It’s the morning of the wedding. All of the sweat, tears, anxiety, and hours of planning will finally materialize today. The last thing on your mind is what to eat for breakfast. How can someone eat with all the stomach knots and nerves associated with the big day? Not to mention, there is usually a wedding dress to put on in a few hours.
Even though you may not be able to stomach food, it’s smart to begin the day with something healthy. A small, protein-filled breakfast can provide the boost of energy needed to make it through the next 24 hours. Having said that, partaking in an entire breakfast spread on a wedding day may not be the best choice.
Here are some guilt-free, powerhouse options to start the morning.
Topping our list is the incredible egg. There are so many ways to cook an egg: hard-boiled, scrambled, poached, fried, egg whites, or omelets. Calories range from a mere 17-90 calories (approximately) and can bring in as much as 6 grams of protein, depending on how the eggs are prepared.
Though spinach may not immediately come to mind for breakfast, this leafy green is versatile and easy to incorporate into a morning routine. Spinach is low in calories, with 30 percent of the calories coming from protein. Replace lettuce with spinach, or add it to an egg omelet.
Creamy, smooth yogurt is a simple food for the morning. It’s best to indulge in the plain, Greek yogurt. Beware of products labeled “Greek-style,” as these may not be the real deal. Read the ingredients and make sure there aren’t a lot of additives. Trusted Greek yogurt brands, like Fage and Chobani, bring a whopping 18 grams of protein per 6 oz. serving. Feel free to add honey as a natural sweetener or fresh berries. A future bride may already have this food on hand since it’s great to use as a substitute for mayonnaise or sour cream.
Every health blog or fad diet endorses this indigo berry. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which can help increase energy levels. Low in calories, one cup can bring vitamin C and fiber to any meal. They’re a natural addition to a breakfast. For instance, grab a handful of these and mix them with oatmeal, cereal, or top whole-grain pancakes and waffles.
Now, combine the last two foods listed and make a delicious breakfast smoothie treat. A smoothie can fill you up without leaving you stuffed and bloated. Blueberries with Greek yogurt, even with spinach, are all healthy selections for a wedding day smoothie. Confirm the measurements and ingredients to control sugar levels. The possibilities of smoothie flavors are endless. We’re sharing some energy-fueled recipes from The Cleveland Clinic and Harvard Health.
Add some flavor and a kick of energy to a glass of water. Warm lemon water is said to provide an extra boost since lemon contains negative ions. Plus, it’s a great way to increase your water intake, which is highly recommended when preparing for a big event.
A common substitute for coffee, green tea is known as a superfood. High in antioxidants, this drink has also been known to decrease a heart rate. We can all agree that calming the nerves is something everyone can use on the wedding day.
Are you hungry by now? These health-conscious food choices will help sustain energy for the big day. If the wedding schedule allows, try to incorporate other healthy snacks throughout the day, like veggies and fruits. Most couples are too busy or nervous to eat, but planning to start the morning with a protein-filled snack will go far as you face the long day.