What?! No Time for Breakfast?

Breakfast of championsWhat?! No Time for Breakfast?

When I treat my patients, I see them not as “a knee injury” or as “a back pain sufferer”, but rather as a whole person in need of healing. In order for their bodies to heal optimally and to remain well, they must be fueled on a regular basis. And breakfast, I believe, is critical to creating such an environment.

One of my least favorite discoveries regarding my patients’ self-care is to find out that they skip breakfast on a regular basis. Upon hearing the news I tend to go immediately into my “motherly scolding mode”: “What do you mean you don’t have time for breakfast in the morning? Oh, you aren’t hungry, huh? Well, eat anyway and train your stomach to expect nutrition before you head into your day!

Even if you do not have a physical ailment (that you know of), behind the scenes your body is working, day and night, to protect and restore itself from external and internal attacks. What sort of “arsenal” are you arming yourself with? Are you short on supplies?

I’d like to offer you a quick, easy, and nutritious solution to your “no breakfast lifestyle”. Here are a couple of make-ahead breakfast items so that you can eat, fuel, and heal on the go:

Omelet “Muffins”     

Ingredients: 12 eggs (scrambled with S & P), 6oz. any cheese (grated or crumbled), small head of steamed broccoli (bite sized bunches, 1/2 red pepper (diced). Spray muffin pan with olive oil, pour in egg, then top with veggies and cheese. Bake a 350°F for 20 minutes or until cooked through. Pop out when cool (use knife around the edge) and refrigerate or freeze. They can be eaten at room temperature or warmed in the microwave—if you’ve got the time.

Wrap and Roll

Choose a 12 in. “Carb Balanced” whole grain wrap, smear it down the middle with low fat cream cheese. Add sliced smoked salmon (Nova Scotia) and chopped scallions or capers, or prepare it with a few slices of cooked turkey bacon and cucumber slices. Roll it up, slice it in half, and you’ll have enough for two days!

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