A few weeks ago my friend Kelsey texted me and told me that she was about to start a 2 week boot-camp at Corepower Yoga and desperately needed some healthy food ideas since participants were highly encouraged to keep a food journal and follow a healthy meal plan to maximize their results.
One of the first things I ask people when they ask for healthy food ideas is what they’re eating for breakfast. I’ve said it 4857948 times on this blog but I truly believe breakfast is the most important meal and sets the tone for your entire day of eating. So when Kelsey (calling you out sorry) told me she’d been eating a frozen Special K Breakfast Sandwich for breakfast for the past like 6 months I almost died.
I immediately went online to check out the ingredients (because I’m psycho) in these breakfast sandwiches and please just listen to the ingredients in the “egg” portion of the sandwich: Scrambled egg patty (whole eggs, whey, egg whites, nonfat milk, soybean oil, modified food starch, dicalcium phosphate, salt, sodium bicarbonate, xanthan gum, guar gum, citric acid [to promote color retention], pepper, soy lecithin). SAY WHAT?!?!?!?!?
An egg patty should have 1 ingredient: egg!
For me breakfast has to be the following:
- Something healthy
- Something filling
- Something super easy or something I can make ahead of time like egg muffins or overnight oats
I’m a firm believer that breakfast sets the tone for your entire day. Fueling your body in the morning not only jump starts your metabolism but also helps you make better food choices throughout the day.
So what does a proper breakfast contain? Healthy fats, protein and healthy carbs! An example being my favorite breakfast EVER right now: cinnamon breakfast sweet potatoes (carbs), 1/2 avocado (fats) and 2 eggs (protein). Yes it’s a ton of food BUT guess who isn’t reaching for a sugary latte or doughnut at work….THIS GIRL!
I’ve talked a lot about how I’m taking some time to honor my body and cut back on my workouts but what I haven’t touched on is what I’m doing with my food intake.
I’ve done a ton of research (googling) on what to eat to help balance your hormones and consuming enough healthy fats seems to be one of the best things you can do as a natural remedy.
More avocados, almond butter, coconut oil, salmon…. YES PLEASE!
In my attempts to add more healthy fats into my diet I consulted the bible aka Run Fast Eat Slow* the incredible cookbook for athletes by Olympic marathoner Shalane Flanagan & chef Elyse Kopecky and found myself fascinated with their views on healthy fats and their role in keeping the body balanced. Just listen…
I have a very love/ hate relationship with protein powder.
After I run or lift weights I always have a protein shake to help my muscles recover and build themselves back stronger than ever. I truly see a huge difference in my work out progress when I regularly consume protein powder BUT drinking the same shake over and over again can get old.
Until very recently I hadn’t even thought to mix things up and instead of drinking a boring shake maybe using some protein powder in things like cookies, pancakes, muffins, energy balls…etc.
But after receiving a couple of requests on ways to incorporate protein powder into your diet without making a shake/ smoothie I was very intrigued to broaden my protein powder horizons.
To provide you all with the most ideas possible I reached out to my fabulous friends in my blogging community for a little help.
Avocado lovers…boy do I have a treat for you today!
After seeing avocado pudding recipes all over social media and even on the Kardashian’s I knew I had to try it myself to see if it really lived up to the hype!
Well spoiler alter…IT’S DELICIOUS and so incredibly easy to make!!!!!
Avocado pudding is meat to be a healthy, filling breakfast but I have loved having it as a snack too. Actually I’m currently sitting on my couch watching NFL Red Zone eating avocado pudding as dinner cooks in my crockpot. Holy hell am I 90 years old?
Quick football tangent…How on earth did the Chargers lose that game?!?! I’m still upset! Maybe I’ll have another bowl of avocado pudding to make it better—-yep!
What you eat for breakfast sets the tone for your entire day.
Think about it…
If you start your day with a doughnut and sugary coffee you’re going to be a lot less likely to eat healthy throughout the rest of that day. I don’t know about you but when I start my day wrong my mind immediately goes to “SCREW IT MODE” and I just figure I’ll get back on track the next day. Hello cheat day that turns into cheat week that turns into 20 unwanted pounds.
You guys, I’m telling you simply starting your day off with something healthy makes a world of difference in your energy, food cravings and overall mindset.
Let’s talk eggs!
To eat the yolk or not to eat the yolk…that is the question!
Personally, I’m 100% pro yolk. Egg yolks have a bad reputation for being high in cholesterol but let’s clear things up.
Recent studies have shown little to no link between dietary cholesterol (found in eggs) and high blood cholesterol levels. The real issue with high cholesterol is the consumption of saturated and trans fats.
It’s crazy isn’t it that people don’t even blink an eye before eating a giant slice of pizza or a doughnut but they hear egg yolks and freak out!
The egg yolk actually has some incredible health benefits, for example:
- Yolks contain 7 vitamins: A, D, E, K, B6, B12 and Folate- Did you know egg yolks are one of the only foods where Vitamin D is found naturally? Source
- Contains minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, sodium, selenium and chromium (more on chromium below)
- Contains carotenoids (lutein and zeaxanthin) that promote eye health
- Contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids- The GOOD fats!
- Helps reduce LDL cholesterol (bad) and raise HDL cholesterol (good)
TGIF! TGIF! TGIF!
Happy Friday! Who else is excited that it’s the weekend?
This week was crazy busy and I’m so ready to relax and unwind. Thankfully, I discovered overnight oats which has allowed me to still eat healthy despite being crazy busy.
Honestly, if you haven’t jumped on the overnight oats bandwagon now is the time!
I posted a recipe for very basic overnight oats awhile back (aka the easiest breakfast EVER). I’m addicted! I’ve had overnight oats for breakfast every single day since that post.
Recently I’ve been seeing recipes for overnight oats using protein powder all over Pinterest so figured…why not give it a try?
Breakfast is the most important meal of the entire day. Think about it…you are literally “breaking” the “fast” your body has been in all night by eating. Getting your body out of that fasted state jump starts your metabolism so you efficiently burn calories all day long.
That being said, how many of you actually eat a healthy breakfast on a consistent basis?
I sure don’t.
I’m a hot mess in the morning and can hardly handle putting creamer in my coffee much less cooking breakfast.