Some days it can be tough to find the motivation to start and then maintain your day. What you eat after rolling out of your bed and throughout the day has the power to kill those pesky cravings, super-charge your energy and most importantly, keep your waistline in check. The choices you make from the start of your day can make the difference in a better workout, weight loss and sustained energy for both brain and body. Use these 3 Fast and Easy ways to better fuel your body throughout your day:
1. Start Stronger – Eat a Better Breakfast
So what is the best breakfast for you? The less time you have between rolling out of bed to heading off to your work routine often dictates that you grab something quick (and usually processed) or skip the breakfast routine all together. “Skipping breakfast makes you more likely to overindulge at your next meal or eat mid-morning snacks that are high in calories and sugar to ward off hunger until lunch,” says Amari Cheffer, R.D., owner of Eat Chic Chicago. Not only does skipping breakfast sabotage your day, according to data from the app Eatery (by Massive Health), which tracks users’ daily chow-down habits, when you eat a good breakfast, you are 12 percent more likely to eat healthier throughout the day.
If your routine calls for strength training in the a.m. then SHAPE Magazine recommends you start by making muscle-building protein a priority by eating 1/4 cup of granola complete with chopped almonds and raisins or dried cranberries with low fat milk.
2. Stay Fueled Between Meals
We’ve all been there, it’s not quite lunch time, or perhaps a couple of hours past that lunch break and you find yourself in the break room staring at the few remaining doughnuts or the snack machine. Your healthy alternative is to plan ahead for those cravings. One of the best ways to keep fueled and avoid the dreaded brain drain, is to plan a few smaller, high energy snacks to accompany your day.
LIVESTRONG.COM suggests low-fat combinations of carbohydrates and protein including cereal and low-fat milk, raisins and almonds, crackers and low-moisture cheese, yogurt and granola, or a shake made with fruit and soy milk and apples with peanut butter.
3. Recover after a Stressful meeting or Workout
Nothing seems to drain your body’s energy like a stressful meeting or workout. The good news is that you can quickly recover and be right back in the action. After a stressful event your body needs to refuel. What you choose to shovel into your mouth makes the difference. The typical high fat, high sugar, comfort foods we often desire to turn to, can make you feel good for the moment, then guilty and weak shortly after.
Trick the system. Give your body the protein and sweeter taste it craves without destroying your daily calorie intake. We found this tasty little recipe on sixsistersstuff.com and thought we would share it with you as a great fuel source that won’t kill your waistline, like that box of cookies or bag of chips.
SKINNY BANANA GRANOLA COOKIES
The beauty of these little gems are that they only require 3 ingredients, they’re super easy to make and they provide your body with a low fat way to stay fueled.
Ingredients You’ll Need:
2 Ripe Bananas mashed
1 Cup Granola
1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Mix the mashed bananas and granola in a bowl. Fold in the chocolate chips. Using a spoon, scoop up the batter and place on the cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes. (Makes 12-17 Cookies)