Hi! My name is Amanda Rocchio. After struggling with an eating disorder in high school, I realized that being healthy was about fueling your body with the right foods, not starving yourself. From that point onward, I started educating myself on all things nutrition and began crafting my innovative meal prep techniques.
That's how the MeowMeix brand was born, and I could not be more grateful for the ability to serve and support a community of over 1 million people through my Instagram and podcast. So, if you're reading this, just know I'm here to support you on your health journey!
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of breakfast? Combinations like sugary cereal + milk, orange juice + bagel + cream cheese, donuts or blueberry muffins are some of the classic American staples that top the list. But what if I told you many of these morning choices are going to send your blood sugar for a wild roller coaster ride leading to an energy crash later and provide you with minimal nutrients compared to other options out there!
Here are some of the easiest ways to upgrade your breakfast:
Breakfast Upgrade #1 - When it Doubt, Add a Protein-Rich Food
Protein is a very satiating macronutrient and important component of your breakfast meal. Things like adding in a high quality protein powder, going for eggs, or adding in other protein-rich foods can make your breakfast meal a much better choice. You’d be surprised to find out that actually starting your day with grass-fed steak & eggs is actually an extremely nutrient-dense way to kickstart your day. For this reason, I love that Purely Elizabeth has a high-protein pancake option!
Breakfast Upgrade #2 - Don’t Skimp on the Fiber
Fiber is also another important addition to your breakfast that will help to regulate blood sugar and provide you with gut health benefits. There’s a reason why swapping out orange juice for oranges is a great choice! The fiber from the whole fruit will help to slow down the absorption of the sugar, so you don’t get a huge insulin spike, then crash later. Additionally, it’s much harder to eat a lot of oranges, but so easy to guzzle down 12 ounces of sugary orange juice. Fruit juices are often stripped of many of the beneficial nutrients from pasteurization. Whether with veggies, whole fruit, nuts, or another fiber-rich food, your body will thank you later when you start your day with fiber.
Breakfast Upgrade #3 - Add Some Healthy Fats
Whether your goal is fat loss, muscle gain, or just maintenance, dietary fats are an important part of a balanced healthy diet. Starting your day off with nutritious fats is a great way to provide your brain and body with healthy fuel. Did you know your brain needs fat? Brain matter is composed of about 60% fat (when drained of water). Whether you’re going for a handful of nuts, or incorporating Purely Elizabeth pancakes stacked with coconut & almond flour, there are plenty of nutrient-dense options out there for you!
4 - Skip Sugary Drinks and Sub in Lower-Sugar Options
Whether we’re talking about sugar-bomb frappuccinos, Jamba Juice smoothies, or fruit juices, all of these drinks have one common theme: a high amount of sugar, little-to-no fiber and extra calories, all of which can hurt your health and your waistline in the long-run if you’re consuming them every day. If you view these drinks closer to dessert or treat options, then you’re on the right path.
For a more nutritious way to start your day, make sure you’re drinking tons of mineralized water and feel free to add in low-sugar drinks like tea, lightly-sweetened coffee, or low-sugar protein shakes.
Now I know skipping things like french toast or pancakes might not sound like fun, so I teamed up with Purely Elizabeth to highlight their nutrient-dense alternative to commercial pancakes. Because I want you to live a healthy lifestyle but also have some fun doing it!
Amanda Rocchio is a meal prep maven, nutrition guru, and social media influencer living in Orange County, California. After struggling with an eating disorder in high school, she realized that being healthy was about fueling your body with the right foods, not about starving yourself. From that point onward, she started educating herself on all things nutrition and began crafting her innovative meal prep techniques. Today, Amanda inspires more than 1 & Half Million followers every day with her simple recipes, words of encouragement, and hacks for maintaining a healthy diet.