Hey guys! I haven't made a post like this in a while \( Σ )\. I know that a good deal of people don't have time to make breakfast or prefer not to eat it but as you've all heard before, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Although it may be hard at first if you don't normally eat breakfast, you'll gradually become accustomed to eating in the morning. If you don't eat breakfast, I assume it's because you can't wake up early enough to make it. That's why I'm going to share these three really fast, easy, and healthy breakfast ideas.
What you'll need
- Cheerios (Honey Nut or Original, your choice)
- 1 Banana
- Greek yogurt
Add your desired amount of yogurt to a bowl. I used normal strawberry yogurt but it's preferable to use greek yogurt since it has more protein and is less processed. Greek yogurt is a little more expensive and tastes different but it's more worth it! Also, Chobani Greek Yogurt from Costco is really good and tastes better than normal yogurt since there's fruit that you can add to the plain yogurt so it's sweeter. Next, you add a chopped up banana (you can chop it up more so it's more bite sized) and two handfuls of cheerios to top it off. The banana and yogurt combination is sooo good and the cheerios add a nice texture. It's like adding toppings to a frozen yogurt!
What you'll need
- 1 Banana
- Low fat milk
This snack is also really straight forward. You just pour your desired amount of granola into a bowl, add milk, then add chopped bananas. I get my granola at my local healthy/organic grocery store and you can see chia seeds floating around in the mix too. I would also recommend low fat milk but I don't know a lot of people who drink whole milk. If you don't drink milk or are lactose intolerant, you can always substitute it for soy milk or almond milk. Really fast, really easy, and really delicious :D
Both of these breakfast ideas can also be snacks; just adjust the portions to your liking. It's more filling than cereal and milk (also less sugary, unless your cereal is cheerios) and healthier. I'd say it would take two minutes to make each of these, tops.
Now, dieting tips. These are the tips that have helped me and they may not help you, but they are still good starts to a healthier life style.
What you'll need:
- Whole grain bread
- Greek Yogurt
Mix the fruit included in the greek yogurt with the yogurt and spread it thickly on a piece of whole grain bread. That's all there is to it! If one piece of bread isn't filling enough, spread the yogurt on another piece. On the weekend when you have more time, you can toast the bread and then add the yogurt ^^
|The more greek yogurt, the better :D|
- Have a realistic goal: It doesn't matter if your goal is to give up junk food or if it is to lose five pounds; start realistic. If you make really hard goals, you end up restricting yourself more and that makes you more susceptible to relapse and start up old habits. That given, start by giving up soda or try to lose one pound and build your way up. It's a step by step process.
- Drink water: Everyone has heard this about a hundred times but it's true! If you're going to give up sweet drinks/soda, you might as well drink more water. After you wake up in the morning, drink a glass of water and then get dressed/brush your teeth/eat breakfast. Keep a water bottle on your night stand. If you can't finish a glass of water and have room for breakfast, just drink a couple gulps (✿◠‿◠)
- Watch your portions: I made a post about portions here so I'll be brief. If you're the type of person who likes to snack continuously like me, pour a few cheerios into a small container and eat them one by one so they last longer. If you like chips and can't give them up, pour a few into a container, break them in halves so they're smaller, and eat them one by one. The idea is to make them last as long as you can. Also, drink water with them (since it's usually salty) to fill up faster and get in your daily water intake
tl;dr (even though I tried to keep it short ;;) put snacks in small containers instead of eating them from the bag
- Eat more fruit/veggies: Substitute junk food for fruits and veggies instead. I eat grapes, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries (really any kind of no fuss fruit) throughout the day and keep an abundant supply of tangerines at home to eat whenever. Also, after dinner, I put a few veggies (brocolli/celery) onto a ramekin from a creme brulee I got at a cafe once and snack on them throughout the night instead of eating chips. (Does anyone else get hungry between after dinner and getting ready for bed? ヽ(´□｀。)ﾉ)
- Eat more whole grains: White bread? Forget about it. Try whole grain instead. I used to really dislike whole grain bread but it doesn't taste that different and is really good with almond butter! Also, if rice is a staple in your diet, try to switch to brown rice or cooking brown and white rice together so you it's healthier. The reason why white rice/bread is less healthy is because it's processed more and you lose the nutrients from the grain. Brown rice/whole grain bread is also usually lower in carbs and calories
- 80% 20%: This means eat 80% healthy, 20% what you want. In the course of a day, it would look something like breakfast, small healthy snack, lunch, fruit snack, a snack of your choice, dinner. Your dinner could be pizza or something as your 20% instead of a snack too but the idea is to allow yourself to indulge a little vs. strictly healthy foods. As yummy as healthy food can be, it's also nice to a little junk food (〜￣▽￣)〜