Friday, September 21, 2018

Invite the Fab Four to Breakfast!

Breakfast is important; after all, it's the breaking of your nighttime fast. It should provide enough nutrition energy, mental focus, and appetite management to get you through the first part of your day. But this is where most American breakfasts fail. Whole-grain bagels, bran muffins, instant oatmeal, and fruit smoothies are low on nutrition and high on glycemic load. The sugar spike they induce will leave you flat in a few hours.

Build your breakfast primarily from the Fab Four - protein, fat, phytonutrients and fiber. That takes the most common breakfast foods (cereal and pastries) out of the equation. Try these three breakfast options to hit the mark on the Fab Four.

This Quick Trick Snack Stack is from Pilar Gerasimo at Experience Life magazine. Eat this with milk instead of a bowl of cereal. (You may want to click on the picture below to enlarge & read it more easily.)

Try a veggie scramble.

Start with sauteed or roasted cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, or broccoli. You can also add a root vegetable, such as carrot or beet, squash or sweet potato for additional substance. Stir in one to three eggs depending on your energy needs appetite. Finish with a snipped leafy vegetable, combining until wilted.

Load up with a protein shake.

Start with a low-sugar fruit such as blueberries or cranberries. Combine with veggies such as cucumber, zucchini or de-stemmed leafy greens. Add in the protein & fat - walnuts, yogurt, nut butter or seeds. Combine with dairy or nut milk or water to reach the desired consistency. Experiment to find the combinations that work for you. You can add unsweetened protein powder, collagen or supergreens, if you like. Just go easy on the fruit and strive to include the Fab Four in each breakfast shake.

A good breakfast wards off energy dips, brain fog and afternoon cravings. 
Start your day with the Fab Four everyday. 

Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Your Fab Four this week

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