Sunday, July 14, 2019

Back to School Breakfast

     When it comes to "Back to School", they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Study's are showing more and more that starting your day right greatly impacts health, and over all performance.  At all costs, please avoid sugary cereal, or other high sugar foods to break your fast.  When we let our kids fill up on these empty calories, it leads to a sugar crash late morning (also make sure to avoid this problem at lunch as well).  However, when your start with a beautiful combination of protein and complex carbs, research has shown improved test scores, increased ability to solve complex problems, sustained energy, less sick days, more class participation, less propensity for obesity and better concentration.  If that doesn't convince you to feed your kids well, I don't know what will.  And don't forget these same principles apply to mom and dad also.  Child obesity has tripled since 1970, 1 in 5 kids ages 6-19 are obese.  We can't change genetics, but we can control our diet and activity level.  Prevention is the best cure for our children, as well as ourselves.  When parents are obese, there is an increased likely hood that children will be overweight or obese.  Let's help our children by helping ourselves to health, set the example for the next generation, their lives depend on it.  In good health, paige

     Protein Pancakes~ Search Pancakes on my blog for other recipe ideas.

     2 Extra Large Hard Boiled Eggs with 2 pieces Turkey Bacon~I have a magic trick for the perfect Hard Boiled Egg.  Add Eggs and enough water to cover in saucepan, bring to boil.  When starts to boil, turn off heat, but leave the pot on burner, add the lid and set timer for 12-15 minutes, depending on how dry you like your yolk.  Remove from heat and rinse with cool water to stop cooking process.  Perfection every time.  And when it comes to Bacon, I lay a slice on a paper towel folded in half and put in the microwave for one minute.  No grease and no mess.  This snack weighs in at 230 calories, zero carbs and 20g protein.  Use your favorite seasoning on your Eggs, such as Everything Bagel Seasoning.

     1/2 cup Cottage Cheese, stirred with 8oz container Kroger Carb Masters Yogurt, and 1/4 cup diced Berries, topped with 1 Tablespoon chopped nuts or sliced Almonds.  This snack weighs in at 235 calories, 12g net carbs and 25g protein.

     Cheesecake Filling~ 7oz 5% Fage Greek Yogurt stirred with one scoop Protein Powder (flavor of your choice), topped with a teaspoon of Lily's Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips!  This is a very decadent treat and one that is sure to cure a sweet tooth~think Cheesecake filling!  #yummo The big difference is in the macros, 277 calories, 9g net carbs and 43g protein.  Think of all the flavor combinations you could come up with...and can you believe that protein powerhouse of a dessert!  :)

     1/2 diced Quest Protein Bar with 1oz (about 24) Almonds~this simple little mixture is so fun to eat and easy to whip together.  I simply dice half of a Quest Protein Bar into 24 pieces and toss that with 1oz Almonds, and slowly eat one piece of Protein Bar bit with one Almond.  This snack weighs in at 253 calories, 4.5g net carbs and 16g protein.

For further ideas on Back to School Lunches, here is a link to my post covering some great ideas to get started!!!  

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