We are all crazy busy first thing in the morning, getting ready for work, to take the kids to school, run errands or whatever it maybe. I understand that. You just woke up after sleeping all night without food so that is why breakfast got it’s name. You’ve been fasting for 6-8 hours or however long you sleep. You need to eat when you wake up or within an hour so you can start your day off great. It gets your metabolism going. Many skip breakfast, myself included but never again. I now have learned breakfast is essential and the most important meal of the day. You need food, to get energy and that is the first meal to do this. If you are a skipper you may be hurting your weight loss efforts. Even if it’s something small like a healthy bowl of cereal, a smoothie, oatmeal or even and egg sandwich. Don’t go full out on fattening and sugary stuff though. Make some changes…easy changes
~Whole wheat bread instead of white
~Start purchasing sugar free jams
~Natural Peanut Butter instead of regular
~Egg beaters are wonderful(I love egg whites as well as they have no fat or cholesterol and are loaded with protein and they are only 17 calories for an egg white!
~Healthy low fat and low sugar cereals
~Fruit and veggies
~Sugar Free Syrup
~Switch your butter to Smart Balance
~I’m an OJ addict so I love the new Tropicana Trop 50 which is 50% less sugar and calories
~Wake up 15 minutes earlier
Here are some of my favorite breakfast foods:
Kashi cereals! They rock, are full of amazing ingredients and the perfect start to my morning. If you haven’t tried them, I suggest doing so. My favorite is Kashi Go Lean Crunch Honey Almond Flax. Natural ingredients, no refined sugars, no high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup or any of that junk and packed with 9g of protein per 1 cup serving which is great for increasing your metabolism! Also 8g of fiber which help make you feel fuller longer and keeps you satisfied and 500mg of Omega 3 which are the good fats our bodies need. Try it I’m telling you it’s amazing!
Smoothies are something I make 3 times a week or so for breakfast. There are so many combinations out there to give you something different. Make sure you have a good Smoothie Maker My favorite is Protein banana berry smoothie.
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder( I use Jillian Michaels Natural Whey Protein available at Walmart)Find one that has at least 15g of protein per serving and low in carbs.
1 small banana
1 handful of your favorite berries
1/2 cup skim milk or almond milk
2TBSP Ground flaxseed(optional)
1 cup ice
1/2 Cup Blueberries
1/2 Cup Kashi Go Lean Crunch
1 Cup Greek Yogurt
Oatmeal is a wonderful breakfast item. It’s quick and easy. I recommend making your own as the instants are full of bad ingredients. Better Oats have wonderful instant oatmeal though. Here is a recipe I enjoy:
1/2 Cup Old-Fashioned Oats(cooked according to package)
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
dash of cinnamon
Handful of organic, fresh or unsweetened frozen blueberries
Cook the oats according to package using water not milk. Add the cinnamon, and scoop of protein powder. Mix well. Add your blueberries. Serve in a bowl and enjoy.
Now I told you protein is essential at every meal. This includes breakfast. Cereal with milk is a full meal so you don’t need to eat anything with that unless you like to add a side of berries. So like I said in the welcome post…Every meal must have a Protein, a fast carb and a slow carb.
I like eggs but do not eat them that often. I do like making egg omelets(with egg beaters) filled with veggies(green peppers, onions, black pepper) and a slice of whole wheat toast lightly buttered with Smart Balance. I do this a lot on the weekends.
I’ve cut back on my coffee to one cup a day as well and I do not use sugar. I use Truvia most of the time as I love the taste of this. I used to drink a pot of coffee a day. My headaches finally eased up after around 5 months…ugh that was horrible.
So if your wanting or trying to lose and skipping breakfast start eating! You’ll kick your metabolism into full gear and the inches will start coming off.
I am not a health care professional. These tips are what I learned along the way of my weight loss journey.