Your Pain-Relieving Power Breakfast

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Your body responds to the foods you eat in many ways… give it the right stuff, and you create an abundance of energy along with minimal inflammation.

And lowering inflammation means living pain free.

Now, what should we eat at breakfast to support healing and reduce your pain?

Here are 3 great choices:

Protein. Eating protein in the morning gives your body a chance to digest it throughout the day and assimilate it before your body switches gears from “digestion mode” to “sleeping mode” at night.

Fruit. Fruit is great to eat all throughout the day, but especially in the morning because if eaten at night, there’s a chance that the fruit might not be fully digested and will lay in your stomach to ferment somewhat while the body is not actively digesting.

Greens. Greens for breakfast? You bet! Breakfast is a fantastic time to add more greens (i.e. more nutrients) to your diet, especially if you’re not getting enough later in the day.

Now, how to incorporate all of this?

Try this delicious and easy recipe from my NEW Live Pain Free® Cookbook:

Goji Turkey Breakfast Sausage, Wilted Spinach and Pesto Eggs

Lean protein in the morning is a great way to lower inflammation and kick-start your healing for the day. It fuels muscle recovery and provides energy for your day. It keeps you full, making it easier to avoid binge-eating extra calories when you finally get hungry.

As an added bonus, if you need to add a little fruit (goji and cherries) and greens (spinach and pesto) into your day, this recipe will do the trick.

Goji turkey breakfast sausage

This tasty recipe utilizes superfruit goji berries (also called wolfberries). Native to China, this anti-inflammatory, antioxidant fruit has been eaten for centuries and several Asian cultures claim regular ingestion of Goji increases longevity. Cherries are also a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Makes 3-4 servings.

1 organic red apple, deseeded and grated
1-2 tablespoons dried organic goji berries, chopped
1-2 tablespoons dried organic tart cherries, chopped
1 pound organic turkey breakfast sausage
1 tablespoon organic extra virgin olive oil for cooking

Roughly chop the goji berries and cherries and put them in a bowl. Grate the apple and mix in with the berries. Remove any apple seeds that may have fallen in the mix.

Add the turkey breakfast sausage and mix all ingredients besides the olive oil with your hands until everything is incorporated.

Wash your hands and pour a little olive oil into a frying pan. Pat the sausage into small, flat, round patties and cook over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side or until there is no pink in the middle.

Set cooked patties on a paper towel to drain. Serve warm with wilted spinach and pesto eggs.

Make It Your Own

  •    Try rotating different dried fruits and berries as well as different breakfast sausage meats:
    • Dried blueberries and apples with pork breakfast sausage
    • Dried apricots and prunes with beef breakfast sausage
  • Add chopped nuts to increase nutritional value and add a crunchy texture.
  • Add different anti-inflammatory spices, like cinnamon, that go well with savory dishes.
  • Add a metabolism-boosting dipping sauce like sriracha or cholula.
  • Use a different cooking oil of your choosing to add a different flavor element like macadamia nut oil, grapeseed oil or avocado oil.

Wilted spinach

Most of us do not get enough greens in our diet. Adding them to your breakfast routine kick-starts your day with essential nutrition. Spinach is a great choice to always have on hand in your freezer so you always have some nutritious greens available. This recipe utilizes frozen spinach, but you can just as easily swap the frozen spinach for fresh spinach. Frozen spinach has plenty of water without needing to add extra when cooking. If you use fresh, you will want to add a few tablespoons of water to help it wilt.

Makes 3-4 servings.

1 clove garlic, minced
½ white onion, diced
½ pound frozen spinach
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil for cooking

Cook minced garlic and diced onion in olive oil over medium-high heat 4-5 minutes until they become translucent. Be careful not to burn them. Add frozen spinach and cook over medium heat 6-8 minutes until wilted but not browned. Serve warm with breakfast sausage and pesto eggs.

Make It Your Own

  •    Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, fresh lemon juice, soy sauce or coconut aminos to taste after you have cooked the spinach. If you add them while the spinach is too hot, these sauces can create a sour taste. Add them during the last minute of cooking or after the spinach has been removed from the heat.
  •    Add organic, nitrate-free bacon crumbles or ham cut in matchsticks to add flavor and protein.
  •    Try different greens like mustard greens, collard greens or kale.
  •    Add cubed avocado, diced tomatoes, mushrooms or any other fresh organic vegetable you desire.

Pesto eggs

Eggs, they’re what’s for breakfast. Try adding pesto to your scrambled eggs for a different twist on an old favorite.

2-3 eggs make one serving.

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil for cooking
2-3 organic eggs
1 teaspoon *pesto

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Scramble eggs and pour into the hot oil, turning gently as the egg starts to cook. Add a teaspoon of pesto or more to taste. Continue to fold the pesto into the egg as it cooks, 1-2 minutes. When the eggs are firm, remove from heat. Serve warm with breakfast sausage and greens.

*Pesto. If you buy pre-made pesto from the store, look for the one that is greenest in color as it contains more herbs than fat (oils or cheeses). If you make pesto at home, use a blend of garlic, pine nuts, basil and olive oil.

