Healthy Ideas: Salad for breakfast
5 reasons you should be having Salad for breakfast and 6 ways to make it happen.
When it comes to quick and easy healthy breakfasts you shouldn’t go past a salad.
So yes, this is may sound strange compared to the bowls of high-carb cereal covered with low-fat milk many people all over the world are consuming. Having a salad is a really tasty and healthy breakfast. Once you get over the “this is strange” concept and “can I buy salad in the cereal aisle of the supermarket” type thinking you’ll see that the benefits are awesome.
5 Reasons To Eat Salad for Breakfast:
- More opportunity to eat vegetables!
- Less soft, fluffy processed carbs!
- A well rounded meal to start the day to balance your blood sugar and energy
- More flavour punch, because enjoying tastes is the key to healthy eating.
- Easy to prepare the night before or quickly in the morning.
Why eat a healthy breakfast:
I am a huge fan of healthy breakfasts, and I even have a Secret Breakfast Club (sign up here). When I ask my clients about what they eat for breakfast so many people say with a somewhat guilty look on their face “I don’t like cereal, but I eat it anyway”. These are the folks who eat a bowl of carbohydrates for breakfast then get hungry and tired for the rest of the day.
Having a salad for breakfast is a great way to get protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats in the most important meal of the day. You can be vegan, vegetarian, on the 5-2, paleo, flexitarian or a meat eater and still enjoy salad for breakfast! Go on and try it.
How to make salad for breakfast:
- Pick Your Protein: eggs (boiled, poached, scrambled, omelette), legumes, fish, leftovers, tofu, tempeh – whatever your protein of choice is make sure you add at least 1 palm-sized portion. Protein is what your body needs to repair muscle, build neurotransmitters and keep you full all day.
- Add some healthy fats: Avocado, seeds, olives, nuts, salmon – add at least one tablespoon to your breakfast. Healthy fats build happy hormones and balance your blood sugar. I love hemp seeds and pepitas, walnuts and avocado (when they’re in season) and a drizzy of tahini in my salads.
- Bright and Colourfuls: Go to town on adding your vegetables, or fruit, to your salad for breakfast. Seriously anything goes here – grated carrot, cucumber, capsicum, radish, mushroom – just chop and add it into your healthy breakfast. Most importantly don’t forget the greens! Baby spinach, lettuce, herbs, kale, whatever green you have in the fridge throw a few handfuls in.
- Fill up on fibre: You get fibre from wholegrains (brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, millet) and legumes (chickpeas, lentils, beans). You need fibre to help your digestion work better, these are the things that feed the healthy bacteria in your gut. Missing out of fibre is a big nono in my books. Keep a few times of legumes in the cupboard to sprinkle on your breakfast salad. Pre-cook some quinoa to throw into your breakfast salad. Have things at the ready.
- Avoid strong smelly things: So garlic and onions and chili and anything super stinky may not be your best friend or your work colleague’s first thing in the morning – so be mindful of that.
- Be Prepared: Cook some extra brown rice in the evenings, boil your eggs on the weekends, grate a bunch of carrots and chop your greens and store them in tupperware so you can grab it easily
So go on – start eating that salad for breakie – you’ll never look back!