Blood sugar begins at breakfast
Whether you are trying to lose weight, feel more energetic, or improve your performance, breakfast is where the work begins. It is both the most avoided meal and the most over-abundant meal for most people. Eating juice and cereal carbohydrate-dense breakfast can be just as detrimental to you as skipping breakfast altogether. A high carbohydrate start will lead to a day of sugar abundance and roller coaster insulin rides. On the other hand, the absence of breakfast will lead to a slowed metabolism and sluggish energy. Neither of which will do you calorie-burning machine much due diligence. What your body and brain need is a carefully balanced concoction of protein, and carbohydrate, with fat to keep you satiated.
Aside from a protein shake, an ideal breakfast choice is cottage cheese, which makes some grin and others gag. Shun it all you like but you will have a hard time finding a cleaner, leaner, alkaline protein from any other protein source. Greek yogurt comes in at a close second these days due to its high protein content and regular yogurt comes in third with its slightly lower protein content and higher lactose.(the sugar which can lead to allergic reactions and sensitivities in people). If you don’t like cottage cheese on its own, try combining it with a couple tablespoons of yogurt to add a smoother texture and a bit of sweetness. That is just what I have done in this recipe and cottage cheese despisers have been pleasantly surprised at the outcome.
This breakfast is a combination of cottage cheese and coconut yogurt, with sprouted ground flax seeds and chopped fresh pineapple. A close friend once served the coconut yogurt and pineapple as a dessert. I made a couple modifications and now it is suitable for either breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It is the perfect proportions of micronutrients for a meal: 20 grams protein, 20 grams carbohydrate, and 10 grams fat. It equates to about 350 calories. Enough to get your brain and metabolism going, and not enough to spike your blood sugar and insulin levels.
Here is the recipe for a better breakfast bowl:
– 1/2 cup cottage cheese (1 or 2%)
– 1/4 cup Liberty coconut yogurt
– 1 tbsp sprouted ground flax seeds
– 1/2 cup fresh pineapple, chopped
Layer the ingredients, stirring the yogurt and cottage cheese together. This serves one.
Remember that your body desires not an average meal as much as it demands adequate fuel.