Thursday, February 23, 2012

Most Important Meal of the Day

Fort Collins is known for having amazing breakfast places. Luckily for me, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, so I get to indulge in some amazing early morning meals on the regular. My favorite place to go is called Snooze! Its known for its creative pancakes, like red velvet and sweet potato. But my favorite thing to get there is their Bella Benny (veggie benedict) It’s a poached egg on a whole wheat english muffin with kale, white beans, avocado and their famous hollandaise sauce. YUMMY! And they serve delicious coffee in giant, huggy mugs. You know, the ones where you wrap both your hands around its warm sides and hug it close to your body. Yep, makes your coffee all the better! If I could start every morning like this, it would be a dream come true. But unfortunately, I don’t have the time (or money!). So making breakfast at home is my next best option. 

The Bella Benny :) Delish!

Not only is breakfast my favorite meal of the day because it’s the tastiest but it is also the most important meal of the day, especially if you are trying to control your weight. Research has shown that when skipping breakfast it lowers your metabolism making it hard for your body to burn calories later in the day. When you skip breakfast you feel ravenous and tend to reach for quick high calorie snacks from the vending machine or office kitchen come mid-morning. 
Eating a healthy breakfast can help you make healthier choices throughout your day, as well. Choosing a breakfast that is high in protein, fiber and fruits/ veggies will keep you satisfied all morning which will help you manage weight and control your hunger.  Stay away from meals that are high in sugar, like pastries and baked goods and limit the amount of fats from meats like bacon and sausage. Use a substitute like turkey sausage, which usually only has 60 calories and 3g fat, to fill this craving. Not eating breakfast can increase your risk for obesity and decreases your drive for physical activity. 
I understand, it can be difficult to make time in the morning to make yourself a healthy breakfast but your body will thank you for it if you do. Whether you are skipping breakfast to cut calories or save time, you may want to reconsider, especially if you are trying to maintain your weight. 
1 slice whole wheat toast
1 egg (fried or hard boiled)
1/4 avacoado
1 handful spinach or kale
Toast the bread. Fry the egg. Layer it! Toast, spinach, egg, avo and salt and pepper! 

Mini Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins
Serving Size 3 muffins
Calories 78 Protein 5 Carbs 17 Fat 1g
1 1/4 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup blueberries, rinsed and drained
Ingreidents for icing
1/3 cup confectioner sugar
2 tsp water
1 tsp milk
1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix in milk, egg, and oil; mix just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in blueberries. Fill pam sprayed muffin cups 3/4 full with batter.
2. add oats to top
3. Bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes.
4. Combine Icing ingredients together and drizzle over the top

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