Thursday, December 1, 2016

Don't skip out on breakfast !

Breakfast is a great meal to start your day off right and its for reasons different than because you should eat breakfast. Starting your day with the right breakfast, can set the tone for you to eat healthy all day long. Start the day off with a great meal and you will be more likely to follow that throughout the day !
So many people don't have "time". The truth is we all have time, it all comes down to what is priority. If you want to make time to eat, you will and that goes with anything else in your life. One of the best things you can do for your body right at the beginning of the day is to make your gut function as healthy as it can. A healthy gut contributes to the health of your nervous and immune systems, keeps stress in check and can even improve concentration.
Below are some breakfast options for you to eat that are gut friendly, easy to make and tastes great too!
Kefir yogurt with fruit and protein. Keifir is much like yogurt, it is a healthful dairy product made from cultured milk. It is a good sources of protein and high in calcium, potassium and B-vitamins, while each offers a unique blend of beneficial gut bacteria. Because of kefir’s unique set of nutrients it has been show to benefit the body in 7 main ways:
Boost Immunity
Heal Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Build Bone Density
Fight Allergies
Improve Lactose Digestion
Kill Candida
Support Detoxification
** Add in some protein powder and berries of choice for a health antioxidant breakfast.
The next one is an easy breakfast smoothie. Not only does this recipe use protein rich Greek yogurt and cinnamon, but it also has bananas which are known to help digestive ailments and increase your gut health.
Almond butter banana smoothie
1 cup Chobani Simply 100 Vanilla Greek Yogurt
2 bananas
1/2 cup almond butter
2 tbsp honey (optional)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk, low fat or skim
1 cup ice
pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients in a large blender. Blend until smooth. Divide equally into 16 oz cups.
Avocados are a huge superfood. Avocados are an effective way to treat a leaky gut, so try this unique and tasty recipe.
Avocado Blueberry Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 ripe avocado, seeded and peeled
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup plain yogurt
6 oz (1 ¼ cup) fresh blueberries
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a muffin tin with 12 paper liners. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Spoon avocado into a stand mixer and beat until almost smooth. Add sugar and beat until well blended. Add the egg, beating until completely combined. Add the vanilla and the yogurt and mix well. Put the flour mixture into a sifter and sift half of the mixture into the batter and mix until just combined. Sift in the remaining flour and mix until just blended. Gently fold in the blueberries. Using a spoon or an ice cream scoop, divide the batter among the 12 cups.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
Now that you have some ideas, put them into place this upcoming week when you do your meal planning. It's an easy way to have meals ready to go without thinking about what to have !

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