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The Best Breakfast in the World

I’m sure you’ve heard it many times before, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

It’s the first source of fuel you put in your body, and it can be a step towards rocking your day with high energy and a great mood, or one towards tiredness and feeling sluggish.

The choice is yours. 

Personally, I used to have a “normal” breakfast, say a bowl of healthy cereal, or a few pieces of toast with peanut butter and a banana.. I thought it was pretty good.

But then I started researching and realized that what’s considered as a normal North American breakfast is very far from optimal. It’s pretty low in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients which means that we’re not properly nourishing our cells.

The “North American” breakfast also lacks  in protein, which is unfortunate because Tim Ferriss and many health experts consider having a 20 grams of protein with breakfast one of the most effective ways to lose weight.

Over the last year, I’ve set out to create what I believe the best breakfast in the world. Whatever you situation is, I really believe you can make that a part of your reality.

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Some claim that they don’t have time for breakfast, while other are simply not hungry first thing in the morning.

Luckily, the Best Breakfast in the World is quick, and enjoyable even if you’re not very hungry.

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From a nutritional standpoint, what does a great breakfast consist of? Chances are, you already know the answer to this.

It should be high in nutrients, balanced in carbs/protein/fat, and provide long-lasting energy.

The Best Breakfast in the world offers all that, and then some more.

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What else should a great breakfast offer?

It should taste good, of course! Super-nutrition is worthless unless it tastes good.

Good news, the Best Breakfast in the World is also delicious.

Enough with the build-up… What is a breakfast that is quick, can be eaten even if you’re not hungry, that is packed with all the right nutritional elements, and that tastes great?

That’s right, it’s a (Superfoods) Smoothie!

Honestly, who doesn’t like smoothies? They’re delicious, refreshing, and can be packed with all sorts of good stuff.

I wish the power of the internet allowed me to have you sample my personal smoothie, but I promise that these things taste GREAT.

To start creating your own, it’s very easy. Just choose one (or more) in each of the following categories, throw them all together in your blender for ~30 seconds, and you’re good to go!!

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1. Liquid base:
-Juice
-Organic Milk
-Almond Milk
-Hemp Milk
-Iced Reishi Mushroom Tea (= What I personally use. A bit more work, but it’s just ridiculously health-enhancing)

2. Frozen Fruits:
-Any types of berries

3. Fresh Fruits
-Banana
-Ripe pear
-Anything else really

4. Protein
-Whey Protein Powder
-Vegan Protein Power (SunWarrior is a good choice)
-Pasteurized Egg Whites

5. Leafy Greens (They mix in and don’t taste anything, I promise)
-Spinach
-Mixed Greens

6. Superfoods
Raw Cacao Powder
Maca Powder
Chia Seeds
Bee Pollen
Goji Berries
-Cinnamon (Helps regulate blood sugar level: you feel full longer)

7. Good Fats
Coconut Oil
Almond Butter
-Sesame Seed Butter
-Coconut Milk
Avocado

That’s it! Play around with the combinations, don’t be afraid to experiment, and come up with your own delicious creation. It’s all part of the fun!

In 5 minutes of preparation, you’ve got yourself a delicious breakfast tastes good & is off the charts from a nutrition standpoint. And it’s convenient: you can have it on the spot, or drink it in your car on the way to work!

That’s why it is, in my opinion, the Best Breakfast in the World!

Enjoy!

-Phil

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43 Comments

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  • Hey Phil, I've read that soy milk actually hurts your ability to uptake protein and can also lead to increased levels of estrogen. From a body-building perspective, this is bad news. Have you read anything about that?

    From my research, it appears that hemp milk is the best alternative to dairy milk. Almond milk is also good, but it doesn't have as much protein :)

    Love the blog so far btw! I'll be writing you an email back tonight

  • Hey Jordan! Thanks for for taking the time to stop by!

    That's a great question you ask. I've heard a lot of good arguments both in favor of soy milk, and against it. The thing is, I'm also coming across a lot of literature claiming that cow milk is not good for adults, so it all gets a bit tricky.

    To be totally honest, I'm not sure science has a definitive answer about soy milk. But I've been meaning to look into the newest research, and see what it says.

    I'm in the middle of writing a 20 page paper for my MBA (due tomorrrow) so I'm in a bit of a bind right now, but I will update you with my newest findings on soy milk in the next couple days!

  • Hey Jordan,

    For the most part, you were right. Unfermented soy (ie, soy milk, tofu) contains "anti-nutrients" that inhibit some of our digestive enzymes, which leads to a decrease in our protein intake. That's bad news for body-building, but also from a general digestive & health standpoint.

    The good news is, when soy becomes fermented, its chemical composition changes and these "anti-nutrients" gets almost nullified. We can then assimilate all of soy's proteins & nutrients, which makes fermented soy a smart choice. In practice, this means eating tempeh (surprisingly good) and miso soup.

