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Most Important Meal of the Day! Quick, Healthy, Convenient, TASTY Breakfast

I’m writing this post today because I’ve had lots of discussions lately with people who don’t eat breakfast, which we’ve all heard again and again, is the most important meal of the day.  If you’re like me, you’re more than likely bolting out the door without much time for a good ol’ fashion full breakfast.  I’ve also had discussions with those who are looking for something easy which, when we’re in a hurry, is definitely a necessity.  After all, who wants to cook a breakfast, let alone spend the time cleaning it all up (or worse yet, come home after a long day to a mess!)?

Here’s my solution, which is something I do everyday and even sometimes twice a day if I’m busy all day and don’t want to cook a supper either.  I have a Magic Bullet blender, which I also consider one of my “Products I Love”.  They run about $50 at Target or Costco.  They are small and portable and the blender part is a single serving portable cup.  I fill it about 1/3 full of ice, then put water to fill about 3/4 full (depending on what you add, you may want less water so it doesn’t get too full).  I add a small handful of spinach (you can’t taste it and it’s a nutritional superfood) and 2 scoops of my favorite meal replacement powder, Isagenix, which is about the best meal replacement I’ve ever found, and trust me, I’m super picky!  These shakes are clean, TASTY, and filling!

The good news is that you can change-up the flavor of your shake every single day if you get bored easily.  I sometimes add a handful of frozen or fresh blueberries, 1/2 banana, PB2, strawberries, orange extract, peppermint extract… on and on.  You can even add a scoop of the Isagenix fiber powder to increase your daily fiber intake.  Like I said, I have a shake for breakfast nearly every single day and never get tired of it!

The blender is so small I even take it to the gym with me so I can have a shake immediately after I workout.  I fill it about 1/2 full with ice so when it melts some my shake is still perfect milkshake consistency.  I screw on the blade and throw the entire thing in my bag.  When I’m done showering and getting ready, I whip up my shake, rinse off the blade, which is the screw on bottom part, and I’m off and going.  I drink right out of the blender part like a cup.  Best part, there’s really no clean up!  It comes with several blender mugs so I just rinse it then throw it in the dishwasher when I get home and use a different one the next day.

You can also use the blender for a plethora of other things…  it is the handiest little blender ever : )

I hope this gives you some incentive to eat a good, clean, quick breakfast.  Fuel your body first thing in the morning to make sure you have the energy and nourishment it takes to get you through your day!

Healthy body = healthy mind!

 

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Oh So Tasty 100 Calorie Pumpkin Protein Bars!

All I can say is Wow!  These turned out de-lish!  Perfect texture, great taste, and only 100 calories per bar! Bag one or two of them in snack sized baggies and freeze so you can pull one out for a quick, healthy, on the go, clean snack!

1 1/2 cups oatmeal, blended mostly to flour consistency

2 scoops protein powder non flavored

3/4 – 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

1 scoop ground flax

4 egg whites

1/8 cup agave nectar

1/8 cup raw coconut necter

2-3 dropper fulls of vanilla stevia liquid (can probably use packets also)

1 4oz container of natural apple sauce

1/2 can (1 cup) pumpkin puree – not the pie filling!

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.  Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl.  Spray 8 x 8 cooking pan with oil (I used coconut).  Stir together all ingredients and put in baking pan.  Bake on preheated oven at 350deg for 26-30 min.

Makes 12 squares

100 calories

1 fat

15 carbs

2 fiber

8 protein

6 sugar

 

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