We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day
But how many us actually eat a quality breakfast? Forget the empty carbs of cereal, the fattening bacon, and your highly caffeinated coffee. Instead think…GREEN.
The Dr. Seuss’s popular children’s book, “Green Eggs and Ham” is not merely about imaginative food but about healthy eating.
*That’s right, Dr. Seuss was ahead of his time and I’m here to solve the mystery of just what are green eggs.
Every morning I start my day with a variety of bright leafy greens and vegetables. My goal is to have a phytonutrient rich breakfast that will support my body’s need until lunch. To add protein, I dump my cage-free organic eggs right into the mix.
For this particular breakfast, I used swiss chard, purple kale, green kale, collard greens, red & yellow peppers and eggs. However, you can use a mixture of greens.
***There is nothing else that sustains my mental & physical energy like my green eggs.
Here is a snapshot of what you’re getting when you eat green eggs for breakfast.
Swiss chard is known to contain 13 different antioxidants. The leaves of swiss chard contain a flavonoid called, syringic acid. Recent studies have proven that syringic acid helps regulate blood sugar. One cup of boiled swiss chard alone contains six to eight times higher the amount of your daily vitamin K. Lastly, swiss chard is known for it’s cancer preventive characteristics which makes it a super food. It contains fiber, chlorophyll, and phytochemicals all which are known to lower the risk of cancer.
Kale is now being considered the “nutritional powerhouse.” A cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It’s high in both iron and vitamin K which aids your body in cell growth, liver function, and protects you against various cancers.
Calorie for calorie kale has more iron than beef! Kale also has more calcium per calorie than one glass of milk which maintains your body’s metabolism and protects your body against bone loss. A cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids which ultimately help prevent asthma, arthritis, and many other immune disorders.
Red peppers are high in vitamin A which helps with healthy eyesight, they contain almost 300 percent of your daily vitamin C intake which is necessary to absorb iron properly. Red bell peppers are also an excellent source of magnesium and vitamin B6. Both magnesium and vitamin B6 when combined show a decrease of anxiety and hypertension.
Yellow peppers also provide similar benefits as red peppers only their yellow hue adds a punch of potassium. Potassium is vital as it regulates blood pressure, controls muscle & nerve function, and is extremely important for athletes. Potassium deficiency leads to muscle cramps and irregular heartbeat. Potassium is a vitamin that regulates blood pressure, and controls muscle and nerve function.
Potassium is especially imperative for athletes, who lose large amounts of potassium while exercising and sweating. Symptoms of potassium deficiency include muscle cramps and irregular heartbeat.
So here are some easy to follow steps to get your green eggs on in the morning.
Step 1: Pick colorful ingredients.
Step 2: Roughly chop your leafy greens and vegetables.
Step 3: Insert colorful ingredients into the blender. Don’t forget to add your eggs.
Step 4: Blend until everything is finely chopped. You want almost a soupy consistency.
Step 5: Pour green eggs into a large frying pan. Cook until no longer watery.
Step 6: Add flavor and seasoning.
Rule of thumb: Do not add anything that has artificial sweeteners or sugars. We found a great sauce similar to mayo that has no sugar or dairy (we try to be dairy-free) and has no added sugars. Mustard is great and usually has no added sugar but check first, they like to slip in high-fructose corn syrup. Add salt & pepper and garlic accordingly to your taste buds.
Step 7: Eat & enjoy.
Every week I try to mix up the bright leafy greens I buy to make sure I’m getting an assortment of powerhouse nutrients in my breakfast. Although I didn’t use spinach in this breakfast combination, it’s one of the best leafy greens you can incorporate into your meals.
So, give it a try. I’ll guarantee that you will like them and that you’ll be able to eat them with a fox and in a box.