Hit the Ground Running on a Full Tank!

29 08 2014

School is back into full swing, and what do your mornings look like? Has it been like a hectic, crazy rat race to get everyone Cathy head shotup, dressed and fed to get out the door in the morning? Are you always so worried about getting everyone else ready that you forget about yourself? Now is the time to step back, take a deep breath, and pull yourself together! If you don’t fuel up right, how can you be expected to be focused enough to keep everyone else in line?

One of the biggest complaints I hear is “I don’t have time for breakfast.” Really? I think that should be rephrased in all honesty as “I don’t MAKE time for breakfast”. Breakfast is often touted as the most important meal of the day. That is of course, an opinion, but I believe it has some merit. Our bodies need energy to take on the day that lies ahead. After fasting for about 8 hours, it is time to fuel up! We know that breakfast helps us to be more alert and focused. We also know that those who eat a healthy breakfast consume more essential nutrients on a daily basis, they may be less likely to make poor food choices throughout the day, and tend to have a healthier body weight. Isn’t that worth waking up 5 minutes earlier?

Five minutes you ask? Yes. All it takes is a little planning ahead to purchase and put together what you need for a grab and go breakfast. Some people like to get elaborate and prep things on Sunday for the entire week, but it can be as simple as boiling some eggs to keep in the fridge or keeping “wash and eat” fruit on hand.

Here are some great ideas coming to you from Ellie Krieger MS, RD and her cookbook The Food You Crave:
• Whole wheat English muffin with peanut butter and sliced banana
• Snack bag filled with dry cereal, walnuts and dried cherries
• A hard boiled egg with a tangerine and a handful of whole grain crackers
• A stick of part skim mozzarella cheese, a piece of whole grain baguette and some grapes
• Single serving container of low fat yogurt and a banana

Some other great ideas:
• Plain Greek yogurt with berries and granola (pack up the night before to take with you if needed)
• Snack baggie of dry whole grain cereal and 8oz of skim milk to drink
• Cottage cheese and fruit (in a to-go container prepped the night before)
• Refrigerator, no-cook oatmeal (see recipe)
• Whole grain muffin with a hard boiled egg and 4oz of 100% OJ
• Whole wheat pita pocket stuffed with apple slices and a slice of reduced fat cheddar cheese

For more ideas: Power_Up_with_Breakfast_REV_050212[1]

Recipe: No Cook Apple Cinnamon Refrigerator Oatmeal

Video: Muffin Tin Omelets: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfxXpm1v5j0

Now hit the ground running on a full tank!

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