by Latrice Marie Winston
The Importance of BREAKFAST
Before I began my weight loss journey I had no idea how important breakfast is.
I often would succumb to a routine of eating a big lunch and dinner, thinking that I would lose weight because I was eating less total calories. I was completely wrong and I was destroying my natural metabolism! Your metabolism is important because it determines how quickly you burn calories, the faster it runs the more calories you burn while doing absolutely nothing!
Research show that the people who are most successful at weight loss eat a healthy breakfast within one hour of waking up. They also consume three energizing and metabolism boosting ingredients that every breakfast should consist of:
1. Whole grains
2. Lean proteins
3. Fruits or vegetables
One of my favorite breakfast recipes is a Greek Yogurt Parfait. It takes only a few minutes to assemble, plus it’s delicious!
This recipe contains only 215 calories and has a good amount of protein at 14 grams.
• 1 cup of greek yogurt
•1/3 cup of fresh fruit
•1-1/2 tbsp of granola or protein cereal (I like Kashi Go Lean Crunch)
Mix fresh fruit and yogurt together then add granola or protein cereal on top! Yum.
If you have more time try this spin on traditional oatmeal!
Power Oatmeal Pancakes
Serves 4 people and makes 12 pancakes
3 pancakes are 274 calories and have 16g of protein.
•2 1/2 cups of dry rolled oats
•6 egg whites
•1 cup low fat milk
•1tbsp ground flaxseed
•1tbsp safflower oil
•1 tsp baking powder
•1 tsp vanilla
1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend for 20 seconds. (If no blender, stir ingredients together by hand.)
2. Spray griddle with cooking spray then heat over medium heat.
3. Pour 1/4 cup of batter on griddle. Cook until pancakes are dry and bubbly on top and sides. Turn and brown the other side.
4. Top with unsweetened applesauce or mixed fruit and then ENJOY!! (Hint stay away from the heavy syrup)