Do you know what’s harder than being surrounded by amazing food and treats during the holiday season? Being pregnant and being surrounded by amazing food and treats during the holiday season!! Now don’t get me wrong – I’m not one of those people who think that you can just go crazy and eat whatever you want when you are pregnant, but let’s be honest. It’s a lot easier to sneak an extra cookie here or a second helping of mashed potatoes there when you know that you are already humongous.
When I had my daughter, my goal was to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight within 6 months. I didn’t quite make it, I think it took me about 8 months, but I did eventually reach it. And then the ultimate goal was to be down 10 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight by her first birthday. Well, that one didn’t happen. But this time around, I am determined to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight even faster, and then to drop those extra 10 pounds!
So, the million dollar question is – how am I going to do it? Well, I have an outline of a plan. The first thing – and the most important thing – is that I’m going to start being healthier before this baby even comes. And what better time to start than a new year?!? We’ve all heard it said a million times before, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I know that if I start my morning off with a healthy, protein-rich breakfast, I feel a lot better all day long, I’m more motivated to eat better all day long, and I eat less during the day. I’m not a diet follower, but I do believe in moderation, serving sizes, and making sure you get all of the nutrients you need during the day.
Now, I love breakfast. And I love breakfast foods. But things have changed a lot for me since I had a child. Literally, the first words out of my daughter’s mouth in the morning are “I’m hungry.” This makes it hard to even take 20 minutes to whip up something for breakfast. I am seriously lucky to have time to make some toast and cut up an apple before she goes crazy because she needs something to eat. So breakfast has to be fast in my house. Here are some suggestions for healthy breakfasts – that only take a few minutes to prepare!
Oatmeal with fruit and nuts: If you really want to be healthy, try steel-cut oats. But they do take some extra time to cook. Adding fruit – especially something like blueberries, can add a whole new layer of nutrients, and the nuts give you a great source of protein.
Eggs on Whole Wheat Toast: Eggs – great protein! And the carbs from the whole wheat bread will give you that jumpstart you need in the morning.
Yogurt, Fruit and Granola: You have to be careful with this one and read the labels or else you could be eating an unbelievable amount of sugar. Get low fat yogurt (stay away from fat free – it has tons of added sugar) and make sure you read the label on the granola you are choosing to make sure it’s not loaded with sugar.
Cottage Cheese and Fruit: Ok, so I’ll admit that this one isn’t my favorite. I love cottage cheese and I love fruit, but I’m not a lover of them together. But lots of people love the combination!!
Jimmy Dean D-Lights breakfast: Seriously people – the Turkey Sausage Muffin has 260 calories and 18 grams of protein. And it’s ready in under 3 minutes. You can’t beat that!!
Eating a good breakfast, along with a reasonable fitness routine is a great way to start the year off right!!
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