    That being said, I would recommend taking out milk & soymilk from The Best Breakfast Ever and replacing it with juice + pasteurized egg whites to form the smoothie's based & protein source (until I find an even better formula).

    Will edit out the post to reflect these new findings! Cheers.

  • Almond milk would be another alternative for your base. At least from a flavour and basic nutritional standpoint. I find juice/fruit in high quantities to be too sweet and gets me heading towards a sugar crash way too early in the day.

  • I started this today. We'll see how it goes, but it's definitely within reach of a non-cook like me!

  • Ben, I love almond milk (made it homemade once, soo easy) but where do you get your protein from?

  • Hey! Where did the cinnamon, oatmeal and flaxseed go? I just bought this stuff! :-) Seriously, why did you take them off the list?

  • I vote the best breakfast to be traditional Japanese rice with natto (fermented beans) with raw egg. Although depending on what country you're in raw egg can be dangerous. Tradition is good. :D sticky & yummy and full of nutritients

  • @Seb: I added cinnamon back up, but I took down flax seeds because I've replaced them with chia seeds, which are even better (more omega 3's, more fiber!).

    @Naomi: Interesting, I recently read about natto being very healthy, but I have yet to get my hands on some. To be honest, not too sure how excited I would be about eating rice, fermented soy beans and raw eggs first thing in the morning though. ;) Do you add sauce/spices to it?

  • mmm love my morning smoothie! Great post Phil, thanks! I use pumpkin seed protein as it is super digestible and for guys, great for the prostate…ladies, great for your hair and skin. It's a rare complete protein (similar to hemp) for those that might be casein (lactose) sensitive, I LOVE IT! Coconut milk is also fantastic. When I was travelling in Bali one of the main shakes there is an avocado-coconut shake = amazing and would keep me full all day!

    @Seb both chia seeds and Omega 3 fish oil are better than flax because they contain EPA and DHA, which are the most beneficial omega 3 fats. Flax oil contains ALA (it's just a different omega 3 that isn't as beneficial but still really good for you!) The body can convert ALA into EPA and DHA if it needs to but because of the conversion you don't get nearly the dose you would get from just having an EPA/DHA omega 3 source like straight fish oil. A really good brand is Carlson fish oil, it comes in lemon flavor (no fishy taste) and is delish!!

  • Wow Krystal what an awesome comment!

    I'll have to try & get my hands on some pumpkin seed protein it seems! And good idea about Coconut Milk/Avocado, I've added them to the "healthy fats".

    Great explanation about the EPA/DHA/ALA situation. Very clear.

  • I've been having avocado smoothies regularly in the morning whilst on vacation in Indonesia. Although it may seem disgusting, putting avocado into a shake taste quite alright, especially when balanced with banana!

  • Nice! I've started doing it too…

    One of the great thing about avocadofes is that they increase the nutrients absorption rate of the other foods consumed with it, so we end up getting even more benefits from all the superfoods & other goodies.

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  • Wow, it's kind of simple and nice ! I'll try it out very soon. Got some raw cacao powder in my closet and didn't know what to do with it !

  • Hey Phil,

    If you are using the oatmeal in a smoothie, do you still need to soak them? Seeing as they are being crushed and blended into the smoothie.

    I realise the importance of soaking oatmeal, but not sure if it's required as we are ripping it to pieces in the blender.

    • Hey JK, it depends how much you put in. I put almost a full bowl of oatmeal and if I don't soak it the smoothie is too thick.

      But I saw a video earlier today where the guy (BJ Penn, MMA Fighter) puts the oatmal first, and blends it by itself into a powder, before putting the other ingredients in. Gonna try that one tomorrow morning.

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  • I love making smoothies with fresh organic fruits, and I usually use plain organic yogurt as my base, and add flax seed, sometimes almond butter. My problem is I’ve read that dairy blocks anti-oxidants so I’ve been trying to use other bases- such as non-dairy (almond milk, coconut milk, etc.). But now I’ve been reading that they all contain carrageenan, which is apparently not good for your stomach and digestive system. Therefore, I’ve been reading into products that don’t contain carrageenan and I’ve found Silk Pure Almond…NO CARRAGEENAN…oh but wait it has locust bean gum, and gellan gum? Looked it up…its the same thing as carregeenan! So now I’m at a stand still as to what to use as a base. I bought cacao powder and am dying to use it in a smoothie…but I can’t make it taste good without a base, just using fruits makes it too thick. Any suggestions?

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  • Hi Phil,

    I recently signed up for your mailing list because I find a lot of your information very helpful. And I was initially very interested in your Best Breakfast in the World article. But then realized you didn’t seem to include ingredient quantities or any nutrition facts such as calories, protein, fat, or carbohydrates. That’s pretty bad. A health-oriented recipe that omits such important information is like a weightlifting program that leaves out the number of recommended reps, sets, form, weights, etc. And there are several pretty easy nutrient calculators available on the web.

    Hope this feedback helps!

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  • Incredible. That’s exactly what I put in my smoothie each day. It’s as if I wrote this recipe

So, what do you think?