organic chicken egg
1/2 frozen organic banana
1 scoop non BGH whey protein powder only sweetened with stevia
Other fruit as desired.
Dr. Day in Lacombe AB is having..
Fried egg with runny yolk (to protect the good cholesterol), on a slice of my favorite sprouted grain bread(5g fiber & 5g protein per slice) with a generous portion of fresh salsa(about 1/2 cup). Egg is fried in a little real butter. Keeps me going until lunch!
Dr. Brodsky in New York, NYis having…
*My fave breakfast before work:
Blueberry infused quinoa, seasoned with cinnamon, a dash of maple syrup and a splash of unsweetened vanilla hemp milk or almond milk. I love to toss in some raw walnuts and organic strawberries
Dr. Suber in Big Island, Hawaii is having…
*Toasted quinoa simmered with dates, raisins, slivered almonds; topped with local honey & butter (all organic)
Dr. Knuth in Oakland, CA is having an interesting breakfast..
*One of my favorite breakfast options comes from a Ethiopian cafe in my neighborhood, Alem’s Coffee. Alem has taught me how to cook up a simple fava bean dish, which he calls shihan phool. This dish consists of pureed fava beans, jalapeno peppers, onions, lemon, cayenne pepper, and tomatoes finished with a drizzle of olive oil. This savory dish gives me the energy I need to lead a productive day, and the ingredients are so simple I can make it up on a whim. Always a win win.