Monday, November 15, 2010

Fuel your body with breakfast

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.  Do you eat it regularly?

Breafast is simply breaking the fast.  You have been fasting since your last meal, your body needs to replinish the calories and your blood sugar is low.  Your body needs the fuel to keep going.  So it needs to be fed first thing when you wake.

When you eat breakfast you:

 have better mental clarity  I dont know about you, but I need all the help I can get!  You will be more focused, able to be more productive at work or school.

will be able to maintain a healthy weight  Did you know that people that don't eat breakfast have a tendency to eat more calories throughout the day? 

have a better chance of preventing diabetes According to the American Heart Association, breakfast eaters are less likely to develop diabetes.

have a better mood  Skipping breakfast can lead to feeling tired, irritable, and even depressed.

have higher energy levels eating a balanced breakfast will give you the energy you need to get through your day.

are a good expample for your family now is the time to instill good eating habits for your kids and the rest of your family.

So what do you eat for breakfast?  You definitely do not want a sugar and fat loaded breakfast.  Eat a sensible breakfast that will fuel your body with the necessary vitamins and minerals our bodies need.

Some good breakfast choices:

Oatmeal, or other grain cereals with fruit and nuts.  I love to make my oatmeal with water and then add in some sliced fruit (bananas, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are my faves), a few sliced almonds, a dash of cinnamon and tsp of pure maple syrup and top with a splash of almond milk. YUM!

Fruit smoothie. throw your favorite fruits in the blender add in juice or almond milk, some stevia and blend to your hearts desire.  If you use frozen fruit, you don't have to add ice!

Egg or tofu scramble.  add in veggies with a touch of olive oil and saute til almost done.  Add in your eggs or tofu and cook until done.  You can also put this in a wrap with a slice of the Morningstar  Farms bacon alternative and a little salsa.

Peanut Butter toast or wrap. I love using a whole wheat or Ezekial wrap and smothering it with peanut butter ( 1 tbsp) and adding sliced bananas.  roll it up and take it with you, so quick and easy!

Cereal with almond milk  Be sure to choose a healthy cereal, not a sugary one.  Check your labels.  Add in some sliced fruit for a little extra taste treat!

Shakeology. I can't forget my absolute favorite breakfast of all time!  Today I had 4 oz of water, 4 oz of silk nog and 1 tbsp peanut butter mixed in my chocolate shakeology.  YUM!!

Now you have a few ideas of quick and easy breakfast and you can start your day off on the right foot.  Your body will thank you!

Discussion:  What is YOUR favorite breakfast?