Breakfast

Summer Breakfast and Summer Reading

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For the past two years, my breakfast has included a bowl of oatmeal with yogurt, pumpkin (or berries, or sweet potato), and almond butter. Even last summer I couldn’t give up my hot oatmeal breakfast. This summer, however, I have finally given up the hot oats and have switched to a cooler, higher protein breakfast……Summer Breakfast and Summer Reading 1

Every morning, after my coffee (I’m down to only 2 cups, or about 250mg caffeine!!!) and my workout, I grab a bowl and load it with the following; ~1 cup plain Greek yogurt and regular yogurt (combined), ~ 1/2 cup frozen blueberries or fresh strawberries, ~ 1/4 cup homemade granola, ~ 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 packet natural, calorie, and sugar-free sweetener.Summer Breakfast and Summer Reading 2

Delicious. This keeps me full for a couple of hours, and I look forward to it just as much as my oats!

I believe the key to a good breakfast is to include about 10-20 grams of protein, some whole grains, and a fruit or vegetable (hmmm, sounds like MyPlate, right?!). But of course, anything is better than nothing (well, maybe…), so if you aren’t eating breakfast I encourage you to start small and build up to a nice hearty and healthy breakfast. Do you know how long it takes me to throw together the above creation? About 3 minutes. No excuses.

QUESTION: Have you changed your breakfast lately? Or, have you been eating the same thing for a while now?

Are you a reader? I didn’t use to be, but over the last three or four years I’ve probably read over fifty books (for me, that’s unheard of). Summertime is a great opportunity to grab a great book, sit outside with some cold iced tea and relax. I recently read this book;Summer Breakfast and Summer Reading 3

This book kept me entertained, which is always an indication of a good book (my ADD kicks in if the book is boring and uninteresting). It’s about two sisters who have quite an interesting, yet loving relationship. Their mom passed away several years ago and there is some speculation that their father had something to do with her death. The sisters now live far apart from one another but Thanksgiving and their ill father bring them together for a couple of weeks. While the situation is quite awkward at first, it ends up being a very memorable holiday. Overall I rate this book a 7.5 out of 10. It was a quick read with a unique story and well-developed characters.

Two other books I’ve read this summer include peak No Evil and The Swimming PoolClick on the links to read more about them. Currently, I’m reading Gaining, which is about life after eating disorders. I’m learning more about myself and my past than I ever could have imagined. I have shed a few tears and had a few epiphanies along the way. I plan on writing an autobiography one day because I think it would be good therapy for me to write out my whole life story. I never thought my story was very unique, but I’m finding that it actually is. I mean, a dietitian with a history of an eating disorder?! Come on! And, you’ll soon find out that my becoming a dietitian actually helped me escape my ED. At first it fueled it, but in the end, it was a lifesaver.

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