Skipping Breakfast: Calorie Saver or Diet Breaker?

When we wake up in the morning, most of us have not eaten for at least 10 hours and the word breakfast literally means “breaking our fast.” In my opinion, breakfast is the most important meal of the day because not only does it set the tone for the entire day, but it also tells our body to wake up and start working!

Are you not eating breakfast because you are too rushed in the morning? Are you not hungry when you wake up? Are you not eating breakfast to “save calories.” If you are not eating breakfast for any of these reasons (or excuses), you are not alone! Many clients that come to me have this exact problem!

The problem with not eating breakfast, however, is that your body begins its day thinking you are starving. And, what does our body do when it feels like it is starving? It saves calories! Our bodies don’t know that we want to lose weight. Your body just thinks “help, I need to conserve calories.” When your body conserves energy and burns calories slowly, you end up with what is considered as a “slow metabolism.”

Additionally, when you starve yourself, you will lose fat and muscle! Muscle burns 70 times more calories than fat. So, if you lose muscle then your body will actually require fewer calories to maintain its’ weight and again you will slow down your metabolism making it harder for you to keep off weight.

Lastly, when we don’t eat breakfast, it also makes us ravenous when lunchtime approaches, and we are much more likely to make unhealthy choices and to overeat.

Breakfast does not have to be complicated. My high-octaine options are the following:

– Bowl of your favorite fresh fruit or berries with almond milk
– 1-2 slices of 7-grain toast (Ezekiel or Manna breads are my favorites) with almond butter and honey
– Smoothie (my favorite green smoothie is below)
– Cup of yogurt (without added sugar) with fresh berries (Fage, Stoneyfield, Brown Cow or Skyris) or
– Bowl of your favorite cereal (without added sugars and high-fructose corn-syrup of course!)

Right now I am eating raw and my favorite breakfasts in the morning are either a fresh green smoothie or a bowl of absolutely delicious raw granola by Laughing Giraffe that I top with almond milk.

Start your day off with a healthy breakfast and see how much better you will feel throughout your day!

Green Powder Smoothie

Berry Green, Kyo-Greens or Nature’s First Food Powder
Vanilla almond, soy or rice milk (I prefer vanilla almond milk)
Silk Milk vanilla creamer (optional but makes it richer tasting)
Frozen banana and/or berries(optional)

Add green powder, 1 cup milk and ½ cup of the creamer , and the frozen banana or ice in the blender and blend. If you want to make it thicker then just add ice. My 5 year old daughter and I make this all the time for a healthy snack in the afternoon before or after sports and she adores it!

This can also be made in a high-speed blender with fresh greens (a few stalks of kale or a few handfuls of spinach or mixed lettuces) for a richer morning smoothie. I know this sounds odd but, believe me, it is addictive!

Chocolate Green Powder Smoothie

Chocolate Flavored Green Powder (I like Amazing Grass)
Vanilla almond, soy or rice milk (I prefer almond)
Silk Milk vanilla creamer
Frozen banana or any fresh berries
1 tbsp Almond butter (optional)
Flax seed oil (optional)

Blend in blender and enjoy!

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  • Edwin
    July 28th, 2014 at 4:18 am



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