Lemon water: Upon first rising, drink a large class of warm or room temperature lemon water. Set a large masun jar of water on the counter overnight and squeeze in some fresh lemon. Or if you are wanting a warm drink, use boiled water. This awakens the digestive system, rehydrates your cells, and gets things moving (literally!). It also stimulates a gentle liver cleanse.
Blueberries: Bursting with antioxidants, these little powerhouses are full of flavour, are easy to add to most breakfast creations, and can improve memory throughout your day.
Chia seeds: These nutrient dense seeds can be sprinkled on granola, oatmeal, into smoothies, and can be served up as pudding for a yogourt substitute. Try my favourite morning chia pudding recipe here. They are rich in Omega 3 fats (necessary for transmitting signals between brain cells), fiber, and are cancer-fighting warriors!
Avocados: Rich in vitamin E and rock star healthy fats, these green delights can be served on toast, beside eggs, alone with a touch of salt, or blended into pudding or your morning smoothie.
Dark leafy greens: For breakfast? Yes! Their impressive list of health benefits include: calcium, iron, antioxidants, beta-carotene, phytochemicals, fiber, and vitamin E. Serve with eggs, brown rice, juiced, or in smoothies.
Almonds: A good source of morning protein, these also contain dopamine which enhances motivation and focus. Sprinkle them on your meal of choice, or guzzle down some homemade almond milk.
Green tea: Yummy hot or cold (good for smoothies), green tea can help gear you up for a busy day without the acidifying effects of coffee. Famous for its high concentration of antioxidants, it also contains a little booster called theanine, an amino acid that can help you focus and relax at the same time.
Nutrient boosters: Shift your nutrient intake into high gear! Try these boosters stirred into granola or chia pudding, or blended into your favourite smoothie. Some of my go-to’s are: spirulina powder (high in iron, antioxidants, chlorophyll, and vitamins A, B12, and K); maca root powder (helps regulate stress, boost energy, and balance blood sugar levels); and brain fueling nutritional oils high in Omega 3 fats (add 1 Tbsp of hempseed, cod liver, or flaxseed oil to any breakfast).