Meijer: Healthy Breakfast
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Maribel Alchin, MBA, RD, LDN, Meijer Dietitian and Healthy Living Advisor
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Saturday, January 18, 2014
Ø Food samples of healthy breakfast solutions
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Ø Pharmacy will be providing information on ways to stop smoking
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Over the holidays we all probably indulged on our favorite foods and want to start out the New Year with eating healthier either to lose or maintain a healthy weight. Focus on what you should be getting more of instead of everything you have to give up. You won’t feel like you’re missing out.
Get more breakfast
. You’ve heard this before, but it’s worth repeating because research strongly backs this one. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Studies show that people who eat breakfast are more likely than breakfast skippers to maintain a healthy weight. They also tend to eat fewer calories throughout the day, and less saturated fat and cholesterol. Start your day off right with a healthy combo of whole grains and fruits for quick energy and lean protein for sustained energy. A nutrition packed breakfast will give you the energy to perform better, both mentally and physically. Great morning meals include egg white omelets made with your favorite veggies, whole-grain cereal topped with fresh fruit and nuts, or smoothie made with nonfat Greek yogurt, Meijer unsweetened frozen fruit and oats.
Get more fiber.
One of the most effective ways to lose those extra pounds is to control hunger. Eating foods with fiber makes you feel full. Fibrous foods also can take longer to chew, giving your brain time to get the signal that you have had enough to eat. Boost your fiber and keep your calories in check by including more whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Get more protein
. Studies show that including protein at each meal can help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce feelings of hunger, build and maintain lean muscle mass, and help keep you satisfied. Good protein sources include low-fat dairy, eggs, lean meats, hummus, and peanut butter, beans, nuts, grains, vegetables and soy-based products.
The Skinny Blast
Makes 2 cups
2 handfuls Earthbound Farm Organic Kale or 2 cups kale
2 tbsp. Meijer raw pumpkin seeds
1 orange (peeled)
1-2 tbsp. chia seeds
Water or Silk Soymilk
Fill the Nutribullet tall cup with kale, banana, pumpkin seeds, orange, carrot, and chia seeds. Fill to the max line with water or soymilk. Twist on the extractor blade. Place the cup onto the power base. Press down and twist to lock the motor on. It’s ready when it looks smooth and creamy.
Recipe adapted from
Serve with a belVita Soft Baked Breakfast Biscuit
California Strawberry Quinoa Parfait
Makes 1 parfait
1(6 oz.) container Meijer plain nonfat Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
5-6 strawberries, stemmed and quartered
1/4 cup cooked quinoa
1-2 tablespoons sliced almonds
fresh mint leaves for garnish
Mix the Greek yogurt and honey together in a small bowl. Spoon 1/3 of the yogurt mixture into a glass or parfait bowl. Top with 1/3 of strawberries and 1/3 cooked quinoa. Sprinkle with a few almonds slices. Repeat with the remaining yogurt, strawberries, quinoa and almonds so there are three layers total. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and drizzle with additional honey if desired.
Recipe adapted from www.californiastrawberries.com <http://www.californiastrawberries.com>Tuesday, January 14 2014, 11:43 AM CST