Eat These Breakfast Foods to Lose Weight

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I like to say, the morning is the most important time of the day. Because how you start your morning can determine how the rest of your day goes. See my How to Wake Up Early and Work Out, or How to become a Morning Person posts. Try these breakfast foods to start your day out healthy, increase the likelihood you make healthier decisions later, and to lose weight.

Avocado Toast

There is a reason this breakfast food is trending right now, and it’s not just because it pictures nicely. Avocado toast is a great breakfast for losing weight. Avocado is full of healthy fats. Plus, when on top of a whole wheat slice of bread, you’ll be full for hours. A great bread options is Ezekiel sprouted bread. Feel free to add a little butter and sauce for taste (just be mindful of serving sizes)!

Steel Cut Oats

Steel Cut Oats are a great way to start your day.  Jam-packed with protein, this breakfast will keep you feeling full until lunch. A great brand is Urban Remedy. This is the best Raw Steel Cut Oatmeal I’ve ever had. It tastes more like a dessert than healthy breakfast!

Egg Toast

To make an egg over easy, and so you get the most yolk out of it: heat your pan on low and cover your egg with a lid. Cook it for a few minutes, keep a watchful eye as you don’t want to over cook it. Toast a slice of bread (like the one mentioned above), put some healthy butter on it, and your egg on top. This breakfast is nutritious and delicious.

Healthy Dessert Ideas

When trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy diet, dessert is important. You don’t want to feel like you’re depriving yourself of all things sweet, as it will just increase the likelihood you overindulge later. But instead of the chocolate cake starring at you in Safeway, you can opt for healthy desserts that don’t ruin all the hard work you put in at the gym earlier. The following healthy desserts are all under 200 calories per serving.

Sorbet

Vanilla Frozen Yogurt with Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

This is a healthy version of chocolate chip ice cream, and you still get the chocolate. Find a frozen yogurt that has minimal ingredients and don’t overload on the chocolate chips. This dessert works best with mini chocolate chips, too.

Banana with Peanut Butter and Coconut Flakes/or Mini Chocolate Chips

Peanut butter AND chocolate? Need I say more? My favorite way to enjoy this snack is to cut the banana long ways,add a peanut butter layer, then sprinkle my ingredient of choice on top. By cutting into with a fork to eat, it feels more like dessert!

Sorbet

For ice cream lovers out there, switching to sorbet can be a game changer. Unlike ice cream, which is cream based, sorbets are water based making them much healthier and they still taste great!

Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds

This is considered the healthiest dessert one can have. This is due to the immense health benefits of both dark chocolate and almonds. But, be warned, over eating this healthy dessert is easy as a serving size is roughly 4-6 pieces.

Ezekiel Toast with Whipped Cream Cheese and Jam

Ezekiel bread is sprouted whole grain bread with less ingredients then the generic stuff. Opt for non-fat whipped cream cheese and a low ingredient jam.

 

How to Drink More Water

The amount of water we drink can be seen both internally and externally. But, many find it hard to drink as much as recommended.  It’s recommended you drink 64 ounces daily, more if you workout. Thankfully, there are numerous ways to up your water intake.

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Fruit Infused Water

Adding fruit to your water is a great way to add some flavor. There are many combinations of fruit you can try. Some popular ones are: strawberry and lemon, lemon and cucumber, or strawberry and blueberry.

Another way of getting flavored water is buying it. Careful when it comes to this as many brands are filled with artificial sugars and preservatives. A great flavored water is hint water. This water has zero sweeteners, preservatives, calories or GMOs. You can buy them in bulk at Costco, so you always have some ready to go!

Sparkling Water

Sparkling water goes great with dinner. It is so easy to convince yourself this stuff is soda, especially if you buy the kind that comes in a can. Flavored sparkling water is also zero calories, and doesn’t have any added sweeteners or preservatives.

Chocolate Milk

Chocolate milk is super hydrating, which is why it is often recommended after workouts.

Fruits

Most fruits have tons of water in them. We’re talking to you: strawberries, watermelon, grapes, celery, and pineapple. So if you add some fruit to your day not only are you getting the vitamins and minerals, but you’re also getting some H2O!

What I Eat in a Day

Many ask what one should eat in a day. Of course, every day is different. But, as a person who likes to stick to routine, there are consistencies in my diet that I credit to helping me stay on track.

7:30 AM

I start every morning with coffee. I use SO Delicious Coconut Creamer in French Vanilla. You can purchase this creamer at many grocery stores such as Target and Whole Foods.

8:00 AM

Most mornings, I’ll drink 16 oz. of water filled with chia seeds, flax seeds, and hemp seeds, the seed mix (found here). I let it sit overnight, the chai seeds get larger and soft. This ‘water’ is full of nutrients. I sip it while getting ready for work and it’s a great start to my day.

Other mornings I’ll do a protein shake or green smoothie. I try to start with something light and healthy.

9:30 AM

After walking to work I get hungry again and will typically reach for greek yogurt and granola. If I can’t find that in the work fridge I’ll reach for the Urban Remedy Steel Cut Oatmeal. Both are super filling!

12:30 PM

Lunch is always different. Sometimes I’ll have a salad (Asian chicken is my favorite), a protein box from Starbucks, or a sandwich. I am too lazy to pack a lunch so I usually go to whatever is close to work and cheap. I always try to stay on the healthy side!

