Quick Breakfasts to Rev you up for a Happy and Healthy Day!Posted: August 20, 2013
Lizzie Myers, August 20, 2013
Your mother wasn’t lying to you: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A hearty breakfast gives you energy so you can start the day right. It also kick starts your metabolism for the rest of the day, so your body is prepared to digest any food you put into it. Without breakfast, your body feels starved and your metabolism slows down to conserve energy. For those dieters who feel that they are “saving calories” by skipping an AM meal, this tactic has been proven to backfire. After not eating over night, you need some nourishment. Forgoing breakfast will cause you to become famished by lunchtime, often resulting in an afternoon binge fest.
Unfortunately, breakfast time is also your sleepiest and most hectic time of the day. Maybe you hit snooze one too many times, or perhaps you’re busy packing lunches and getting the kids to school on time, but no matter what your mornings tend to look like, making yourself a healthy breakfast is a rare occurrence. Don’t just grab yourself a granola bar and hurry out the door; take just 10 or 15 minutes to make something healthy and delicious! It will be your very first accomplishment of the day.
Try these quick recipes from Prevention.com to start:
Mex-illent Egg Sandwich
Forget fried eggs; nuke one up in the microwave in 60 seconds flat for a new spin on huevos.
PREP TIME: 5 minutes TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes SERVINGS: 1
What you’ll need: 1 whole-wheat English muffin; 1 Tbsp salsa; 1 egg; 1 Tbsp shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese; 1 tsp diced fresh cilantro
BEAT one egg in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds on high, stir the egg, and microwave for another 30 seconds.
SPREAD salsa on bottom half of muffin.
TOP with egg, cilantro, and cheese.
TOAST in toaster oven until cheese melts.
TOP with other muffin half.
NUTRITION (per serving) 237 cal, 14 g pro, 29 g carb, 5 g fiber, 8 g fat, 3 g sat fat, 529 mg sodium
This delicious drink is packed with satisfying protein and bone-building calcium.
PREP TIME: 5 minutes TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes SERVINGS: 2
What you’ll need: ¾ c part-skim ricotta cheese ¾ c 1% chocolate milk ¼ c chopped pecans ½ banana 2 Tbsp low-fat vanilla yogurt 2 tsp ground flaxseed 2 tsp chocolate whey protein powder 6 ice cubes
Blend together all ingredients.
NUTRITION (per serving) 344 cal, 20 g pro, 27 g carb, 4 g fiber, 19 g fat, 6 g sat fat, 190 mg sodium
For more quick and nutritious breakfast recipes, visit http://www.prevention.com/food/cook/fast-and-healthy-breakfast-ideas