Your mother was right…. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. And lately I’ve found myself wanting to live in the moment of breakfast FOREVER. I even contemplated making this entire food blog breakfast recipes only. I just love that moment, early in the morning when everything is calm and peaceful and quiet and so so lovely. When the world is still asleep and I’m wide awake sipping on my coffee and enjoying that moment…my moment… where I can reflect on the day ahead and remind myself that today is a new day, another day to breathe, to smile, and to be thankful for everything I am. That’s why breakfast time is the best time, without it life just wouldn’t be the same.
Ok so don’t judge but I am going to say something some people may find painful to hear…… I am an early riser. Yes yes YES one of those “cooky” people who never wake up past 7am yep that’s me! My “sleep in” days usually fall on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and are no later than 630am. These mornings consist of yoga/meditation in the surroundings of my home. Just me and my matt. Then there are my “sweat mornings” when I go to the gym which is a wake up call anywhere between 4:45 & 5:45am… ok now without getting freaked out and leaving my site I want to tell you WHY this painful thought of waking up early can actually turn into the best and most rewarding time of day for each and every one of you. Here are my top reasons why waking up early is good for you!
#1. Often late snoozers tend to skip breakfast because they try to get in every last wink of sleep. Skipping breakfast is a bad idea because your body needs those nutrients in the morning for energy and focus. When you decide to skip your morning meal, your body goes into starvation mode so the next time you actually eat something, you are more likely to overeat and crave unhealthy foods. Eating breakfast is also a foundation for building healthy eating habits and makes you less likely to eat junk the rest of the day.
#2. Some of the most successful people in the world are early risers. It’s simple, if you wake up early, you get more done.
#3. As previously mentioned the first hour/hours of your day and how you spend it often sets the tone for the rest of your day and your life. If you are constantly rushed in the mornings you may find you are more stressed and uneasy throughout the day. Even on my “sleep in” days I wake up early, roll out my matt and enjoy some much needed body conditioning and meditation to get a good stretch and ground my thoughts for the day ahead.
#4. Exercising first thing in the morning is key! I strongly believe it is so so important to set aside those first few hours to sweat sweat sweat! That way you are not going to let a tiring work day or social plans after work get in the way of your workouts.
#5. Early risers often have very well established sleep routines. This means going to bed early, and most likely at the same time every day.
Are you convinced yet??? Waking up early may be hard but with baby steps, even if it’s just waking up 15 minutes earlier to start with – you can start improving your quality of life.
So QUESTION: Do you wake up early or would you rather sleep in?! I’d love to hear your thoughts & feelings!
Although I’m not 100% vegan, I do eat a mostly animal-free diet and I’d like to continue finding ways to fuel and satisfy my body on a plant-based diet. Even though this delicious breakfast doesn’t look like eggs before cooking, the finished result is nearly identical to the real thing! and OH MY GOSH is it ever satisfying! Thanks to @forkandbeans it is now a go-to post-workout breakfast I really look forward to every single week!
For those of you who haven’t cooked with Chickpea Flour have a read — “Garbanzo Beans (chickpeas) are one of the creamiest and tastiest of beans. Flour made from this delicious bean lends a sweet, rich flavor to baked goods. Bob’s Red Mill Garbanzo Bean Flour is freshly milled and 100% stone ground. Garbanzo beans are loaded with protein and dietary fiber and are a good source of iron. Garbanzo bean flour‚ also known as besan, gram flour, chickpea flour and cici bean flour‚ is popular in Middle Eastern and Indian cooking and baking. Use it in dishes like falafel, hummus, socca, farinata, papadums and pakoras. It is also a wonderful ingredient for gluten free baking. Try it in crackers, pizza crusts, and breads. Garbanzo bean flour also works well in cakes or quick breads with strong flavors like chocolate and pumpkin. It can also be used to thicken soups, sauces, or gravies. Use garbanzo bean flour to replace up to 25% of the flour in your baking to increase protein and fiber.”
So go ahead and make this egg-less, “non-omelette” Chickpea Omelette today!
(dairy-free) (gluten-free) (vegan)
Nutritional information calculated without extra toppings (avocado/greek yogourt/extra cherry tomatoes)