We’ve all heard the age old saying: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” right?
What about the saying, “You are what you eat?” Now, I’m not trying to say that if you love carrots, you’re a vegetable, because that’s crazy — I’m talking about the concept of that phrase!
It took me a long time to realize this, but literally EVERYTHING you do affects your body. The way I think of it — you kind of have to treat your body like a car. If your car was running low on gas, you would feed it the right fuel to get to wherever you’re going, right? You’d always make sure you have fresh oil, your engine coolant was all there, etc. and that you maintain and take care of everything before it becomes a problem, right? It’s the same thing with your body! You HAVE to feed it the right nutrients and the BEST nutrients in order for everything to function properly. And when your body and mind are at their best, you feel like you can do ANYTHING — and trust me, you can!
So if you’re more of a grab-a-bagel-and-coffee-and-run-out-the-door type person, it’s definitely time to rethink your breakfast game and step up to the plate — both figuratively AND literally!
Instead of a Bagel, Try Avocado Toast
Believe it or not, not ALL carbs are bad carbs. According to Neal Barnard, author of the book Power Foods for the Brain, a good breakfast should contain at least one carbohydrate that’s low on the glycemic index. Carbohydrates that are low on the glycemic index won’t cause your blood sugar to spike after eating, which can make you crash later on — something like avocado toast, which is a good source of both protein and carbs, is a better bet than a bagel.
Instead of Coffee, Try Green Tea
I totally get it — sometimes, you just NEED coffee to wake your butt up and start the day. However, replacing your daily latte habit can not only save you some serious cash, it can better your business, too!
Too much caffeine can make you feel super-anxious, jittery, scatterbrained, and can also affect your sleep patterns — not good if you’re trying to run a business and get stuff done! Swapping out coffee for green tea will give you the right amount of pep in your step (green tea contains a small amount of caffeine) without all the awful side effects.
Instead of a Granola Bar, Try Fresh Fruits and Veggies
Granola bars may seem like a healthy option to grab when you’re on the go, but a lot of times, they’re loaded with extra sugar and empty carbs, which will leave you foggy and tired by mid-morning. Instead, try fresh fruits if you’re wanting something on the sweet side, and incorporate veggies, like spinach and avocado, for added protein and nutrients.
Instead of Jamba Juice, Make Your Own Green Smoothie
Grabbing a smoothie on the way to work may seem like a great way to get some fruits and veggies in, but a lot of times, they’re LOADED with extra sugar and often times made with ice cream, sherbet, or frozen yogurt, which really don’t have any added benefits nutritional wise (other than it tastes good!)
Making your own smoothies is a great way to still get your fast smoothie fix, but since you’re preparing it yourself, you know EXACTLY what is being put into it. Incorporate easily-blended veggies, like spinach, kale, or avocado, to give your smoothie a brain-boosting boost!