Wait, what? Must be a typo...Nope.. no typo here. Yes, salad for breakfast! This is such a delicious and nutritious way to get your day started!
I discovered breakfast salad when I was pregnant with my daughter. I had pretty severe food aversions, but I also had pretty severe food cravings.
Seriously, ask my husband! It was almost NINE months of eating only watermelon, pineapple, and salads. This was when I discovered... breakfast salad.
Pregnant or not, salad for breakfast has so many BeneFITs. It leaves you feeling super satisfied, more alert and aware, and it doesn't leave you feeling heavy and sluggish from too many carbs, fat (the bad for you kind), or way too much sugar.
Sure, I love an amazing egg white omelet, but let's be honest... who has that kind of time to make an omelet on a Tuesday morning or most mornings. I love breakfast salad because I can prep it the night before and mix everything together when I get to work.
So how to JumpStart this whole breakfast salad thing...
1- Pick your favorite greens...
Arugula, kale, spinach, mixed spring greens, etc.
My favorite is a mix of arugula and spinach because they wilt perfectly on those mornings when I have a little extra time to whip up some scrambled eggs and throw them on top of the salad.
2- Add some crunch... Add some raw nuts, seeds, veggies or sliced fresh fruit like an apple, strawberries, pear, peach, or orange (or a cutie) My favorites are almonds, walnuts and chia seeds with a fresh peach!
3- Add something creamy...
avocado (MY FAVE), feta or goat cheese, hummus, or cooked beans (chickpeas, cannellini, lentils, black beans, or pinto)
4- Add some finely chopped, fresh herbs for added flavor (your taste buds deserve to wake up in the morning, too)
Think dill, Italian parsley, oregano, cilantro, basil, chives, mint, or cracked pepper.
5- Top it off...
Drizzle with coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon or orange. Try a splash of apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar or champagne vinegar.
6- Optional extra additions...
As I mentioned in Step 1, you can add scrambled eggs, egg whites, hard-boiled eggs, or an egg cooked your favorite way. Throw it over the top of your breakfast salad or mix it all together. You could also throw in some leftover cooked chicken or ground turkey (leftover from a previous meal) OR use some nitrate-free deli turkey or chicken. The possibilities are endless!
I personally love eggs on my breakfast salad...well because...what is more breakfast than eggs! I love to put my scrambled eggs over the top of the greens... then mix everything together and it turns into a deconstructed omelet! YUM!!!
Delicious, nutritious, fast, and a great breakfast meal prep option!
Gotta love the breakfast salad! Thanks pregnancy cravings (and hormones) for this delicious addition in my life!