Our culture heavily promotes high-carb breakfast foods loaded with processed ingredients and sugars. The problem with eating cereals, waffles with syrup, toast with high-sugar jam, and fast food breakfasts, is that they are not nutritious enough to give us the energy and stamina we need to get through the day. A lot of times, these processed foods make us crash by mid-morning and we try to make up for the lack of energy by drinking more coffee or craving sugar.This type of food also leaves us feeling hungry and not fully satisfied.

The best thing you can do for your body and energy levels is to take the time for a hearty, high-protein breakfast made from whole foods. Here are some ideas:

1. A bowl of whole grain, gluten-free, or steel cut oats mixed with walnuts, a little fruit or a teaspoon of honey, cream, cinnamon and vanilla extract.

2. Omelet with farm fresh eggs, fresh spinach, tomatoes, and broccoli with a side of steamed asparagus.

3. Chicken sausage, fresh fruit, a slice of whole-grain, sprouted bread with peanut butter or Amish butter

4. Steak and egg wrap with lettuce, avocado, onions, and tomato with fresh melon.

5. Whey protein shake mixed with fresh berries and almond milk and a variety or raw, fresh vegetables with hummus.

Remember that it's also important to alternate the types of foods you eat. It's not healthy to eat the same food every day, especially when it comes to protein.

Changing your breakfast routine from what culture says to be healthy can be challenging, but you can be sure you will be healthy and full of energy.

And, on the days when you want to splurge a bit, try these healthy gluten-free almond pancakes!