Friday, January 24, 2014

Quick and Easy Breakfast

Hello Clean Eaters! I hope that these first couple of weeks have started out great for everyone. Now, we've heard it 1000x times, "BREAKFAST IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY" yet most of us are still not eating in the mornings! No matter what your excuse is, you need to make sure that you are eating breakfast. Some of the perks of eating breakfast includes:
-Better performance and concentration throughout the day
-Better weight management
-Lowered cholesterol
-Curbed hunger throughout the day

For those of you who don't have time to prepare a smorgasbord every morning, then the quick combinations I have listed below are sure to get you going:
  • Berries and nuts: no matter what the combination is, berries and nuts provide a sweet kick and an ample amount of protein to keep you full. My favorite is blueberries and almonds but since blueberries tend to be more expensive, then strawberries also work. 
    • Almonds - $2.50
    • Peanut Butter $3-$5
    • Blueberries - $2.98
    • Strawberries - $2.64
  • Bananas and almost anything: Seriously! Not only are bananas cheap but they contain potassium, fiber, and Vitamin b-6. Plus, like many other fruit, bananas are known to help lower cholesterol and ward off high blood pressure. My favorite pairing is bananas and nuts, bananas and yogurt, or bananas and quick oatmeal.
    • Bananas - .48c a lb
  • Oatmeal - old fashioned oats can be cooked in the microwave for 1-3 minutes (depending on the brand). You can put your oats in the microwave while you brush your teeth and they'll be ready when you are. My favorite toppings are dried fruit, honey, raw sugar, and peanut butter...but not all at once
    • Oatmeal - $2-3 (nonflavored, old fashioned or steel cut)
    • Honey - $3
    • Cinnamon - $3
    • Dried fruit - $2-4
  • Cereal - a breakfast classic
The prices listed above may seem steep but most of them last a while in your pantry. Feel free to try out any of these combinations for yourself in the morning because now, you have no excuse to not eat breakfast!

-Eating Clean in College

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