Monday, July 11, 2011


Breakfast-the most important meal of the day
What you choose for breakfast can make--or break your calorie intake for the rest of the day.  Eating too heavily can use up too much of your calorie budget, but not eating enough can set your up for being behind the eight ball all day; extra hungry and overeating for lunch and dinner.  Additionally, skipping breakfast overall will decrease your metabolism for the rest of the day, seriously counterproductive!
So, what should you eat for breakfast?  Light mixes of protein and carbs are best, with an eye to whole foods, not processed.  Below I've listed a few options that will be great, energizing and healthy breakfasts that will keep you feeling full with a reasonable calorie count:
*Nature valley granola bar + banana=290 calories
*1 piece whole grain toast+ 1 TBSP peanut butter+fruit (can vary depending on your fruit option/1 cup berries or whole fruit like nectarine or apple or similar)=280 calories
*1 egg, 1 piece whole grain toast, 1 piece of fruit=210 calories
*Oatmeal (heart healthly portion is 3/4 cup dry)+ 1 cup berries (YUM!!) 194 calories
*Lowfat cottage cheese (1 cup of 1%) + 1 cup berries  247 calories
There is really no reason to be hungry when you eat healthier options like these.  I whole cup of berries is only 84 calories!!  I mean if you're hungry, grab a cup!  You will not ruin your day with choices like this!  Plus, you're getting all sorts of antioxidants and phytonutrients. 

Now, go have a healthy breakfast, and have a great week!  Melissa

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