For some, the smell of bacon and eggs frying causes nausea instead of eliciting hunger pangs. Others might find Grape Nuts anything but delicious, yogurt parfait unsatisfying, and oatmeal just plain nasty.
If you have any of these taste-aversions, you might have a case of #breakfastfoodisgross-itis. And guess what? It's okay! If you don't like the taste of breakfast food, you're under no obligation to eat it. Your tongue doesn't know the difference between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. As long as you get the proper nutrition, there's absolutely nothing wrong with eating nontraditional meals in the morning.
If your usual breakfast is Frosted Flakes, 2-percent milk, and a glass of juice, you're actually better off eating a balanced dinner meal. Breakfasts loaded with simple carbs and sugar will cause a blood-sugar surge and crash that will have you stumbling to the coffee machine for a mid-morning boost.
Most people should be eating their highest-calorie meal in the morning anyway. So it makes sense to have a large dinner-like meal in the morning, and then taper calories. These #anythingotherthaneggsagain-for-breakfast recipes will have you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
Spinach, Sunflower Seeds and Salmon Salad
If you're bound to a reduced-calorie diet, this salad is an excellent way to say hello to the sun. Fish, especially fish varieties rich in omega-3 fatty acids, are known to boost concentration level and brain function.
If you're looking at a demanding day of butt-kicking, the nutrients in salmon can be your kung-fu power. The thiamine in the sunflower seeds will also enhance memory and cognitive function. The protein and healthy fats in fish can also help to keep your energy levels stable because they help maintain blood glucose levels already within a normal range.
Keep your energy levels high, or risk snoozing at the meeting about your promotion!
Quinoa With Chicken
If fish doesn't float your boat, consider grilled chicken breast and quinoa. Quinoa is hearty, and contains more protein than most other grains. It's also rife with fiber, a necessary nutrient for long-term health support.
It's also important that your muscles get a healthy dose of protein in the morning. Low-fat, high-protein chicken is perfect for feeding your hungry muscles. Flavor your chicken with your preferred herbs and seasonings so it fits in with your daily calorie intake.
Greek Yogurt with Apple and Flaxseeds
If you're in the habit of having a bowl of Greek yogurt as your mid-afternoon snack or your pre-bed meal, consider having it for breakfast instead.
Greek yogurt is a powerful source of protein and calcium. These nutrients will help you get pumped for your day, whether you're in the office for an early meeting or in the gym for a morning appointment with the pec deck.
The apple is a great source of dietary fiber and pectin. These help keep the body satiated. Adding flaxseeds to this snack will insert some omega fats for proper brain function and concentration support.
To make this meal even more super, sprinkle a little cinnamon on top of the apples for added flavor.