Friday, January 28, 2011

blog spa: tips for taking care of the inside

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What did you have for breakfast this morning? 

Some left over lasagna from dinner last night?
A couple of baby carrots while making your child's lunch for school?

This week Bev and I have been on a mission . . . Blog Spa: a week of taking care of yourself after a year of taking care of others.  But the realty is that taking care of yourself needs to be done more than just one week out of every year.  AND it involves taking care of your entire body . . . outside and INSIDE!  We've been focusing on the outside part of ourselves all week, so as we round out Blog Spa, we want to remind you to take care of the inside too!

Exercising and eating right are musts for busy women.  Both contribute the fuel and stamina we need to get through each day.

Now, I know what you are saying:
"I'm too busy to eat breakfast."
"I'm trying to lose a few pounds, so I don't eat breakfast."
"I do eat breakfast . . . kind of.  I eat whatever is left over in my kid's bowl."
"I'm really not a breakfast person."

And to all those excuses I say, "BLECH!" and "NONSENSE!" and"BOO!"

Eating a proper breakfast is the best way to give you energy for that busy day, to work towards losing those last few pounds, to eliminate the need to eat off your child's plate, to get yourself into a healthy eating pattern the rest of the day.

So on our last day of Blog Spa, I'm going to give you three quick, easy, nutrition-PACKED Spa-like breakfast options to start your day off right.

Veggie Scramble
This protein-packed breakfast will keep you feeling full until lunch (I've eating this breakfast 3 days this week, and I didn't need a mid-morning snack) plus you start your day off with a serving a veggies!  Woo hoo!  If you have seven minutes you can make this and jump start your morning.

Here's what you need:
~1 whole egg and 2 egg whites
~1/2 of a small green, yellow or red pepper chopped*
~1/4 a cup of fresh broccoli florets*
~3 - 4 cherry tomatoes cut in half (right now I'm loving sweet yellow tomatoes)*
~2 T. Parmesan cheese
*Right before you go to bed the night before, quickly chop the veggies up and put them back in the refrigerator. 

Here's what you do:
Spray non-stick skillet with cooking spray and saute veggies while you whisk together egg and egg whites.  Pour whisked eggs into skillet and scramble together.  When eggs are properly cooked, dump them on to the plate, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

A Yummy Breakfast Treat
At first glance, this reads more like a dessert, but it's packed with good stuff to fuel your body . . . plus it's like dessert for breakfast.

Here's what you need:
~1 large banana
~2 T. peanut butter
~2 T. of nutella or 2 T. chocolate syrup
~1/2 cup vanilla soy milk or skim milk
~1/2 cup ice cube

Here's what you do:
Freeze banana overnight.  Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Drink!

The No-Excuses Egg Sandwich
Another good protein breakfast with a serving of whole grain some veggies and a sprinkling of calcium.  With the help of the microwave (yep, you can microwave eggs), this breakfast is a no-excuses breakfast option.

Here's what you need:
~1 egg
~1 T. water
~1 wedge if light Laughing Cow spreadable cheese
~1/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes
~2 slices of 100% whole wheat bread

Here's what you do:
Crack egg into microwave safe bowl.  Whisk it together with 1 T. water.  Cover and microwave 1 minute.  In meantime, toast bread and use large biscuit cutter to cut bread slices into circles.  Spread Laughing Cow cheese onto each circle.  Slide egg omelet onto one circle.  Sprinkle tomatoes onto egg and place other circle on top.  Enjoy! 

Are you a breakfast eater?  What are your healthy breakfast ideas?

Don't forget to come back tomorrow morning to link up your Blog Spa contributions!

Blog Spa on!
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Unknown said...

The smoothie recipe sounds really good; will share that one with my pregnant daughter. I enjoy having eggs for breakfast because they keep me feeling satisfied until lunch.

Morgan said...

Rah rah breakfast! I make my own granola and it's the only thing that will keep me full until lunch.

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