You’re probably wondering What is Bircher? It’s a funny word. And on top of that you’re wondering why this is the best breakfast bircher.
Asked and answered. This blog post is all about breakfast and eating food for fuel.
Recently I made the switch from being a coffee drinker/caffeine addict/espresso obsessed to not relying on that jolt of energy in the morning. And might I say this change has been such a valuable part of my morning routine.
Up until I made the switch I was a 3 cup a day coffee drinker. And while that isn’t a terrible amount, I realized a problem when I no longer felt the effects from the caffeine. Prior to drinking coffee I used to drink two Diet Coke’s a day. So the caffeine addiction was never anything new.
But after a couple years of this coffee routine and a combination of anxiety issues I wanted to be less reliant on caffeine to set the tone of my day.
So I set a goal for myself: Get myself off of coffee (caffeine) and rely on my food as fuel. I gave myself one week and here’s what happened:
How I(to) Quit Coffee
Step 1: Realize you have a problem
Hi, my name is Jordan and I am addicted to the drug C8H10N4O2 more commonly known as caffeine
Step 2: Set a measured goal
I want to kick my coffee addiction and stop relying on caffeine to start my day within a week
Step 3: Find where you would normally drink coffee and replace it with another warm drink
Instead of coffee I’ll brew some tea or have some juice
The point here is to replace the caffeine drink with something else that will trick your mind into not feeling like something is missing.
Step 4: Stick with it!
If at first you don’t succeed try again the next week
Here’s How it Went
The first day is obviously gonna be hard. I felt sluggish for the first few days since I knew I was missing coffee. And I did get caffeine headaches about midday. But once I got over the four day hump, things started to look up. While I still felt sluggish, I no longer had the headaches.
And after a couple more days I noticed a shift in my energy levels. Instead of feeling tired after breakfast I really noticed how energized I felt after having certain breakfasts.
When I had something more balanced and wholesome I felt a sense of fullness and energy. Whereas when I ate a more sugary breakfast I still felt tired and hungry.
What really helped me stay away from coffee was the wakefulness I felt after eating a nourishing breakfast. When you start thinking about food as fuel you gain a lot more from it than before.
Listening to your body is key here. Sleep and energizing foods will rev up your energy naturally and keep you awake for the day.
What Caffeine Really is
An important thing to note here is that caffeine is a drug. Now most of us would agree that they don’t do drugs, but caffeine is a stimulant that most people are addicted too.
Ever heard the ol “I can’t live without coffee” or “don’t talk to me before I’ve had coffee”?
Just think if someone said “I can’t live without cocaine” or “don’t talk to me before I’ve had a drink”. You’d probably be organizing an intervention if you’d heard those ones.
Now I’m not here to tell you that you should never drink coffee. I think it serves its purpose for revving up our central nervous systems and increasing mental alertness. However, there is a point when this addicting drink can go overboard. And this substance is addictive so it isn’t entirely easy to just put down.
So if you are thinking of quitting coffee be patient with yourself because it may not be as quick of a turnaround as you think.
But something that can help? and energizing breakfast tp get your day started and forget the coffee deficit. Thats where my best breakfast bircher comes in.
What’s So Great About This Best Breakfast Bircher?
It’s full of energizing ingredients. Now this isn’t a typical bircher muesli which is like an overnight oat with fresh apple and yogurt added. I had to switch things up to get me energized in the morning. So I started adding a bit of maca powder and changing up the toppings so my breakfast routine never gets mundane.
Today Im sharing one bircher recipe with three topping ideas. They are filling, balanced, wholesome, and nourishing. Sure to keep you energized and going all morning long!
Best Breakfast Bircher
makes: 1-2 servings
- 1/2 c rolled oats
- 1/2 grated apple
- 1/2 c almond milk
- 1/4 c soy yogurt
- 2 T dried fruit
- 2 T chopped nuts
- 1 t chia seeds
- 2 t coconut sugar
- 1/2 t cinnamon
- 1/2 t maca powder
- blueberries, apricot, almonds
- strawberries, coconut, coconut yogurt
- apples, pumpkin seeds, nut butter
- Mix the oats with the remaining ingredients and give it a good stir.
- Pace in bowls and top with toppings of choice. Get creative!