Properly fueling your body at the start of every day is extremely important. Here are a few smart breakfast foods to get (or keep) you on the right track:
#1 Greek Yogurt
All yogurt contains vitamin B and calcium. but Greek yogurt packs in double the protein of regular yogurt with the same amount of calories. To keep the sugars low, stick to plain Greek yogurt instead of the fruit-filled flavors. Adding your own fresh fruit to it is a better option.
#2 Fresh Fruit Salad
For those of you who don't like to eat a big breakfast, some fresh fruit might be a good option for you. Eating fruit gives you a nice dose of fiber and can help lower cholesterol.
#3 Veggie Omelet
Get your protein from the egg and your favorite veggies for your vitamins. It doesn't get much better than that!
#4 Whole Grain English Muffin w/ Peanut Butter
Your English Muffin should be 100% whole grain (100% wheat, 100% brown rice four, etc.) Make sure the peanut butter you choose only has 1 ingredient; peanuts. And if it has salt listed, that is OK too.
#5 Quinoa Cereal w/ Cinnamon
This is an option to help you steer clear of the high-sugar cereals. According to Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD, 'Quinoa is a high-protein grain used in salads and dinner entrees, but it also makes a great hot cereal option. Aside, from soy, quinoa is the only plant-based source of complete protein, meaning that it contains all of the essential amino acids.' Pair with almond milk and cinnamon for a great breakfast option!
I usually opt for the veggie omelet or Emglish Muffin with PB. Glad to see they made the list :)
What are your favorite breakfast foods?
Whenever we have overnight guests, this dish is a must! Easy and delicious - doesn't get much better than that!
- 1 egg
- 2 T milk
- 1 16 oz. can Pillsbury Grands Flaky Layers Refrigerated Original Biscuits
- 1 21 oz. package of precooked bacon (I use turkey bacon) cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 3 oz (3/4 c) shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup (4 medium) finely chopped green onions (optional)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F
- Spray 11 x 17 or 12 x 8 inch (2 qt.) glass baking dish with cooking spray
- In a large bowl, beat egg and milk with wire whisk until smooth
- Separate dough into 8 biscuits, cut each into quarters
- Gently stir biscuit pieces into egg mixture to coat evenly
- Fold in bacon, cheese, and green onions
- Spoon mixture into sprayed dish
- Arrange biscuit pieces into a single layer
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 23-28 minutes or until golden brown
- Cult into squares
I am never disappointed with the items included in my monthly Birchbox, but sometimes there is a product that I just LOVE and decide to buy the full-size after I use up my sample. The Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect is one of those products.
Using the blow dryer/straightener/curling iron on my hair is second nature to me - and my hair pays for it too. Just after a few uses of this hydrating leave-in conditioner mist, I noticed an obvious improvement in my hair. It instantly detangled my hair and made it super soft and shiny. Applying it after shampooing and conditioning, before styling provides your hair with UV protection, heat protection, color protection, and includes anti-aging elements. It is also sulfate-free, not to mention has a lovely floral scent.
How it Works
Because of the awesome results I have seen in my hair from using this product, I would recommend it to anyone! Especially if you use heat on your hair or if your hair gets a lot of sun exposure. My hair stylist even noticed a difference!
Do you have a favorite hair product?
When it comes to eating fruit, I am always confused. I hear so many conflicting reports on which fruits are best for us to eat. Women's Health Magazine recently posted an article suggesting the 4 healthiest fruits to eat. Here is what they reported:
- About 1 calorie each
- 64 calories in 1 cup
- Out of all berries, raspberries have the most hunger-crushing fiber
- Low in sugar
- High in fiber
- 82 calories per medium grapefruit
- Make you feel fuller by improving insulin resistance
- Fiber in apples slows digestion
- 4 grams of fiber per apple (mostly in the skin)
- 95 calories per medium apple
- Inhaling a green apple scent might help kick a craving by tricking your brain into thinking you've already eaten. (Say what?!)
- Contains 'resistance starch' - a type of fiber our bodies digest more slowly, keeping blood sugar stable
- Leaves you feeling fuller longer
- 105 calories per medium banana
- Pick a banana that is still a little green since during the ripening process it's starches turn into sugar (this happens with most fruits)
I am a huge lover of apples and blueberries, but after reading this, I am going to mix in some raspberries and bananas too! (I despise grapefruit)
What is your favorite fruit?
