Hi my loves!
I’ve been getting SO MANY questions about what’s in my fave Greek yogurt breakys so I figured I would FINALLY reveal what gets me so excited every morning!
P.S. Yes, I am well aware that I EAT HUGE BREAKYS. But, as I’ve told you munchkins in the past, like most decisions I make regarding my health & nutrition, there’s a HECK OF A GOOD REASON for that! (well, quite a few!) BUT mainly, ENERGY ENERGY!
Basically, when you wake up, your body is HUNGRY (& you are perhaps HANGRY). It has not been fed for hours! (Depends how late you sleep in). Your body needs FUEL & a BIG BOOST to kickstart your day & provide you with tons of energy, whether you have a full workday ahead, kiddies to take care of or a morning workout to attend!
Not only that, but eating a big breaky will also help keep you full throughout the morning until it’s time for a mid-morning snack or lunch! This means you won’t feel the urge to snack on useless stuff all morning merely because you didn’t eat enough at breaky!
& If you make it a point to add protein to your BIG breakfast? You’ll actually help slow digestion & promote that feeling of fullness for even LONGER! Think egg whites, Greek yogurt, milk, smoked salmon or breaky meats!
BTW, always make sure to add healthy carbs, such as whole grains or fruit to your breaky to help fuel that brain & muscles! Quickly digested carbs with a high glycemic index (white bread, refined cereals, pastries) are less effective because they will spike your sugar & insulin levels, which can trigger hunger… SO EAT THESE IN MODERATION! Think bran cereal, oats, nuts, yogurt, milk & fruit!
OH & FIBRE ALWAYS! This will also help slow digestion & keep you full – whole grain breads, breaky cereals & fruits are a good place to start!
AND LASTLY, always include some healthy fats! These will provide you with omega fatty acids, satisfy your hunger & keep you full & FUELLED!
IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT, eat a big breaky & then eat frequent smaller meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism in check & ALWAYS remember that you literally have ALL DAY to burn off that breaky, so you seriously have NADA TO WORRY ABOUT!
All this to say, THIS IS MY GO-TO BREAKY that incorporates all of the above & I simply CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF IT! It keeps me feeling:
Full & FULL OF ENERGY!
OKAY, now that we’re clear on why my breakfasts are HUGE, let’s get to the nitty-gritty of what goes into my Greek yogurt parfait & why?
1) Grass-fed Greek yogurt!
(I use the one by Rolling Meadow Dairy!)
Yes, it’s dairy. But, from grass-fed cows, so it has an improved omega 6:3 ratio. Basically, less omega-6 & more omega-3 means more health benefits from the healthy omega-3 fats.
Grass-fed dairy also contains more linoleic acid, which can help fight obesity, heart disease, inflammation, diabetes, osteoporosis & some types of cancer!
It’s free of antibiotics, low in sugar, HIGH IN PROTEIN (17g per serving!), low in cholesterol/sodium & made with active bacterial cultures! (Hey, GUT HEALTH, WADDUP?)
2) Tons of fruit!
Add in loads of your fave fruit for natural sweetness, fibre, antioxidants, healthy carbs, vitamins & minerals! Today, I put nectarines, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries & bananas, but I always change it up! Sometimes, I’ll add kiwis, blackberries &/or plums too!
3) Gluten-free muesli
(I use the one by GoGo Quinoa)
DELICIOUS & super nutritious!
It’s seriously the most perfect blend of quinoa, roasted buckwheat, amaranth, brown rice, chia, golden berries & raisins (& Yes, SOME RAW ORGANIC SUGAR!).
It’s a great source of iron, calcium & vitamin C & it’s cholesterol free, organic & dairy-free! BASICALLY, what more can you ask for?
4) Skinned tigernuts!
(I use the ones by Organic Gemini)
Tigernuts are everything from vegan, nut-free, yet, with a DELISH nutty flavour, an amazing source of fibre, iron, potassium & magnesium!
They contain NO cholesterol or sodium, are packed with good carbs & healthy fats!
AND, they are prebiotic, which means that they promote the growth of healthy micro organisms in the intestines! GUT HEALTH, FTW!
BASICALLY, they are a SUPERFOOD!
Don’t got ’em or like ’em? NO PROBLEM! Replace ’em with almonds, pecans, cashews, walnuts or peanuts!
5) Ceylon Cinnamon!
(I use the one by Simply Organic)
For the perf touch of sweetness, without the added sugar, DRIZZLE LOADS OF CINNAMON.
Despite the DELISH FLAVOUR it adds to your parfait, cinnamon actually BOASTS LOADS of health benefits, such as blood sugar control, acts as an anti-bacterial & anti-inflammatory, protects against various forms of heart disease, high source of antioxidants, brain-healthy & can help prevent/cure candida due to its anti-fungal properties (GOOD FOR YOUR GUT/DIGESTION!).
NOW, GET CRACKING!
Go buy these ingredients if you don’t already have ’em & let me know HOW HIGH THIS BABY TAKES YOU ON A CLOUD AFTER BREAKY TOMORROW MORNING!
Love you munchkins!