Everyone who is even remotely interested in health and fitness knows by now that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I always skipped it. I was never hungry in the morning and just settled for my morning coffee to get me through to lunch. Problem is, I never made it to lunch and was famished by 10:30 in the morning. This of course led to eating whatever was closest (usually something from a vending machine). That's right. I was a breakfast "chump"-ion for a long time. But not anymore, thanks to some suggestions from my dietician Dave Grotto.
The problem was solved when Dave suggested that I make a smoothie with some healthy ingredients. I liked the idea so I gave it a try and it worked. I had no heavy feeling i usually associated with breakfast and was getting some much needed nutrients. The ingredients in the picture, from left to right are as follows:
1. Scoop of Whey Protein (available at most health food stores. I bought a huge 5lb bag for only $30 and change from Sams Club. Read about the health benefits here http://www.wheyoflife.org/
2. Ground Flax seeds (available at most health food stores as well. This is used to get my fiber intake up. Again, I bought a big tub from Sams for like $10. Read about the health benefits of flax here http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/flaxseed.htm
3. Frozen Blueberries
back row from left:
4. Whole Banana
5. 1 1/2 cups of Skim Milk w Vitamin A and C added (most milk has these vitamins added)
I also add 2 fish oil pills (10 calories each) and a Mens Multivitamin supplement pill (0 calories). All together this "meal" is only 484 calories. Dave wants me at around 500-600 calories for breakfast, so I might add 12 unsalted almonds or pistachios to top it off. I can easily make it to lunch on this concoction and it tastes really good.
Do you have any healthy breakfast suggestions? If so, I'd love to hear them. Have a great day and I'll see everyone on Monday. I'll be talking about the benefits of gum chewing to curb the appetite so check back!