Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day

Haley MillerNutrition & Recipe

Rise and shine…….it’s time to take on the day.  Now that you’re up, it’s time to focus on the most important meal of the day, breakfast.  You may be a person who spends very little or no time and thought on what you are going to eat in the morning.  Some of you may skip breakfast all together.  This is a big mistake, especially when you’re trying to lose fat.

You need to eat breakfast within an hour of waking up to rev up your body engines so you burn fat throughout your day.  Eating breakfast (fueling up in the morning) increases your over all energy and your ability to focus too!  Chose a breakfast that is balance between protein, a small amount of healthy fat and a small amount of complex carbohydrates.  This will keep your blood sugar levels stable and provide you with the top of the line fuel for your day.  You will find that you have less cravings and more energy throughout your day, especially if you continue to fuel your body with a balance of protein, good fats and complex carbs in small meals every 3 to 4 hours throughout your day.

 If you find it hard to get breakfast, check out these simple recipes to get you started:

Breakfast of Champions:
*1 cup Steel-Cut Oats
*4 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
*2 Medium Apples, Chopped
*1 teaspoon Coconut Oil
*1 teaspoon Cinnamon
*1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
*Dab of Honey or Pinch of Stevia
*Splash of Lemon Juice

Directions:
Add all ingredients to your slow cooker. Stir. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.  Give it a good stir. Top with your favorite toppings. I like fresh chopped apples or berries. Store leftovers in fridge for up to 1 week. To reheat add a splash of almond milk and heat up in microwave. Makes 5 servings
Almond Energy Bites:
* ⅔ cup creamy almond butter
* ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
* 1 cup old fashioned oats
* ½ cup ground flax seeds
* 2 tablespoons honey
Directions:
Combine all 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes so they are easier to roll. Roll into 12 bites and store in the fridge for up to a week. 2 balls = 1 serving
Banana Nut Squares:
*½ very ripe banana
*2 whole eggs
*¼ cup cottage cheese
*½ cup rolled oats
*2 cups walnut flour
*1 scoop vanilla protein powder
*¼ tsp baking soda
*1/8 tsp salt
*Coconut oil cooking spray
*¼ tsp cinnamon
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat baking loaf pan with cooking oil spray. Whisk eggs together in a
bowl and add cottage cheese and bananas. Stir in oats, walnut meal, baking soda, protein powder, salt,
and cinnamon. Pour mixture into loaf pan and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Makes 4
serving.
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