Now, my kids are the reason I get out of bed. And then the second reason I get out of bed is to make breakfast for my kids. So things haven’t changed that much I guess.
I have a love for good, wholesome food. Food that tastes good and makes me feel good. So breakfasts for me mean high-fibre with no added sugar, full cream milk and maybe a little fresh or dried fruit. Sounds good, right? And yes, it is a pretty good breakfast I think, compared to all the boxes of colourful carbs advertised with popular characters that they call “breakfast”.
Sure, a high-fibre breakfast with full cream milk and a fruit is what we give to our kids, and they enjoy it. And we will continue to do so.
But, it’s only half of what a good breakfast should be.
Our breakfasts are actually high in carbs, as many of you out there will agree. By 9am, I am starving. Starving as in “Hey, it’s time for second breakfast!” You know, like hobbits do. Because seriously, my body burns up all the breakfast carbs so quickly – even if they are full of fibre and more complex carbs.
Then, one morning, the obvious dawned upon my husband and I. Let’s do some eggs! But as a side to our high-fibre cereal.
And that morning was the dawn of our Breakfast Revolution. And wonderful things happened.
Here’s What Happened
It changed our kids. My youngest son’s moods are somewhat erratic. The first day we gave our kids eggs for breakfast, when I picked up my youngest son from his school, the teacher asked me: “What did you give your son for breakfast this morning? He is a different child!” Those were her exact words. She continued to tell me how happy and energetic is was that day. I couldn’t believe what a difference a little plate of scrambled eggs made!
Then, for me – I have become less of a hobbit and I no longer need “Second Breakfast”! I may eat lunches slightly early, but my body’s blood sugar levels are much more even and happier. This also will definitely help me with not gaining weight when searching for an easy and delicious snack to curb my carb-craving by 9am, because I won’t be needing one!
Eggs are also a cheap and nutritious form of protein. They are affordable to eat every morning. Although the question has now evolved to, how can you not afford a good breakfast? I recently came across this saying:
“If you think Wellness is expensive, try Illness”
Here’s some of the nutritional benefits of eggs:
- Each egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein
- all nine essential amino acids
- vitamin D
Now, you may be wondering: What about all the cholesterol that all those dieticians warned us about?
Nowadays, studies show that the cholesterol that eggs contain is dietary cholesterol – different from the blood cholesterol in your body. Despite the warnings of the past, eating eggs will actually not increase your blood cholesterol levels. Not convinced? Here’s an article that the National Heart Foundation of Australia wrote about Eggs and Cholesterol.
There are so many wonderful articles out there about all the benefits of eggs. But – If you cannot see yourself eating eggs every morning, try some other healthy protein that you do enjoy. You will see a difference. Your breakfasts need not be time-consuming to prepare, but make sure they contain fibre, and protein. Disclaimer: I am not a dietician, so if what I am saying doesn’t suit you, please consult a qualified dietician! My ultimate point that I am trying to make is to make your breakfasts better by adding some good protein.
It has really helped my family in our daily lives, and so I hope making breakfasts more nutritious will help yours too!