Love Breakfast Again…..
It seems when people enter a new phase of their lives where they want to get healthy, or lose weight, breakfast seems to be the trickiest meal of the day to get under control. Throughout my entire childhood I was never really a breakfast person, I would eat some toast and some instant breakfast and be on my way. Then I went through the phase of my life when breakfast usually happened around 3:00 am and was pancakes, sausage, lots of butter and syrup, hash browns with ketchup, and whatever else happened to catch my eye. (You’ve been there. You know what kind of breakfast I’m talking about.) And none of those items are that bad, if you eat them right, eat the right amount, and don’t eat them at 3:00 am after a long night of being out and about. 😉
Breakfast is not something to fear, or dread, but depending on what you eat it can either make, or break, your nutritional success for the day. If you dive into a jumbo stack of pancakes dripping in syrup, or a big bowl of sugary cereal the likely hood that you’re going to fail somewhere around 2 hours after you eat is highly likely. Keep your breakfast well rounded, and you will be a power house of success!
When choosing a breakfast cereal, you want to be aware of the refined sugar content, and the additives. If you have a choice between muesli and granola shoot for the muesli because the sugar and fat content are lower than granola. The amount of calories, and sugar, can vary greatly between brands so that is why it is just best to make your own. Not to mention more cost effective. I’m not ok with spending $4.00, or more, on a bag of muesli when I can just as easily make my own for about one quarter of the price!
If you are worried about blood sugar levels spiking for a breakfast of muesli make sure to add some milk, and a side of eggs, or low sodium bacon. Something to round out your fats, protein, and carbs. 🙂 This is also really yummy sprinkled over yogurt, or your favorite fruit. The options are limitless. Don’t let breakfast get you down. Take charge, and learn to love breakfast again! That way you can sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Cocoa Almond Muesli
By Angie Gouchenour
2 Medjool dates pitted + ½ cup water (This will make the date paste)
¼ cup cocoa almonds roughly chopped
1 cup uncooked old fashioned oats
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring or extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
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