Today’s post is from the lovely Janae Wise of Bring Joy. She creates delicious vegan and gluten-free recipes and blogs with beautiful authenticity. I am proud to call her my friend. You can follow her on Twitter and subscribe to her blog for more healthy, tasty treats and great insight into a joyful life.
I don’t know about about you, but the choices I make the first hours of the morning make a huge difference in my day.
My typical routine looks something like this: Arise at 5 am. Shower & dress, personal time to read/meditate/journal, tidy things & get my house ready for the day, before my four kids get up. These are all small, seemingly insignificant choices, but significantly determine the direction & outcome of my day. If I start the day out right, I feel prepared to take on the day. I have greater confidence, sense of purpose & direction.
The same goes with my first food choices of the day,ie. breakfast.
Do you eat breakfast?
Don’t worry, I’m not going to make you feel guilty if you don’t, or tell you that you should.
Really, everyone eats breakfast (even if it’s at 11 am). Breakfast (or “break” fast, since it’s breaking your night time fast) is just your first meal of the day.
Typically it happens sometime in the early morning, but it doesn’t have to. A mid-morning breakfast also works.
When it comes to food, I have evolved my thinking a bit, into a more intuitive eating approach–eating when I’m hungry, & not eating when I’m not. So breakfast for me, happens whenever I get hungry. If I begin my day with intense exercise I’m usually ready to eat breakfast after that. If not, my breakfast happens later, around 10 or even 11 in the morning. And I eat whatever sounds good.
Often it’s a bowl of oatmeal & fruit.
Or a veggie, tofu scramble.
Or a yogurt/fruit breakfast bowl.
Here’s how I make mine:
I’ll add a side of gluten-free toast (I’m gluten-intolerant) & I’ve got a very satisfying, healthful start to my day.
I like chewing, I like texture & different flavors, so this dish fulfills those needs.
It also has a good ratio of protein/fat/carbohydrates/fiber. Eating something like this helps me to continue to make healthful food choices for the rest of the day. Like my daily morning routine, I’ve set a good foundation, I feel ready to take on the day.
What breakfast foods make you feel awesome?
Janae Wise is an Air Force wife, mother of 4 & is passionate about sharing with others ways in which to bring more joy to living. She is also a vegan & gluten-free recipe developer, writer, & yoga teacher/fitness instructor.
She is the founder of bring joy, where she shares her love for creating wholesome, fresh & simple food. Janae also writes about insights into family & home life, as well as occasionally shares fitness tips & videos. You can read more about Janae, here, & more about her family,here.