The No Brainer Breakfast: Part I
"Breakfast Burritos For Brain Power"
Ok, the time has come to talk about breakfast. The most important meal of the day? Well, I think so… here is why …
The food choices you make for breakfast set the tone for the rest of the day.
What you eat for breakfast actually says a whole lot about what you eat in general.
As Karen and I travel the country and world in pursuit of healthy/happy we love asking complete strangers the simple, but oh so profound, question: “What did YOU have for breakfast today?”
Sure we get some odd looks, but you would be surprised how many people are ready with an answer. And man, have we received some crazy town responses!
What you start your day with is the first message you are sending to your body and brain.
What did you say this morning? Was it:
“Hey there awesome self. Are you ready for this? I found this super new product in the freezer section, its sausage on a stick wrapped in a pancake!! Woohoo… get ready for some lovin” (this actually exists in the freezer section, I can’t make this stuff up!”
Or (and this one is all too common. Clients, you know who you are!)
“So listen body… here’s the thing … um… I don’t really have tiiiiimmmmeee for breakfast … and … I realllllyyyy would rather sleep an extra 15 minutes…soooooo… you are kind of on your own here, catch up with ya at lunch.”
“Good morning beautiful, I know I am going to ask a lot of you today (insert extremely long list of body requirements for day) So to thank you ahead of time, we are going to start the day off right! Nutrients and minerals that delight the tasties but also give you the fuel and power you need.”
I am really hoping that at least some of you share that last message, and if not, this is the month to start to turn around your morning habits.
We are dedicating the next few blog posts to our favorite question: “What’s for breakfast?” We hope some of these recipes will inspire you to rethink your morning routine.
Part 1 of The No-Brainer Breakfast series, Breakfast Burritos for Brain Power!
This one is for the savory breakfast lover. If you wake up and crave savory food like bacon and eggs then give this one a try. It is a hearty, filing breakfast, satisfying breakfast. Did you know that eggs are a great food for optimum brain function throughout the day?
Best part about this breakfast? It’s a make ahead miracle. I make a batch of these and pop them in the freezer. Then in the morning I grab one, heat it up, and enjoy. Sure that takes a little planning ahead, but guess what? Life takes planning ahead. The healthiest most successful people on the planet plan ahead (according to me anyway).
"No Brainer Breakfast Series", part I
- Ready Time: 7 mins
- Prep Time: 3 min
- Cook Time: 4-5 min
- 5 whole grain tortillas
- 4 large eggs
- 4 large egg whites
- 1/2 cup of red bell peppers
- 1/2 cup of zucchini
- 1/2 cup of cremini mushrooms chopped
- 1/2 cup of onions chopped
- 3 tablespoons of black beans
- 3 tablespoons of feta cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon of herbes de provence
- 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- cutting board
- large saute pan
- small bowl
- In a medium bowl whisk whole eggs and egg whites together, set aside.
- In a large pan over medium low heat, sauté bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, and onions in olive oil. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until tender, season with herbs de provence, salt and pepper.
- Add black beans and eggs to pan with veggies. Gently move eggs around the pan with a spatula to cook evenly.
- Add feta cheese to mixture and cook just until eggs have come together, be cautious to not overcook the eggs. Set mixture aside.
- Lay a tortilla on a flat surface, Take 1/2 cup of egg/bean/veggie mixture and place in bottom 1/3rd of tortilla, roll tortilla away from you, fold in sides and roll completely up.
- Repeat with remaining tortillas.
- Store in an airtight container in fridge.
Recipe NotesBe sure to read the ingredients on the tortillas, this can be a deceptive food that is filled with chemicals. I like 365 organic whole wheat from Whole Foods, or Ezekiel sprouted grain tortillas. Once the breakfast burritos are done, you can eat right away, refrigerate or freeze them for later use. To reheat refrigerated wraps: Wrap in paper towel and microwave for 45 seconds (I know, I know... but I want you to eat breakfast!), pop into a toaster oven, or wrap in foil and bake in regular oven @350 for 5-10 minutes. To reheat frozen wraps: Wrap with tin foil and pop in the oven (350 degrees) for 25-30 minutes. Just pop it in before you jump in the shower and Voila! a hot delicious breakfast will be waiting for you.
Do you have a great breakfast idea? Leave us a note below and tell us all about it.