Starting the Day Off Right

Any meal plan or weight loss program you read today usually stresses the importance of breakfast in your overall nutrition and metabolism regimen. Some schools even provide it for improved attention. In the era of dual career households and hectic schedules, the luxury of June Cleaver serving a “breakfast of champions” is rare. The days of grabbing a toaster pastry or juice and toast on the way out are, unfortunately, also ending. Any dietician or nutritionist will stress that the goal is not to eat anything, but to eat a well-balanced breakfast.

Do yourself and your family a huge favor and plan some nutritious, well-balanced options that you can easily warm up, blend, or grab-and-go.

Protein shakes are one of the easiest options and your kids can even get in on the preparations. Measuring the frozen fruit, ice, and dry ingredients into plastic bags or individual containers on Sunday night will save you a few extra steps each morning and offer a milkshake like texture. Who doesn’t like the idea of splurging on a milkshake to start your day?

Here are two delicious combinations that offer more than 20 grams of protein, as well as a healthy serving or two of fruits and vegetables:

The Elvis Approved Shake

  • 2 scoops PureMark Naturals Chocolate Vegan Protein
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened peanut butter powder
  • ½ cup frozen banana chunks
  • ½ cup of water

Put all ingredients in blender and blend well.

Choco-Cherry Vegan Protein Shake

  • 2 scoops PureMark Naturals Chocolate Vegan Protein
  • ¼ cup crushed ice
  • ¼ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ tbsp. chia seeds
  • ½ tbsp. ground flax seed
  • 1 tbsp. tart cherry concentrate
  • ½ cup cold water

Put all ingredients in blender and blend well.

Tip: Tart cherry concentrate can be ordered online — a little concentrate goes a long way.  Or use frozen cherries, instead.

Tip: Buy fruits like berries and bananas in bulk when on sale. Clean, dry, and freeze. Frozen fruits make a great substitute in shakes and smoothies for ice.

If you want to splurge on more traditional breakfast options, individual baked fruit oatmeal or mini-baked egg quiches are handy and can be made in advance and popped into the microwave for a grab-and-go meal. You can search Pinterest or your favorite recipe database for even more portable breakfast creations.

Now that you have some ideas, pick an evening, plan your family breakfasts, and no one will miss June Cleaver. You’ll have confidence that your family is getting a healthier start to their day.

This blog is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice. Content is for informational purposes only. Please consult with a physician or other healthcare professional regarding any medical or health related diagnosis or treatment options.