Friday, September 30, 2016

day33: always eat breakfast!!!

Following yesterday's post about not drinking coffee on an empty stomach, today I speak to the importance of eating breakfast.
As cliché as it may sound, breakfast is a very important meal!! 
The word literally means to break the fast of not eating during the night, which is usually the longest period that the body goes without fuel.  

Starting your day with a balanced meal/snack helps with energy levels, attention span and focus and all around general attitude.  We all know how people act when they are hungry.  
The importance of breakfast is to feed your body, so remember you can really eat anything, just stay away from highly sugared choices as sugar confuses your body more than it helps it.  You want to have protein and carbs to help keep your energy level up until lunch time.  But otherwise don't limit yourself to what is traditionally called breakfast food.   Sandwiches, doggie-bag leftovers, mac and cheese or pizza can serve as a good breakfast.  Make sure you have a liquid with your morning meal, other than coffee, see yesterday's post. 

Starting your day with a glass of water can be tremendously good for your body and is a good habit to start!

When you don't have access to a kitchen you may feel that you are quite limited with breakfast options but don't forget about nuts and dried fruits, yogurts and smoothies.  Below you will find some other breakfast possibilities.
Lastly, I agree with Alison Sweeney, the mental game of seeing how long you can go without eating is a bad practice, it proves nothing and is quite harmful to your being!

So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE eat breakfast, it will really affect your entire day!!! love, mom

some breakfast options, especially if you don't have access to a kitchen, but have a refrigerator and microwave:

Avocado on bread or crackers 
Yogurt* and granola  
regular or greek yogurt is good, just beware of how much sugar the yogurt has, try to stay with plain yogurt and add a fruit spread, it is healthier.
Tomato and Mozzarella 
Overnight Blueberry Maple Oatmeal:

Almond Butter on Wasa crackers:
Almond butter is the perfect alternative for eggs and dairy. Vegans all over the world rely on almond butter as a source of protein, as well as good fats! This butter is full of monounsaturated fats, which are essential for our bodies to stay healthy.
You can also ad fruit to this combo, either fresh or dried.

Scrambled egg in the microwave:
1. spray microwave-safe bowl or 12-oz. coffee mug generously with a cooking spray or coat with butter.
2. BEAT eggs, milk, salt and pepper (optional) in microwave-safe bowl or 12-oz. coffee mug until blended.
3. MICROWAVE on HIGH for 1 minute* time will vary depending on your microwave so you may need to experiment. SERVE immediately.

You can add to this recipe: avocado, cheese, bacon, cream cheese, peppers .... have fun!! 

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Serves: 1
  • ½ medium banana
  • 1 ½ tablespoons peanut butter
  • ½ tablespoon honey (or agave)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 4 tablespoons oats (rolled or quick oats)
  • 1 tablespoon raisins (seeds or nuts)
  1. In a large microwavable mug mash the banana well with a fork.
  2. Stir in the peanut butter, milk and honey and mix well together.
  3. Add in the oats and raisins and stir until combined.
  4. Microwave for 45 seconds - 1 minute or until firm to the touch on top. (Cook time is based on my 1200 watt microwave so your timing may vary)
  5. Enjoy warm!
Notes: You can mix this mug cake up the night before and cook it off in the microwaveCooking time will vary greatly depending on your microwave and the width and depth of the mug. The mugs I use are small, roughly 6oz (¾ /1 cup)Always keep a close eye on your mug while in the microwave so it doesn’t over flow or over cook.You can add in seed or nuts also
Melissa Harrison BuzzFeed

Other overnight refrigerator oatmeal:
link to instructions to make overnight oatmeal in the refrigerator

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