Favorite meal of the day – Breakfast!

Happy Monday! I can’t wait to head to Michigan next weekend and see my friends and family! It’s been a while since Kevin and I have been back, so we are looking forward to it.

This morning’s breakfast got me thinking about how much I enjoy my favorite meal. I’ve always been a breakfast person, and not only is it my favorite meal but I also can’t skip it. My stomach instantly feels hungry when I wake up. When I was younger my Mom always had breakfast waiting for me (mostly cereal, but she was known to whip out something special once in a while before school). Ever since then, I can’t start my day without a good breakfast. My go to during the week is scrambled eggs and coffee. Once I get to work I have a protein bar (usually Rx Bar) and an apple with almond butter. On the weekends I opt for an egg white omelet or a protein shake.


Eating a healthy breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism and affects how your body digests glucose all day. Think about how long your body goes without food as you sleep. It’s important to eat within the first couple of hours of waking up, especially if you’re participating in exercise. There’s conflicting research on whether eating breakfast affects weight loss, but some studies claim that people who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight. Either way, the type of breakfast food plays a large role on how effective your breakfast is in satisfying hunger and providing the nutrients you need. Clean foods like eggs, fruit, and oatmeal are better choices than sugary cereal or pancakes that will leave you feeling bloated and your hunger unsatisfied.

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If you’re not a breakfast person, a protein bar and fruit could be a great way to get something in your stomach before your workout or first meeting at work. I hope everyone has a great week!

– A –

 

 

Saturday Morning – Healthy Pancakes

Hello everyone!

We hope that you were able to enjoy some great breakfast like we did this weekend! We have always been breakfast lovers and have many memories growing up that include breakfast. Our mom used to make us green pancakes for St. Patrick’s Day every year. We also enjoy having a breakfast casserole after opening gifts on Christmas morning. Since breakfast is not always healthy, we decided to search for some delicious and nutritious pancake recipes.

Here is the recipe for the pancakes we decided to make. Enjoy!

Prep time: 5 min  Cook time: 10 min

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 6 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions: 

Put all of the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

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Bake in non-stick pan over medium heat for 1-2 minutes on each side until the pancake is cooked to your liking.

Top your pancakes with whatever you desire from berries to bananas or syrup.

We liked that the pancakes were healthier and made us feel full without the extra calories. They didn’t have any flour and hardly any sugar. The cottage cheese added some protein and the egg whites lowered the cholesterol as opposed to whole eggs. While the pancakes were healthier, they were not as fluffy as typical pancakes. They were a little more chewy (french-toast like). However, we enjoyed them without feeling guilty about indulging in Saturday morning breakfast. We would definitely make them again. We hope you like them as well! Enjoy and talk to you guys soon!

-A & M-

*Disclaimer: This recipe is not our own.  It is a Biggest Loser Recipe found via Pinterest.