RECIPE: Building a better body with a better breakfast

(WXYZ) - Breakfast Builds a Better Body:  You've heard it before – breakfast is the most important meal of the day!  Breakfast eaters tend to be leaner, eating about 200 fewer calories per day than breakfast skippers.  Start your day off right with a healthy combo of whole grains and fruits for quick energy and lean protein for sustained energy. A nutrition packed breakfast will give you the energy to perform better, both mentally and physically. 

"Healthy New You!" Health & Wellness Event at all Meijer stores! Saturday, January 18, 2014, 11am-2pm

Ø  Food samples of healthy breakfast solutions  

Ø  FREE Meijer Healthy Living Naturally booklet containing information on ideas for healthy eating, recipes, Q/A on stop smoking and exercise tips

Ø  Pharmacy will be providing information on ways to stop smoking

Ø  FREE trial size VitaMelts Dietary Supplements 

Add Fiber and Protein at Breakfast:

Fiber Up! One of the most effective ways to lose extra pounds is to control hunger. Eating foods with fiber makes you feel full.  Fibrous foods also can take longer to chew, giving your brain time to get the signal that you have had enough to eat.  Boost your fiber and keep your calories in check by including more whole grains, fruits and vegetables. 

Get more protein.  Studies show that including protein at each meal can help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce feelings of hunger, build and maintain lean muscle mass, and help keep you satisfied.  Good protein sources include low-fat dairy, eggs, lean meats, hummus, and peanut butter, beans, nuts, grains, vegetables and soy-based products.

The Skinny Blast – Breakfast on the Go

Makes 2 servings

2 cups Earthbound Farms kale

1 banana

2 tbsp. Meijer raw pumpkin seeds

1 orange (peeled)

1 carrot

1-2 tbsp. chia seeds

Water or Almond milk

Fill the Nutribullet tall cup with kale, banana, pumpkin seeds, orange, carrot, and chia seeds.  Fill to the max line with water or almond milk.  Twist on the extractor blade.  Place the cup onto the power base.  Press down and twist to lock the motor on.  It's ready when it looks smooth and creamy.

Recipe adapted from www.nutribullet.com

California Strawberry and Quinoa Parfait

 Makes 1 parfait

Ingredients

1 cup Meijer Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons honey

5-6 strawberries, stemmed and quartered

1/4 cup cooked quinoa

1-2 tablespoons sliced almonds

fresh mint leaves for garnish

Directions

Mix the Greek yogurt and honey together in a small bowl. Spoon the yogurt mixture into a glass or parfait bowl. Top with strawberries and cooked quinoa. Sprinkle with a few almonds slices. Repeat with the remaining yogurt, strawberries, quinoa and almonds so there are three layers total. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and drizzle with additional honey if desired.

Recipe adapted from www.californiastrawberries.com

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