Friday, March 1, 2013

Breakfast On the Go!

Start your day with protein (in the form of meat, seafood, eggs, nuts), carbs (in the form of fruit, veggies) and quality fats (in the form of avocado, nuts, olive oil and coconut oil). Protein will stabilize our blood sugar when coupled with a carb. Eating a carb alone will only yield a short amount of energy and spike our blood sugar (which is not good for our body); while protein will keep us going for hours, and satiate us much longer. Also, for the girls that workout, protein is extremely important for rebuilding muscle tissue and quicker recovery. 

Here are my personal favorite breakfast meals and snacks when I have:

5-10 minutes: easy to enjoy in the car or when you get ready in the morning.
  • smoothie made with protein powder, almond or coconut milk, berries and banana. 
    • Sweet tip: add a splash of almond extract or honey. 
time to relax and enjoy:
  • eggs with shrimp, sautéed veggies and avocado, topped with pico de gallo.
mid-late morning hungerthese quick snacks/meals are great to have in your purse, car and work desk. For easy transport, carry these items in ziplock baggies!
  • fruits and veggies: apple slices with cinnamon, celery with almond butter, carrots, bell pepper slices, banana (all travel well)
  • homemade trail mix: raw cashews, pistachios, walnuts, almonds and/or pecans; dried fruit; unsweetened coconut. 
  • bars such as Lara, Kind, or Trio (gluten and lactose-free are ideal). An easy homemade bar recipe can be found here.

Courtney Schwagler, RD
Registered Dietician

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