Today starts off a 2 week nutrition challenge with Maryland Plaza's lululemon athletica. Our intentions are set and goals are clear. We aren't looking for quick-fixes, just committing to a few basic nutrition habits that majorly pay off.
So the first challenge criteria? #breakfasteverydamnday
Make it a mix of carbohydrate, protein, and fat and you've set a positive tone for the rest of your day. Whether you rise early for a workout or rush out the door, eating no more than 3 hours of waking allows for better concentration, makes you less irritable, gives you more energy for an afternoon workout, decreases impulsive snacking, and improves the quality of your diet. If you are trying to shed pounds, dieters who skip breakfast gain weight over time. Not hungry when you wake up? Check out how much you eat before bed, late nights happen to us all. Eating less before sleep may help you wake up feeling more rested and more likely to enter a healthy eating pattern for the day.
Here are a few of my fave breakfasts that show our busiest days what's up and can fit into almost any gym bag or carry-all:
-peanut butter and honey sandwich on whole grain bread
-packets of high fiber oatmeal to make at work
- equal parts oats and milk soaked overnight in a jar + fresh fruit and nuts on top in the morning
- smoothie made with banana, berries, milk, and nuts ; seal in a jar
-banana and latte
- tofu, milk, stevia, frozen berries blended (more protein than greek yogurt, holler) + top with extra frozen blues
Be your own breakfast advocate. With a little less than 2 minutes of planning, mornings will have nothing on you.