If you dread dry, bland diet breakfast food (fiber cereal, anyone?), these moist muffins will make mornings happy again. With just 136 calories and a single gram of fat, they’re a light, sweet start to the day or a deliciously guilt-free mid-morning snack. Bananas boost energy, while fiber-rich flaxseed fills you up, keeping those weight-loss efforts on track!
“‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, dieters were wishing that they’d eaten less than a mouse.”
Maybe that’s not quite how the poem goes, but many of us, by Christmas, wish that we’d done better in staying on our diets. If you’re dreaming of sugar plums but want a slim waist as well, we’ve got the tips you need to avoid gaining weight this year.
For a breakfast that squashes morning hunger and packs a potent protein punch, get crackin’ on this easy three-egg omelet. It’s loaded with fresh veggies, mozzarella cheese and 24 grams of pure protein from a top vegetarian source.
Before you spoon a hefty heap of regular peanut butter into your blender, take a look at how many fat grams you’re packing into that “healthy” smoothie. Two tablespoons will set you back nearly 16 grams—not to mention 200 calories. To keep that peanutty taste without bulking up your beverage, try PBSLIM™, a powdered peanut butter made from real, roasted, non-GMO peanuts that have been pressed to remove 85% of fat calories. In this spicy drink, you’ll mix it with almond milk, protein-packed chia seeds, fiber-rich buckwheat groats and fiery chipotle powder for a filling and eye-opening breakfast.
Going raw is a great way to make sure you’re getting the purest, most potent nutrients from the foods you eat. But aside from munching on a piece of whole fruit or crunching on uncooked veggies, how can you add more raw foods to your day? This simple seed and fruit “crumble” makes a satisfying snack as is, or try tucking some into a parfait or piling on your plate along with fresh fruit for breakfast. It’s the perfect combination of crunchy and chewy textures, with plenty of natural sweetness from spices, pure maple syrup and coconut oil.
What’s for breakfast? If you’re trying to lose weight, it may feel like you’re stuck eating the same bland, boring, low-calorie meal day after day. This morning, try something different! These protein-packed, homemade pancakes can be whipped up quickly with a whole-wheat pancake mix, fiber-rich (and filling) quick oats and egg whites. Replace sticky, thick syrup with reduced-sugar strawberry jam for sweetness without all the extra calories.
Sick of strawberry? Bored by banana? Try a fruit with flair, not to mention notable nutritional benefits, with this naturally sweet, energizing smoothie. A symbol of love in India, and the inspiration behind that squiggly print we call paisley, mangos are packed with vitamins C, B6 and A, with just a single cup knocking out 12 percent of your daily fiber needs. Blend one up with raw honey and a dash of cocoa powder for a unique and satisfying start to your day.
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