Have Healthy Breakfasts Gone Too Far?

By Camille Styles
Grapefruit Smoothie with Chia Seeds

Grapefruit Smoothie with Chia Seeds
A couple of weeks ago, I had a business meeting at a coffee shop and decided to order scrambled eggs with buttered toast. Such a simple, satisfying breakfast, right? Yet while I sat eating it, I started feeling this nagging sense that maybe I should be fueling up with something a little… cleaner. Visions of kale smoothies, avocado on seeded bread, and açai bowls all came to mind. It made me wonder if the current trend of all-healthy all-the-time may have gone too far, especially when it comes to the hyper-healthy breakfasts that are pervasive on social media. I’ve lost count of the number of interviews I’ve read where chic (incredibly fit) girls talk about starting every single day with a green juice, and as much as I enjoyed this article about what well-known people eat for breakfast, I’m realizing right now that I didn’t think twice about Alicia Silverstone’s “blanched greens with ume vinaigrette,” Meghan Markle’s “açai bowl with manuka honey and bee pollen,” and Joy McCarthy’s “sheep’s milk yogurt with some live/raw sprouted granola.” Totally normal, right? ummm…

Don’t get me wrong, I’m as guilty as anyone of obsessing over, eating (and instagramming) super healthy power breakfasts, and a lot of days, that’s actually what I want to eat. I just don’t want to say goodbye to the pleasure of sitting at a sidewalk café and savoring a croissant that’s slathered in strawberry jam, or digging into a stack of blueberry pancakes at brunch and washing them down with a mimosa. It’s all in the balance… I think life’s way too short to subsist on kale alone!

Do you always eat a super healthy breakfast, or do you balance it out with indulgences once in awhile, too?

*image: food fanatic