Women's Health Magazine
"The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation." - Mark Twain
I struggle to even call this a recipe because anything you like on pizza could be cooked on top of a thick slice of zucchini, so really the ingredients are up to you.
Below I will share what I chose for my toppings, but the options are endless...
- Large zucchini slices (3/4 inch thick)
- Olive oil
- Your favorite pizza sauce
- Shredded cheese
- Your choice of pizza toppings - I used pepperonis
- Preheat grill to medium-high
- Cut zucchini into 3/4 inch thick slices
- Brush both sides of zucchini with olive oil
- Grill one side of the zucchini for 7 minutes
- Remove the zucchini from the grill, placing them grill side up on a platter
- Top the grilled side of the zucchini with pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings
- Place the zucchini back on the grill for 7 minutes or so
- Remove zucchini pizzas from the grill and serve!
Recently, in the social media and blog world I have noticed the hype about Energybits. I decided to try them out and see for myself why everyone was talking about them.
Energybits are 100% organically grown spirulina algae tabs that have the highest concentration of protein in the world (64%), over 40 nutrients, and are 1 calorie per tab. They are not only suggested for runners, but anyone who is in need of a natural pick-me-up.
Since energybits are said to deliver a steady stream of energy AND they are
all natural and all without sugar, caffeine, and chemicals - I gave them a try before a 5 mile run. I took about 30 bits 10-15 minutes before my run. I didn't notice a huge difference until about the last 2 miles. I felt more energized than I normally do by the end of my run, and I can't help but think the energybits had something to do with it. So, I tried them again, using the rest of my sample tin. This time for an early morning 4 mile run. I ended up setting a PR for my 4 mile time. It wasn't a significant time change, but it worked for me.
The only downside is the bits smell a little 'fishy' - because of the algae. I decided I would just swallow them whole with water, without chewing. That worked for me, and I had no issues with taste or smell after my initial whiff. Remember though, they are bits of food - not pills.
Algae has been used by Olympic athletes for over 50 years, but is still virtually unknown in the USA and Canada. We are the first company to bring algae to national attention as a high protein, high performance snack food for athletes and active consumers.
I ran my first 5k on 8/17/13. The race was part of Noblesville Fit Fest. There were 6 different events to participate in, with a limit of 500 participants. For the 5k race there were 102 finishers.
The events to choose from were:
1. Sprint Triathlon: 400 yd Swim/20.6K Bike/5K Run
2. Sprint Duathlon: 1K Run/20.6K Bike/5K Run
3. Sprint Aquabike: 400m Swim/20.5K Bike
4. 5K Run/Walk: 3.1 Miles
5. Kids Aquathon: Ages 4-6, 7-11 & 12-14
6. Sprint Aquathon: 400 meter Swim/5k Run
I was quite impressed with the race packet each participant received. It had lots of coupons and freebies, including an event t-shirt and a few yummy Clif bars.
My 5k race results are as follows:
- 27:03 official time
- 1st out of 4 in age group
- 10th out of 63 women
- 30th out of 102 finishers
My only goal was to run the entire race at a sub 9 minute mile pace, which I did! My husband is training with me and his official time for the 5k was 27:08. We really push each other during training, so it was awesome to have him encouraging me throughout the race!
Funny story... after the race, we checked out some of the local vendors that had tents set up for the festival part of the event, and then left soon afterward. The awards weren't going to be given out until 3 hours after we finished the 5k. We didn't really mind leaving considering we had no idea what place we finished. All we knew were our times (we both ran a PR!!), and that was good enough for us. The next day, a friend of mine who is a runner, messaged me that I finished first in my age group. I thought he was joking, but turns out he was right. Apparently, I would have received an award if we would have stuck around. Looking back, I wish I would have paid more attention, since it was my first race, but I am happy with how I felt during the race and how I finished - that's what matters to me. Although, I can't help but wonder what the award would have been :)
Also funny... I forgot to stop my Garmin watch at the end of the race. Lovely. So, I had to look online for my official time. I know, I know, I am such a newbie.
I honestly think that setting smaller goals, such as a 5k race, 10k race, and 15k race help motivate me to keep up with my training for the half marathon in May. Right now, May seems like a long time from now, and I don't want to get complacent in my training, especially over the winter. We are registered for a local 10k race in October, which I am really excited about!
Are you signed up for any races?