Start Your Day Off Right

I am sure you have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I totally agree.  After a night of no food, your body needs to be awakened and replenished.  And research shows that people who eat breakfast are more productive, less tired, and generally leaner.

However, I understand that time and effort are a concern for most.  Not to mention some people are just not hungry first thing in the morning, most likely due to the body’s ability to shut off hunger cues.  If you are a regular breakfast skipper then your body will learn that it isn’t getting food at that time of day and will actually stop sending you hunger signs.  So even if you don’t feel like your body needs fuel, it most definitely does.

Eating breakfast is one of the healthiest things you do for your body all day long.  A nutritious breakfast can be easy, quick, and convenient.  I promise – just try out some of my favorite breakfast bites:

Berries N’ Yogurt

1.5 cups berries, fresh or unsweetened frozen thawed

1 (5.3 ounce) container 0% fat free Greek yogurt

3 tablespoons chopped walnuts

Layer berries with yogurt and top with walnuts.

Nutrition facts per serving: 344 calories, 14 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 53 mg sodium, 41 g total carbohydrates, 7 g fiber, 20 g protein

Whole-Grain Cereal with Sliced Strawberries

1 cup whole-grain cereal

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 cup sliced strawberries

2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

Pour milk over cereal, berries, and walnuts.

Nutrition facts per serving: 392 calories, 14 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 376 mg sodium, 67 g total carbohydrates, 18 g fiber, 8 g protein

Peanut Butter & Banana Breakfast Sandwich

2 slices whole-grain bread, toasted

4 teaspoons natural peanut butter or almond butter

1 medium banana, sliced

Make a sandwich with peanut butter, sliced banana, and toast.

Nutrition facts per serving: 357 calories, 13 g total fat, 3 g saturated fat, 370 mg sodium, 54 g total carbohydrates, 8 g fiber, 12 g protein

Creamy Apricot & Almond Oatmeal

3/4 cup rolled oats

1.25 cups water

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

4 apricots, cored and chopped

2 tablespoons sliced almonds

2 teaspoons honey

Microwave oats and water for 2 minutes.  Stir in almond milk, apricots, and almonds.  Drizzle with honey and serve.

Nutrition facts per serving: 401 calories, 11 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 92 mg sodium, 65 g total carbohydrates, 11 g fiber, 13 g protein



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