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Friday, November 30, 2012

Blueberry Pie Proats

I've said it once, I've said it twice, I've probably said it a million times... 

For me and many other health & fitness fanatics, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.  I have read countless studies that confirm that people who eat a healthy balanced breakfast daily have lower body fat percentages than those that pass on a morning meal.  Why?  When you do not eat breakfast, your metabolism plummets.  If you are trying to lose weight, this is the last thing you want!  Eating a healthy breakfast helps you control your impulse to eat junk food when you're bored or stressed, prevents you from snacking between meals and overeating at lunch time, and jump starts your metabolism for the day, revving up your fat burning ability for enhanced weight loss!

While a nutritious breakfast is vital, eating an unhealthy, heavy breakfast can be just the opposite.  Avoid foods high in added sugars, sodium, saturated fats and calories. Cut back on sugary breakfast cereals, high-calorie pastries, and meats like bacon and sausage that are high in saturated fat and sodium.  Make sure you eat a well balanced breakfast containing protein, complex carbohydrates, and fiber.  My favorite is egg whites (scrambled, sunny side, hard boiled, omelet, however you like!) with added vegetables (onions, spinach, peppers, zucchini, etc.) and oatmeal with cinnamon, honey, nuts, fruit, the list can go on and on!  

So, speaking of oatmeal, let me stop my rant and start with my recipe!

Which by the way is under 200 calories and packs 17 grams of protein.

Blueberry Pie Proats
Protein + Oats = PROATS!
Proats are a quick and easy way to start a healthy day :) 
Just add your favorite protein powder to your oatmeal and voila! 

- 1/3 cup Quick Cooking Oats
- 1/4 tsp All Natural Ground Cinnamon
- Water
- 1/2 scoop Vanilla VPX SRO Zero Carb Whey Protein
- 1/4 cup Lifeway Blueberry Organic Kefir
- 1/3 cup Organic Blueberries

- Mix oats, cinnamon, and water (the amount of water depends on how dry or wet you prefer your oatmeal) in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
- Take bowl out of the microwave (carefully, it's hot) and mix in vanilla protein powder.  
- Pour blueberry keifer over oats and stir in organic blueberries.
- Sprinkle a little cinnamon or add unsalted nuts on top if you'd like ;)

And that's it!   It's as easy as... blueberry pie!! :) lol!

What is keifer?

"Kefir’s tart and refreshing flavor is similar to a drinking-style yogurt, but it contains beneficial yeast as well as friendly ‘probiotic’ bacteria found in yogurt.  The naturally occurring bacteria and yeast in kefir combine symbiotically to give superior health benefits when consumed regularly.  It is loaded with valuable vitamins and minerals and contains easily digestible complete proteins.  For the lactose intolerant, kefir’s abundance of beneficial yeast and bacteria provide lactase, an enzyme which consumes most of the lactose left after the culturing process." 


Serves 1
Nutritional Information:
197 calories, 2g fat, 2mg cholesterol, 51mg sodium, 95mg potassium, 28g carbohydrates (4g fiber, 9g sugar) 17g protein


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