Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Master your morning!

On the East Coast this morning, the sun rose at 5:12am, and so did I. I'd be lying if I said I was thrilled about it, but now that the sleepiness is wearing off, I'm beginning to remember why I'm trying to train my body to adapt to this new rhythm.

Waking up early creates more useful hours in the day. It also aligns your body with its natural circadian rhythm; 9pm to 5am should be the window for your most restorative sleep. And if those things aren't enough to keep me from hitting Snooze, my relatively traffic-free 30+ mile commute into work sure does beat the hour and a half of stop-and-go I must otherwise endure. I'm looking forward to having more free time in the afternoon when I finish my work day early, and beat that soul-crushing, wrist-wrenching, back-breaking, life-wasting traffic. (Can you tell how much I dislike traffic?)

Successful early risers plan their mornings ahead of time, and stick to a set routine. I like to eat breakfast when I wake up, so packing lunch the night before and having a nutritious breakfast on hand is crucial for me. Master your morning with this delicious and nutritious quiche, which you can make ahead of time, portion out, and reheat (just 1 minute in the microwave per slice).

Early morning breakfast on the terrace: tomato, bacon, mozzarella quiche.

Tomato Bacon Mozzarella Quiche!
9 eggs
4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
1/2 cup fresh mozzarella, sliced

1 ripe tomato, sliced
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tbsp olive oil
1 pat butter
Salt & pepper

Make it happen:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Heat olive oil and butter in a cast iron pan. 
  3. Cook bacon over med/high heat until crispy, and transfer to paper towel to drain. 
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat 9 eggs. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add almond milk, almond flour, and coconut flour to eggs; whisk thoroughly.
  6. Pour egg mixture into pan, and add crumbled bacon and sliced mozzarella
  7. Gently place tomato slices atop egg mixture, and put pan in oven.
  8. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes.
  9. Reduce heat to 375 and bake for another 10 minutes, until firm. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before slicing.
Add fiber, vitamins, and nutrients to this breakfast by plating it with a pile of power greens, or eating it alongside a delicious halved grapefruit. Don't forget the green tea!

Here's a link to another favorite quiche recipe, and here are a boatload of tips on How to be a morning person. If you find this information helpful, please let me know in the comments below!