Weekday Prep: Veggie Omelets

Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend. This Sunday for weekday prep, I am doing some simple veggie chopping to shorten my breakfast routine in the morning.  I love having eggs for breakfast but I don’t have time in the morning to chop everything up and cook the eggs.  Today I am filling little plastic containers with a morning’s worth of chopped onions, red peppers and broccoli. That way tomorrow morning when I cook my eggs all I have to do is toss in one of these pre portioned veggie cups.

Most of my weekday prep posts have been about making a healthy breakfast quicker and easier.  There’s a reason for that!  I’m sure everyone has heard the “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” line a million times.  I’m also sure that a lot of you probably still skip breakfast. You are making a big mistake!

Most people don’t eat anything after dinner until breakfast (or lunch if you’re bad).  This long period of time without food causes your metabolism to slow down.  There are some good reasons for this slow down. When your metabolism slows down it helps you relax and fall asleep. Once you are asleep, it helps your body focus it’s energy on repairing and restoring rather than digesting your midnight snack.

An important thing to remember is that your metabolism won’t speed back up again until you give it some fuel. Think of it like a fire. If you light a fire at night (dinner) and don’t put anymore wood on the fire until the lunch time next day, you wouldn’t have much of a fire anymore.  It’s better to have a healthy breakfast in the morning to keep your fire burning all day and your metabolism revved up.  Even something small like a handful of nuts or an apple can wake your metabolism up and give it the signal to start working. This jumpstart will help your body continue to burn more calories throughout the entire day.

Now that everyone is on board with eating breakfast, there is one caveat. Don’t just have any breakfast. A bacon, egg and cheese sandwich isn’t going to give your body the fuel it needs to be energized the whole day.

I try to stay away from any type of white flour at all costs, with the exception of special occasions (everything in moderation, even moderation).  White flour is made by stripping away all of the nutrients that come from grains.  Since all of the nutrients are stripped away during the processing, your body doesn’t need to exert much energy to break down the food to get to the energy source (sugar) and in turn your blood sugar spikes. This reaction causes your body to store the food you just ate as fat for your body to use as energy later on. If you can’t tell, eating a breakfast high in processed ingredients and white flours will make your metabolism go haywire, you’ll be hungry again in no time and guess what? You will be craving sugar!

Eating a healthy breakfast is crucial to your body since it is the first chance your body has to replenish itself from all of the work it did the night before while you were asleep. Try a balanced meal high in fiber and protein. It will keep you full and energized for a long time and you will have an easier time saying no to that donut during a morning meeting.

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Weekday Prep: Superfood Trail Mix

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  It was beautiful out here this weekend and we did a few projects outside (check for posts this week!) which felt amazing. Fall is officially in full swing. I’m excited to finally burn my cinnamon spice candle. They don’t last long in my house, I always have fall scents burning once it gets a little cooler out.

Today instead of being glued to the TV for football I whipped up some homemade trail mix.  It’s a great mix of protein and fiber which will give you long lasting energy and help to keep you full throughout the day.  It’s full of healthy ingredients like walnuts and almonds which have heart healthy nutrients like unsaturated fats, omega 3 fatty acids and fiber.
Superfood Trail Mix
Superfood Trail Mix:
2 c. quick cooking oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbs chia or flax seed
1/4 c. honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. golden raisins
1/4 c. walnuts
1/2 c. almonds
Preheat the oven to 275. In a bowl, combine oats, cinnamon, chia seed, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix until throughly combined. I rolled some of the oat mixture into clusters that were a little smaller than a bouncy ball. This makes it a little easier to eat if you eat the trail mix alone. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and bake at 275 for about 5-8 minutes.
Once the mixture is cooled, mix with the remaining ingredients. I immediately package mine in zip loc bags to control my portions and make it easy to pack for a work day snack. Dark chocolate chips would be a good addition to the mix but I like to mix mine with yogurt and prefer not to have the chocolate in there. Eating the trail mix with yogurt makes it a little more like granola but I’m ok with that.
Superfood Trail Mix
Packing snacks on Sunday like this trail mix or these protein bars, is one of the easiest ways to prep for the week. The best way for me to stick with healthy eating is to have a plan. If my snacks are already packed in the morning it keeps me from grabbing a bag of chips while at the office. Plus healthy snacks taste better and help keep you feeling fuller longer, too.  The trick  to eating right is to have a healthy snack readily available. It’s so much easier to avoid temptation when you have a better option at your desk.
What are your favorite healthy snacks? I love expanding my collection of recipes for stuff like this so I don’t get sick of eating the same thing over and over again. Have a great week!
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