My relationship with breakfast has evolved over time. I used to bounce between skipping breakfast and grabbing a tripe latte and muffin or scone at Starbucks. When I wanted to be “healthy” I’d go with the yogurt parfait or granola bar.
I really had no concept of what a healthy breakfast should be. My breakfasts were filled with caffeine, refined sugar, and processed foods. And were “low-fat” – always low-fat. It didn’t matter what or how much I ate – I never felt full or satisfied after breakfast. In fact, I’d usually feel more sluggish and hungry after eating. Turns out I was missing the two most critical parts of a healthy breakfast: protein and fat. Yes, FAT. (I’ll let you in on a little secret: healthy fat doesn’t make you fat.)
If you follow me an Instagram (if you don’t – what are you waiting for? It’s a party over there!) you know that green smoothies are my jam. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and anytime in between. I love me a green smoothie. But, sometimes a girl just needs a warm breakfast and something to chew.
Cue the Superhuman Breakfast. At the end of the summer I participated in the #superhumanbreakfast 5-day challenge from Laura Hames Franklin. The challenge was to take the time to prepare and mindfully eat Laura’s #superhumanbreakfast each morning: eggs, sweet potato, greens, sauerkraut, and Himalayan salt. Why this magical combination?
Eggs provide you will a complete source of protein containing all nine amino acids your body needs. Protein in the morning helps to stabilize your blood sugar, fuels your digestive system, and keeps you feeling full longer. Sweet potatoes are a complex carbohydrate – the sugars are held together by fiber which slows down the digestion and release of sugar into the bloodstream. Dark leafy greens provide folic acid, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, and calcium. They are rich in phytonutrients and also alkalizing for the body. Bonus – gently cooked greens are easier for your body to digest. Raw, fermented foods are full of enzymes and probiotics (good bacteria) that your digestive system needs. Himalayan salt is rich in minerals and helps to regulate your hydration. Yep, salt helps your hydration!
This meal literally makes my entire body smile. The colors are gorgeous. The food is warm and delicious. The experience is calming. And – the best part – you feel full, satisfied, and energized for hours. When I have a craving these days it’s usually for the #superhumanbreakfast. I’ve perfected my “recipe” to go from hungry to #superhuman in the shortest amount of time with the least amount of dishes possible. Enjoy!
What you need
- Large pot and lid
- Steamer basket
Ingredients (serves 1)
- 2 pasture-raised, organic eggs (the yolks should be dark and vibrant!)
- 1 organic sweet potato
- 1 bunch dark leafy greens (dinosaur kale is my favorite)
- Raw, fermented sauerkraut (you will find it in the refrigerated section of your health food store – the only ingredients should be vegetables, water, salt, and any spices. No sugar or vinegar!)
- Himalayan crystal salt
- Avocado or olives (optional)
- Chives (optional)
- Add 1 inch of water to pot, add steamer basket, cover, and bring to boil
- Scrub and chop sweet potato (if organic, peeling is optional. I don’t love the skin so I peel)
- Wash and chop greens
- When water is boiling, add sweet potato and eggs to basket. Set the timer for 9 minutes. (I prefer my eggs medium boiled so the yolk is slightly soft and gooey but not runny)
- After 9 minutes remove eggs and immediately rinse under cold water
- Add greens to basket, cover, and turn off heat
- Peel eggs
- Once your eggs are peeled the greens should be gently steamed – remove sweet potato and greens
- Add a few forkfuls of sauerkraut and avocado or olives (if using)
- Sprinkle with Himalayan salt and chives
Give this breakfast a try and let me know your #superhuman powers!