Many of you know that I’ve been making a solid effort to become a healthier me. I’ve been at the gym regularly. I took up hiking and even running. All of that culminated with my very first 5K! That’s all been really exciting and I totally do feel much healthier… but the one area that I really struggle with is food. I ask myself some of the same questions regularly:
- How much food?
- What kind of food?
- When should I be eating?
- How much protein is enough?
- Do I have to eat like a caveman?
- Are there foods that will decrease that bloated feeling?
I’m sure that many of you have asked yourself some of these questions before. I’m please to announce that I’ve partnered with MILK in a campaign to help spread the news about healthy eating (especially in the morning). Did you know that between 6am and 8am are your “power hours”? Starting your morning with high-quality protein will help you to stay fuller longer and help you (and me) to stick to those healthy eating resolutions!
As part of my partnership with MILK… I’ve been paired up with a Registered Dietician. Her name is Michelle Dudash and she’s pretty darn amazing. Michelle and I will be meeting up to discuss my goals, answer my questions, and even create some recipes that work for me and my family. At our most recent meeting… we talked about protein. I struggle to remember what foods have protein in them beside meat. I really don’t want to eat meat all the time just to get in my protein! Michelle helped me find other ways to get in my protein: nuts and seeds, eggs, yogurt, beans, cheese, and Milk! There’s 8g of protein in an 8oz glass of milk!
We started by taking a look at my morning routine and what sort of breakfast recipes will fit for my family. I’ve started with smoothies. The girls LOVE smoothies! And they’re so quick and easy to make! I don’t have to worry about the girls getting hungry at school because I know that the protein in milk and the fruits and veggies we’ve added will keep them full through lunch time. Here’s our current favorite:
Sneaky Green & Berry Smoothie with Ginger:
(I modified Michelle’s recipe just a bit to fit my family)
1 small banana, peeled and broken into chunks
1 cup of baby spinach (you can also use kale… I do)
1/2 cup of blackberries
6 ounces of low-fat Milk
1/4 cup of orange juice (I leave the juice out of Allison’s smoothie because of her diabetes)
3 peeled, thin, slices of fresh ginger root
6 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and working up to a high speed, puree until smooth.
Prep time- 5 minutes
Makes 2 servings
Michelle and I did a news segment recently. Don’t judge my on camera skills! But you can check it out below. We share some healthy and protein packed breakfast ideas for you and your family. I hope you’ll keep coming back. I’ll have something new each week to share!
Segment Link: http://www.azcentral.com/