Nutrition experts agree: A healthy breakfast is essential for overall well-being. A well-balanced breakfast helps minimize blood sugar spikes, provides mental clarity, kick-starts metabolism and increases energy stores. Additionally, filling up on nutrient-dense foods is key to keeping the body in homeostasis — ensuring optimal functionality. In other words, a nutritious, filling and satisfying breakfast is one of the best ways to maintain your health.
While sugary doughnuts, buttery croissants and doughy bagels are delicious, simple carbohydrates can cause unnecessary blood sugar spikes and keeping blood sugar levels within normal range is crucial for hormone health, weight management, energy stabilization, mood regulation and more. In essence, maintaining normal blood sugar levels aids in avoiding chronic, long-term health issues.
Once carbohydrates enter the blood stream, insulin — a hormone produced in the pancreas — is secreted. This hormone allows your body to either use carbohydrates immediately for energy or store the sugar for future use — i.e., in between meals or during physical activity. That said, when there is an abundance of sugar entering the body (via simple carbohydrates, refined sugars, etc.), an excess of insulin is made available, helping store the sugar in your liver.
Over time, this excess stored sugar can cause inflammation, which can ultimately lead to weight gain, hormone imbalances and other issues in the body. To assure the proper amount of insulin is being released, it is best to choose meals and snacks that contain a combination of macronutrients and micronutrients. Doing so will create synergy and homeostasis in the body. Not all macronutrients, however are created equal.
To create an optimal breakfast — one with a variety of nutrients — it is important to choose healthy, satisfying and filling ingredients. For example, the eggs of pasture-raised hens, scrambled in extra virgin olive oil, alongside 100 percent whole-grain toast with avocado and a side of organic berries provides both macronutrients and micronutrients. With healthy sources of fat (egg yolks, olive oil and avocado), protein (egg whites), complex carbohydrates and fiber (whole-grain bread and berries) and vitamins and minerals (berries), this filling breakfast is a great way to start the day.
The addition of CBD offers several benefits as a holistic tool. Unlike its popular counterpart, THC, CBD is non-psychoactive. In other words, it provides many of the calming effects of THC but without the change in sensory perceptions.
Adding CBD to your breakfast routine is easy and flavorless. For example, high-fiber toast with CBD-infused jam and a side of Greek yogurt — which is packed with protein — is a delicious, balanced start to the day. CBD may also be added to eggs, pancakes and granola bars. Otherwise, if you’re typically rushed in the morning, add one milliliter of CBD oil to a smoothie. A basic blueberry smoothie is a great base, but adding CBD oil takes it to the next level. Here’s a downloadable list of CBD smoothies.
If you typically grab breakfast out and about, pick up a dairy-free green tea matcha latte from your favorite coffee shop and add one milliliter of CBD. Not only is matcha a delicious alternative to coffee, but it is packed full of antioxidants. Alternatively, you can make it at home.
Last but not least, instead of adding a dose or two of CBD to your breakfast, you can take CBD in capsule form as part of your vitamin and supplement routine.
Edie Horstman is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, wellness blogger, and freelance writer. She works with health-focused brands, co-creating content in the digital marketing space. She lives in Denver, Colorado.