3:30 PM

I try to stick to fruit and nuts for this snack. By now, I’ve typically consumed a little over 1000 calories and I don’t want to eat too much before my big dinner later.

6:30 PM

Dinner time! I have about five go to dinner recipes. I usually make a bowl of some kind. It may be a taco salad (ground turkey), a chicken and quinoa bowl, or salmon and veggies. I always have a green smoothie with dinner which helps me reach that full feeling.

8:00 PM

I finish every night off with a cup of chamomile tea with a hint of honey and a chocolate protein bar. I try to stick to lower calorie bars like Think Thins fiber protein bar (150 calories).

I find this tends to bring me to around 1600 calories which is my usual goal when working out. Of course, I eat out with friends and drink once or twice a week where I go over this caloric goal which is why I try to be more modest other nights.

Sincerely,

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Dinner Ideas when trying to Lose Weight

When you’re trying to lose weight, you need a delicious dinner that is low calorie, nutritious, and filling. I’ve spent a good amount of time (and money) finding recipes that leave me feeling full while helping me lose (or maintain a healthy) weight. Keep reading for three yummy and healthy dinner recipes!

Taco Salad

I get made fun of for how often I make this dish. I just don’t get tired of it! To cook this yummy dinner you need:

  • Ground Turkey and taco seasoning
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Bell Pepper

I also typically add Jalapeño and Tapatío because I love my spice! You can also add seasoned brown rice to add some carbs, too. A typical serving for me is 3/4 cup of the meat/veggie mix over chopped up lettuce. If I’m adding brown rice, I eat 1/2 cup serving of that.

Chipotle Bowl

Okay, so this doesn’t taste exactly like Chipotle. But, it tastes pretty darn good. To make this knock off Chipotle bowl you will need:

  • Quinoa
  • Chicken
  • Black Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Bell Peppers
  • Avocado

I marinate the chicken in water, oil, and taco seasoning before I cook it. I use Pico De Gallo to season the quinoa. I typically don’t include corn, but it is a great add and makes it more Chipotle-ish!

Salmon and Veggies

A super easy to make dinner and very healthy. For this meal you need:

  • Salmon
  • Asparagus or Broccoli (or really any other veggie)
  • Sweet Potatoes

…And thats it! I use one baking sheet for all of it. I first put the potatoes in, then 20 minutes later add the salmon and asparagus or broccoli. Any veggie works with this dish, those are the two I just typically reach for.

Smoothie

While this isn’t a dinner on its own, I have one every night with dinner. A smoothie used to be my go-to for breakfast, but I like having it at dinner as I find it fills me up. I still use the same recipe as in my The Perfect Breakfast Smoothie post. It’s another serving of veggies and because I get to still eat a big meal, its easy to include!

Sincerely,

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Delicious AND Healthy Pancake Recipe

foodWho doesn’t love a hearty breakfast? There’s a reason brunch is so popular, and it’s not just the bottomless mimosas. My favorite brunch food is a pancakes, with a close second of french toast and close third of waffles. Pancakes are loaded with white flour and drenched in syrup, making them an unhealthy way to start your day. This is why I decided to search for a healthier pancake recipe so that I can enjoy my favorite breakfast food without regretting it after. I’m happy to say, that after much trial and error, I’ve found what I consider a delicious and healthy pancake recipe!

Ingredients:

  • One banana
  • One Scoop of vanilla protein powder (my favorite is Dynamize Elite Grourmet French Vanilla)
  • One packet of maple brown sugar oatmeal
  • Two eggs
  • One cup of Almond milk
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

*Depending on the size of your eggs and banana, you may need to slightly alter the recipe to achieve the batter consistency you’re after.*

Mix it all together and pour into a pan! I like to use pure butter instead of oil, keep an eye out for healthier butters (they do exist!). I also like to make this meal with Trader Joe’s Uncured Turkey Bacon and 100% Pure Maple Syrup (that only has one ingredient!). These healthier alternatives make this tasty meal better for you! I hope this recipe is what you’re looking for. If you have any other breakfast suggestions, I’d love to read them below!

Sincerely,

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The Perfect Breakfast Smoothie

I have a smoothie every morning for breakfast. My appetite isn’t as strong in the mornings, so having something light and healthy always feels great. I’ve made a lot of smoothies in my day; I’m proud to say I’ve finally found my perfect recipe!

  • 1/2 a banana
  • two small handfuls of spinach or kale
  • 1/2 cup of frozen fruit (usually a berry mix)
  • 1 tbsp of chai seeds
  • 1 tbsp of flax seeds
  • 1/2 scoop of protein powder
  • 1 cup of water ( you can opt for almond milk too)

…and blend! This smoothie tastes great and is loaded with healthy ingredients. I add the protein powder because I work out in the mornings. You can tweak this recipe to your liking. Some people like to add yogurt or a tablespoon of honey for a sweeter taste.

I find this smoothie a great way to start my day. I’ve noticed that by making a healthy choice with the first meal I eat, I’m less likely to make poor decisions later!

I make a lot of smoothies and have tons of different recipes. Comment down below if you would like a separate post listing out all the different type of smoothies I make!

Sincerely,

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