I am always trying to incorporate more veggies and fruit into my diet. I love good food and I love slow cooked homemade meals but it’s not always easy or timely to clean, chop and slow cook veggies throughout the day. I do munch on raw carrots but I have to admit I really enjoy cooked veggies. That said I have been trying to start out my day with a veggie intense breakfast.
I am not so much a sweet eating for breakfast kind of girl. I am more into the savory. Also, in my 30’s I developed insulin resistance which makes it difficult for my body to process added sugars. Pretty much any food you find contains some natural sugar and those are fine for your body (unless you have diabetes in which case I really don’t know.) Whole grains take a long time for your body to break down and therefore keep you full for longer, whereas if you grab a donut or pastry you will probably be hungry a half and hour later!
So, back to breakfast. Although I do enjoy eggs and egg white omlettes I get sick of always having eggs for breakfast.
Lately, I have been starting out my day with a big heaping of lightly sauteed veggies served over a bed of brown rice and topped with some say sauce and Mirin. It keeps me full until well in the day and it is hearty enough to incorporate a hardcore work-out without depleting your energy. I have recently started playing tennis again and have been doing intense cardio work-outs along with weight training and I find when I eat something with whole grains, protein and or veggies for breakfast I can last much longer during my work-outs.
Lastly, if you prep your veggies all at once and then bag them and make your brown rice in advance and refrigereate you will have a quick, satisfying and healthy breakfast just like that!
Now, if I could only give up caffeine!
Long Grain Brown Rice:
I use Lungren’s brand.
1 cup rice to 2 cups liquid makes 4-6 cups cooked rice. I cook my rice in veggie broth.
For the veggies:
I used a julienned mix of carrots, red onion, mushrooms, zucchini and garlic sauteed in about 1tbs of olive oile with 1 tbs soy sauce and 1 tps Mirin added. You can use whatever you have on hand.