Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Jumpstart Your Day!

It only makes sense to start my set of new blog entries at breakfast, because its the first meal of the day.  I know that everyone says that breakfast is the most important part of the day, but I'm gonna say it one more time. Breakfast not only gets your mind going, but it actually jumpstarts your metabolism too.  Breakfast skippers tend to snack more throughout the day and usually make up the calories (plus some) when they eat their next meal because they are starving!  

Barrier: "I don't have time for breakfast" 
I've heard it time and time again,but it's all about being prepared, having a plan and sticking to it. Leave yourself 10-15 extra minutes in the morning and start your day off right.

Can't find 10 minutes? Here are some timesavers:
- Get your outfit ready the night before
- Set up your coffee or tea the night before
- Pack everything you need for your day (purse, backpack, laptop, lunch) ahead of time
- Have easy to make or pre-made breakfasts available
- If all else fails, set your alarm 10 minutes earlier!
Have a 10 minute drive to work? Maybe you can put a transportable breakfast together for your ride.
Have time once you get to work? Pack a breakfast for when you arrive at work.
Once again, its all about planning and finding out what works for you!

For breakfast try to combine whole grains, a protein, healthy fats, and some fruit! You will be ready to face anything!

Quick and Easy Breakfasts:
1 or 2 slices of toast with peanut butter and banana
Whole wheat (frozen) waffle with yogurt, peanut butter, and berries
Oatmeal with nuts and fresh fruit
Whole grain cereal with skim milk/milk alternative and fresh fruit (Look for high protein/ high fiber cereals)
1 cup 0% Greek yogurt with 1/4 cup granola and fresh fruit
1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese, ground flax seed, sunflower seeds, and melon
Mini bagel with low-fat cream cheese (or babybel spreadable cheese)
Hard boiled egg with toast and Smart Balance
English muffin with marinara sauce and part-skim mozzarella
Low-fat granola bar with fruit
Homemade whole wheat muffin with fruit
Breakfast burrito: scrambled egg, mexican cheese, beans, and salsa in a 100 calorie wrap

1) Monkeying Around- 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup milk or milk alternative, 1 Tbsp peanut butter, 1/4 cup low-fat granola, 3 ice cubes
2) Berry Good: 1/2 banana, 1 Tbsp wheat germ, 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries, 1/2 cup light yogurt
3) Vermontster: 1/2 cup light yogurt, 1/2 cup ice, 1 banana,1 apple (peeled and diced), 1/2 cup apple cider, 1/4 tsp cinnamon,
3) Green Hippie: 1 banana, 1 kiwi (peeled), 1 apple (peeled and diced), 1 cup spinach, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup soy milk, 1 Tbsp wheat germ
4) Pumpkin Pie: 1/2 cup 0% Greek yogurt, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup canned pumpkin

Barrier 2: "I'm not hungry in the morning"
Breakfast doesn't need to be a huge affair with a full spread. Just something as simple as a granola bar or a piece of fruit and a handful of nuts will get you going. Once you start having breakfast, your body will start craving it. Also, think about how late you are eating the night before. If you have a late dinner, or snack late at night, your body might not think it needs breakfast!

Your coffee or tea is lonely...start your day out right with a balanced breakfast!
 Please feel free to comment or put your own recipes or favorite breakfasts up!

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