July 18, 2014

This week, during the World Cup Challenge, try a new healthy breakfast recipe!

You’ve probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you skip it, your body will have gone too long without fuel. “Break-the-fast” by jump starting your morning with a healthy breakfast to get your body running at its peak. You’ll be mentally alert while keeping those mid-morning hunger pains at bay.

Each meal below is easy to prepare and contains about 400 calories, unlike a lot of “hearty” breakfasts that can easily exceed 1,000 calories!

YogurtYogurt and Berry Breakfast Parfait
Serves 1
6 ounces nonfat, plain yogurt, regular or Greek; choose soy yogurt for a vegan option
1 cup berries of choice*
1/4 cup granola or All-Bran Buds cereal (a high fiber choice)
* Choose one, or use two or more types of berries to make 1 cup total.

Preparation: Place yogurt in bowl. Add berries. Top with granola or cereal just before serving so the cereal won’t get soggy.

Black Bean & Egg Breakfast BurritoBlack Bean & Egg Breakfast Burrito
Serves 1
1 egg plus 2 egg whites (or use 1/2 cup egg substitute)
1/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons salsa
2 tablespoons shredded, low-fat cheddar cheese
1 small, whole-wheat tortilla
1 cup skim milk

Preparation: Scramble eggs, beans, salsa and cheese. Place on tortilla. Roll it up and enjoy with a cup of skim milk.

Peanut Butter & Banana SmoothiePeanut Butter & Banana Smoothie
Serves 1
1 cup skim milk or plain soy milk
2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1 banana
6 ice cubes

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Add more ice for a thicker consistency. Note: Be sure to measure the peanut butter. Each additional tablespoon adds 100 healthy calories!