By Lisa Browdy
People who eat breakfast are slimmer, healthier and more energetic than people who don't. It's that simple. It might seem counterintuitive to eat more to weigh less, but think for a minute: if you are the kind of person who eats nothing for breakfast and little for lunch, your body is going to want to ingest anything that isn't nailed down by 3:00 p.m. And it's a pretty safe guess that what is available won't be among the healthiest choices you can make.
Like any new habit, start off in baby steps. Grab a banana on your way out the door. Or a piece of toast with peanut butter. Or heck, even a granola bar or a handful of nuts. Try it for a week and see how you feel.
Once you get into the breakfast habit, incorporate whole grains and protein to give yourself the best start. I'm not an oatmeal fan, so I've had to be creative with other whole grains.
Here's what I had for breakfast today:
Apricot Almond Brown Rice Breakfast, from "The Flexitarian Diet" by Dawn Jackson Blatner
3⁄4 C leftover brown rice, 3 dried apricots (sliced) 2 Tbs slivered almonds (I like to toast them first) and 1 tsp. maple syrup.
I reheated the rice in the microwave, stirred in the other ingredients, and gobbled it up.
Quinoa Fruit Salad, adapted from OhSheGlows.com
Here's another fun recipe, which incorporates apples, peaches, and other late-summer fruit with quinoa, which looks like a grain but is an easy protein source. This is from fullmeasuerofhappines.com
3⁄4 C dry quinoa, 1 apple (rinsed and diced), 3 peaches, (rinsed and diced) 1 pint strawberries, sliced, 2 Tbs maple syrup, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar, 1 Tbs lime juice, salt to taste.
Rinse the quinoa and cook according to package directions (allow 10-15 minutes).
Combined the sliced fruit (any variation of fruits is okay!) in a large bowl. Drizzle with the maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and lime juice, and mix. Adjust the dressing and add a sprinkle of sea salt to taste.
Either serve warm as is, or chill in the refrigerator prior to serving. Can also be served with toasted almonds or walnuts.