January 6, 2012Today’s 10,000 Pound Challenge Tip: Begin your morning with a protein-rich breakfast.
Research shows that starting your day with a high-protein breakfast can enhance weight loss by curbing your appetite at later meals. Including protein with your AM meal also helps you stay alert and energized throughout the morning and keeps blood sugars on an even keel. To reap these benefits, incorporate a protein-rich food—think nonfat yogurt, eggs, reduced-fat cheese, turkey sausage, lean bacon (turkey or Canadian), or nuts/nut butter—at breakfast every day. To keep total daily calories in check, plan a morning meal with 250 calories or less.
A few all-star breakfast options that fit the bill:
** Nonfat Greek yogurt (6-ounce container, plain or flavored) with a banana, apple, orange, or grapefruit
** Protein Power Smoothie: In a blender, combine ¾ cup milk (skim, soy, or almond), half a banana, ½ cup frozen mixed berries, 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder, and 3-5 ice cubes. Blend until smooth and frothy.
** Scrambled Eggs: 1 Whole egg and 3 whites scrambled with ¼ cup shredded reduced-fat cheese and your choice of mushrooms, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and spinach
** Breakfast BLT: Whole-grain English muffin with 2-3 slices lean Canadian or turkey bacon, lettuce, tomato, and 1-2 teaspoons low-fat mayo
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