I love breakfast food. I don’t get excited to go out to dinner, I get excited to go out to breakfast. Adam and I like to explore the different breakfast spots in the city and see which has the best coffee.
Forget a romantic candlelight dinner. Give me a huge omelet and a mug of piping hot coffee any day.
You’ve probably heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day and maybe you’re a firm believer in that. I think breakfast is super important but so is lunch and dinner. Every time you get to nourish your body is important and you should try to make the best decisions at each opportunity. Does that mean you have to be perfect? No. But each meal is a new chance to eat well and feel great.
With my love of breakfast, it might come as a surprise that for many, many, MANY years I tried to avoid it. I think it started in junior high/high school. At first, it was because I just wasn’t hungry the minute I woke up. Food actually sounded a little gross to me. But then it wormed into my brain that eating very little, or sometimes nothing at all, was a good thing. It would limit my calories. It would make me lose weight. It was the solution to my problems.
Oh, young and naive Katie. That’s not how it works.
You probably know how this story goes. I would eat a piece of fruit for breakfast or nothing. Be starving by lunch. Gorge on the most atrocious amount of food. Feel terrible and guilty for being “bad”. Continue to make poor choices for the rest of the day because I had already messed up. Vow at the end of the night to be stronger tomorrow and start the cycle all over again.
I understand now that is horrible and probably did more damage to my mental and physical health than eating too much at breakfast. But in that moment, I let the insecure part of my brain that struggled with self-image take over.
I’ve made big strides in my relationship with food, but if I’m honest, there is a teeny tiny part of my brain that whispers, “The less you eat, the better.” Even though I know that’s a lie, I have to fight to make that part of my brain silent. I’ve found I still don’t like eating food right when I wake up, especially now that I workout first thing in the morning. But I do get hungry after my workout and after a lot of experimenting, I’ve found a version of Healthful Pursuit’s Rocket Fuel Latte is perfect for me in the morning.
It’s enough to give me fuel and energy until I eat my “second” breakfast, but not so much that I feel like gagging. I touched briefly on it when I shared what I ate in a day, but I thought I would share how I make my version.
If you find you’re battling your own inner voices saying you should eat less to be better, maybe this will help you out too.
My Twist On Rocket Fuel Latte- This drink is based entirely off of Healthful Pursuit’s Rocket Fuel Latte. I made a few changes but if you want more keto-based recipes and all around awesome info, check out Leanne’s website!
- 12 0z hot water
- 1 tsp yerba mate tea leaves
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp collagen (I use Vital Proteins)
- 1 tbsp raw cacao butter (I found mine on Amazon)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Boil the water and then steep the yerba mate leaves for about 5-8 minutes. Meanwhile, add the rest of the ingredients to your blender.
- Pour in the tea and blend everything together for a minute or until it’s combined and creamy.
- Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!
What’s your favorite breakfast food? Do you like to eat first thing in the morning?