Updated: Dec 31, 2019
I've had many coworkers and family members notice, try and LIKE my veggie packed breakfasts. Their first reaction is "gross". I just sit their eating my weird food... they smell it and become curious. Then they ask to try it. Surprise is all over their face when they taste it and discover it's delicious!
Starting my day off with vegetables has been one of the best lifestyle changes I've made. Over the course of a year I lost a few pounds without trying, I had more energy, and I felt in more control of my appetite and mood. Improving your diet is not only a great way to improve things like cholesterols, blood pressure and blood sugars. It has also been shown to improve depression, attention and cognitive scores too.
Here are 4 ways to get some vegetables in at breakfast:
1- Sautéed kale with over easy egg (or however you like your eggs). Sauté a handful of kale (pre-washed and cut) with olive oil and garlic ~10 min. Combine with a piece of toast (cinnamon raisin toast, ideally) and 1-2 eggs your way. Takes about 10 minutes.
2- Sweet potatoes! Microwave a sweet potato. Eat with butter, honey and cinnamon OR with cumin, garlic and left over dinner veggies. I love it with sautéed spinach or asparagus. When I eat it savory I also like to add an over easy egg. When I eat it sweet I grab nuts, hard boiled egg or a vegan protein shake. Takes 5 minutes
3- Broccoli and quinoa sauté. Sauté an onion with olive oil, salt and garlic. Chop 2 cups broccoli and 1 large handful roasted salted almonds (fairly fine). Add to pan with onion. Add a little more olive oil, salt and garlic and let broccoli brown. Then add 3 cups cooked quinoa. Serves 2-3 and takes 15-20 minutes
4- Left over seasoned beans with a fresh salsa (diced tomato, green onion, garlic) and toast. Takes 5 minutes.