Try This, Not That: Healthy Swaps for a Better Breakfast

Welcome to part 2 of Try This, Not That, the series devoted to simple, wellness boosting, swaps for your favorite foods. This series has me excited (and based on the positive response from last week, it has my readers excited, too)! Last week was all about drinks and now we are moving on to breakfast.

Here are seven simple and healthy swaps for breakfast. Easy ways to infuse a little more wellness into your life, while still satisfying your taste buds. Read on for ways to make your breakfast better!

Full Transparency: I do NOT have financial affiliations with any of the brands mentioned below. They are products that I personally buy and give a thumb’s up — free of conflict of interest.

Instead of a Bagel with strawberry cream cheese . . . Try Ezekiel's or Dave’s Killer Bread with Nut Butter and Fruit

Bagels. You either love them or feel ambivalent towards them. Me? I used to love the taste, but loathed how I felt an hour later (bloated, tired, hungry).

Instead of the extreme refined grain hit a bagel gives you, opt for something better. Simpler, really. Whole grain bread (I love Dave’s Killer Bread or Ezekiel's for this), nut butter (sunflower works if you have an allergy), with fresh sliced fruit. If you are craving a shot of sweet, a thin drizzle of raw honey is the perfect topping. This breakfast will leave you satisfied and ready to take on the day!

Instead of Quaker Oat Packets . . . Try Steel Cut Oats

These unassuming packets are like eating White Bread with a cinnamon and sugar sprinkle. Instead, have the real deal. Steel cut oats with real fruit, nuts, flaxseed, and a drizzle of natural sweetener (if you please).

Want some inspiration? Read The Breakfast Mistake Most People Make. It also includes a recipe for homemade steel cut coats.

Instead of Aunt Jemima Syrup . . . Try Real Grade B Maple Syrup

High fructose corn syrup is bad news bears. It’s linked to attention deficit disorder in children and is WAY too sweet. If you desire something sweet, I much prefer you go the natural route. Grade B maple syrup has a rich and distinct flavor, while maintaining a small amounts of nutrients. Keep it real.

I’m crushing on this maple syrup from my local market. It’s flavor is rich, color is amber, and taste is unrivaled.

Instead of Conventional Cereal . . . Try Natural Cereal

When I first met my husband, he was a time-crunched and overworked intern. And he ate sugary cereal for dinner many nights. He figured since he purchased it from Trader Joe’s, it was okay. Newsflash: any cereal with chocolate and frosted in the name is a far cry from wellness. Skye to the rescue!

If you love cereal (and personally, it’s not really for me), there are better options. Go for something simple: an unsweetened, whole grain choice. Think Trader Joe’s Organic Corn Flakes, Kashi, or the British favorite, Weetabix.

Instead of Coffee . . . Try a Breakfast Smoothie + Cup of Herbal Tea

Okay. I understand a breakfast smoothie is not the same as a coffee. But hear me out.

Most of the time, coffee is used as a morning pick me up. Instead of using caffeine (and often cream and sugar), try a nutrient packed smoothie. The natural energy boosters (vitamins and minerals) in a homemade fruit and vegetable smoothie can work wonders for you. Want some ideas? Try the smoothie included in The ABCs of Wellness: 3 Foundations for a Happier & Healthier Life NOW. Or my Glow Getter Smoothie recipe.

Sometimes it’s the morning ritual of preparing your coffee and enjoying a warm drink that gets you hooked. If this is you, welcome herbal tea to your life. Tea can satisfy your morning ritual and leave you feeling better.

My favorite herbal teas? Tazo Refresh, Yogi Relaxed Mind, Savrika Sound of Om, Remedy Teas Mind Body Soul, and basically anything from TeaZaanti (loving the coconut chai rooibos tea right now).  

Instead of Eggo Waffles . . . Try Nature’s Path Waffles

Leggo your Eggo. Immediately if not sooner.

Have a homemade waffle. And if that takes too much time from your precious morning minutes, give Nature’s Path Gluten Free waffles a chance. Nature’s Path waffles are whole grain, preservative-free, and cook in just a few minutes.

Instead of an Egg White Omelette . . . Try Whole Eggs

Sometime in the 90s, eggs became the villain. Because eggs contain cholesterol, it was determined that consuming them would increase your cholesterol. Except that is NOT how it works in our bodies.

Eggs have since been vindicated, but many do not realize it.

In fact, it kills me that McDonald’s recently added an egg yolk-free breakfast sandwich. It’s as if they took the last whole food served at McDonald’s and altered it for the worse.

So if you like eggs, then eat them. Simple, whole, and real. And take care in their preparation. Lovingly and consciously cook scrambled eggs (at low heat with supervision and a dusting of salt and pepper) taste incredible.

Take the Try This, Not That Challenge

Pick one of these switches and trial it for the week. Give it three tries before you make a final decision. If your palate is used to Strawberries and Cream oatmeal packets, it may take time to accustomed yourself to the authentic texture and flavor of steel cut oats with fresh berries. And if you are used to the high fructose corn syrup of Aunt Jemima, you may need to try maple syrup a handful of times until it pleases your palate. Rest assured, this is perfectly natural. And progress, really. Because you are resetting your palate to enjoy natural, healthy options that enrich your wellness.

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