Sooner than later, we will slowly exit this quarantine & get back to some sort of routine. That being said… how have your eating habits been? Good or bad… we’ve all gotten out of a normal eating pattern, so let’s take a step in the right direction. For the next handful of blogs, I’m going to highlight either breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks & showcase some go-to foods to fill your plates with while getting back to the daily grind.
Let’s start with the most important meal of the day… BREAKFAST!
When you “break” the “fast” in the morning, you want to choose a meal filled with quality carbohydrates, lean protein, high fiber, and some healthy fats. Here are some ideas to try whether you like something a little savory or a little sweet in the morning.
In a mason jar, add ½ cup of dry oats, ½ cup of unsweetened almond milk, and ¼ cup of nonfat Greek yogurt. Then add about 2 tablespoons of your favorite nut or seed, 2 tablespoons of raisins or dried fruit, and ¼ cup of chopped fresh or frozen fruit like berries, banana, mango, or kiwi. Put it in the fridge and enjoy it in the morning. Jars keep well for 4-5 days.
Veggie Omelet & Toast
Crack 2-3 eggs or a mix of eggs and egg substitute in a sprayed skillet. Add in ½ cup of your favorite chopped veggies like mushrooms, onions, peppers, and tomatoes. Top with 2 tablespoons of your favorite cheese like feta, goat, or cheddar. Enjoy with a side of whole-grain toast and jelly or peanut butter.
In a blender, mix 1-2 cups of unsweetened almond milk (or water), 1-2 cups of leafy greens like kale or spinach, ½ cup of fruit, 2 tablespoons of flaxseed, chia seeds, or nut butter plus ½ cup of nonfat Greek yogurt or 1 scoop of protein powder. Enjoy in a glass with or without ice cubes.
Also, make sure you are consuming WATER in the morning too. Coffee is okay, but don’t forget to drink that water too… you want to consume half your body weight (in pounds) in ounces over the course of the day.