Make It Your Own

  •    Concerned about cholesterol? Pesto is great in egg whites alone instead of scrambling the whole egg.
  •    Eating too much dairy can put you in an unbalanced state. Adding a little parmesan to these eggs if you are not eating too much dairy throughout the week is a tasty way to add flavor and a little protein to this dish.
  •    This is a great stand alone dish or can be served over leftover fajita steak meat instead of breakfast sausage and greens.
  •    Try serving this dish with a side of leftover rice and beans.
  •    Add diced tomatoes or leftover vegetables to the eggs while they are cooking.

UPDATE: The Live Pain Free® Cookbook – NOW AVAILABLE!

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Besides dozens of recipes, we share exactly what you need to know to prevent your diet from keeping you in pain… and how to incorporate delicious recipes that can relieve pain and inflammation fast.

Click here to request your copy now

Filed Under: Healthy Eating, Pain Relief
Written By:
Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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14 thoughts on “Your Pain-Relieving Power Breakfast”

  1. Avatar Edita says:

    I m reminded of my picky food eater daughter when I saw the article “what’s really in a hot dog,” During her elementary days, Her school brought her class to a field trip,To a place where hot dog were made & since then won’t touch any hot dog. All she told me was Mom, ” it’s GROSS how they make it” she won’t even describe it to me. After 25 years, I can see how it’s really made? I haven’t tap the article yet but it might turn my stomach too.

  2. Avatar Christine says:

    I love pesto and never gave it any thought to add it in my scrambled eggs. My current scrambled egg mix is diced fresh tomatoes and broken up fresh spinach. I use coconut oil. I’ll have to try the pesto. Thanks for this suggestion.

  3. Avatar maria says:

    thanks Jesse for this.. it is absolutely excellent information and so helpful.

    I suffer from inflammation in my knees and have low back pain.. (hit by a car 20+ years ago at the S1 area)…..

    I know the right food as you write, can do so much for us…

  4. Avatar Al Scrivani says:

    Your recapies are great

  5. Avatar Shari says:

    Thank you Jesse as this may be just what I need to do along with my back excercises and supplement from you.

  6. Avatar Sue Gilbert says:

    Thanks for the info I appreciate your emails.

  7. Avatar Janice Green says:

    Thank you for your breakfast recipe. However I do not live in a southern city in the United States. I live in the Canadian Prairies surrounded by 20 miles of heavily pesticided grain fields. I have to travel 12 miles to the only grocery store that this week has 128g of organic green onions on special at $2. Organic cantaloupe at $4. each and a 3lb. Bag of organic pears for $6. That is it! Help !!!!!!!!!!

    1. Avatar Admin says:

      Hi Janice, Thank you for your comment and feedback. We wondered if you wanted to follow the breakfast recipe would it be possible for you to look into online sources to get the ingredients you need.

      Thank you
      (Healthy Back Institute)

  8. Avatar Alicats says:

    You have put Goji berries into your recipes, may I say that as someone who has suffered from Fibroymyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Degenerative O.A Goji berries are actually from the “NIGHTSHADE” FAMILY, and should be avoided.
    However other recipes and other berries yes no problems but I just think this ought to be noted and anyone suffering should avoid ALL NIGHTSHADE check out what is included.
    I shall say though that I love any recipes which are diverse and also will keep pain away, which Turmeric is also a fantastic pain reliever as well as having other properties, but obviously to benefit it must have black pepper added.

    1. Thank you for your feedback. It’s true some people are sensitive to nightshades. If that includes you, please try using some different fruits and berries in the recipe as suggested in the “Make It Your Own” section under the recipe. That said, most won’t have a problem if you eat nightshades (which also includes tomatoes and potatoes) in moderation.

      For those looking for more information on the nightshade and pain connection, be sure to read this guest article by Dr. Jenny Bruck:
      Harvest of Pain: 5 Foods That Are Keeping You Stuck In Pain

      Best wishes,
      Steve Coombes
      Editorial Director

  9. Avatar Manpreet says:

    Great ideas for these western meals. Thankyou , Jesse. I am an Indian living this side of the world….and for vegetarians protein source is milk products and pulses- beans. I have to juggle a meal with these and some veges.

  10. Avatar Maureen says:

    The recipes sound great! However, I am allergic to eggs. Any suggestions for a substitution?

  11. Hi Maureen! My name is Tiffany and I’m the co-author. If there is a particular recipe you want to try, I’d be happy to customize one for you.

    Meanwhile, I have NOT tested these egg substitutes with our recipes, but some general guidelines for substituting eggs in recipes are below. These would not work for the above recipe, but they are great guidelines.

    1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce can replace 1 egg
    1/4 cup of mashed banana can replace 1 egg
    1 tablespoon of flax seeds soaked in 3 tablespoons of water until viscous can replace 1 egg
    1 teaspoon of baking soda mixed with 1 tablespoon white vinegar can replace 1 egg in baking

    For the recipe above, I would just omit the eggs as you are getting protein in the sausage. Does this help?

  12. Avatar Judy James says:

    Thanks for the information.

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