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Here in America, we are consumed with our convenience breakfast cereals. Have you stopped to thoughtfully consider the cereal aisle? It has grown from one half of an aisle to now taking over both sides, and more than half of it is marketed toward children. Is this really the most nutrient-filled way we can start the day?

It has been more than a year since I have spent time in the cereal aisle at the grocery store. It wasn’t easy to start my journey to remove breakfast cereals from my grocery list. We didn’t buy the traditional Captain Crunch or Corn Flakes, but we did hang on to granola cereals as a quick go-to for breakfast. However, when I read the ingredient list on our granola, I had to let those boxes go too.

So, what was left for breakfast? Not toast. Not cereal. Eggs every day isn’t a good idea, and when everyone can’t have eggs, what else is there? Early morning in the kitchen became earlier, making breakfast for my family. Until about 5 months ago, when I grabbed a cookbook by Mickey Trescott, The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook. I was desperate to find some safe recipes to make for myself and my family. But as I combed through the pages of her book I noticed that the breakfast section had nothing in it. Not a single recipe. My mind was blown by what she had to say…leftovers for breakfast. Yes, leftovers for breakfast! What Mickey shared in those pages has helped me to shift my thinking and embrace a different approach to breakfast.

What’s on your breakfast plate? Do you eat vegetables for breakfast? How about protein? We need more good proteins and vegetables in our diet, and why not for breakfast, the most important meal of the day? We definitely don’t have leftovers every day for breakfast, nor do my kids eat them…yet, but I continue to move forward in embracing a new normal.

So, what leftovers are in your fridge? At least a few times a week I have leftovers for breakfast, and I love that it is quick and easy. Too often we get stuck on what’s for breakfast, when we can just open the refrigerator door. Try leftovers one morning this week. I bet you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it sooner…I did!