For the mornings that you’re running a little late and can’t sit down to a veggie omelet or warm oatmeal with nuts and berries, you might be tempted to pick up something at a fast-food drive-through, but many of those on-the-go breakfasts are high in sodium and fat. To get your day off to a good start, we offer some grab-and-go meal suggestions that will power up your morning with carbs, fiber, and protein.
There’s no continental breakfast here. A high-carb start to the morning might deliver a rush of energy, but within a couple of hours, you’ll come crashing down along with your blood sugar levels. Adding protein to your meal slows the release of glucose for steady energy, mental focus, and satiety. Protein helps keep you satisfied so you don’t devour the donuts in the break room at the office. You’ll be better able to control your cravings and your weight.
A protein-packed meal is the true breakfast of champions, and here’s why: your body is busy all day long repairing and building muscle, especially if you are active at Curves three or four times a week. By including protein in every meal throughout the day, you supply your body with the material it needs for optimal muscle maintenance.
Here are five delicious, protein-rich breakfasts that you can enjoy at the table or on the road:
Chocolate Cinnamon Spice Shake
In a blender, place 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder, 1 cup of low-fat milk (1 %), 1 tablespoon of sugar-free chocolate pudding mix, 5 ice cubes, ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg. Blend until smooth. Enjoy with 8 almonds on the side.
1 Curves Yogurt and Berry Bliss Protein Bar, ½ cup of nonfat Greek yogurt, ½ peach, and 5 pecan halves.
The Eggs-tra Special
Grab 2 hard-boiled eggs from the fridge, 1 6-ounce container of nonfat Greek yogurt, and an apple.
The Skinny Elvis
Make a peanut butter and banana sandwich with 1 slice of whole wheat bread, 1 tablespoon of unsalted peanut butter, and ½ banana, sliced. Do not fry. Do enjoy with 6 ounces of nonfat plain Greek yogurt.
The Cottage Bowl
In a travel-worthy container place 1 cup of low-fat/1% cottage cheese and 1/2 banana, sliced, 6 strawberries, sliced, and sprinkle with 7 walnut halves, chopped.
Now, grab the breakfast of your choice and go have a wonderful day!