I get it, we’re all busy. And you’re probably really tired of people telling you that you need to eat a healthy breakfast. You’re lucky if you have time to snag an easy-grab-and-go sandwich pocket or hit the office cafeteria or drive thru, right? But what if you could make a super-charged, super-easy breakfast packed with super-foods that really only took like 2 minutes to put together? The truth is, a good breakfast isn’t just good for your body, it’s good for your mood. It feels amazing when you know you’re loading up your body with super-foods!
Super-Charged, Super-Easy Breakfast: Yogurt + Super-Food Mix-ins!
Yogurt is pretty awesome, it’s full of protein, probiotics and calcium. You can get non-fat, low-fat and low-sugar options, flavored or non-flavored options. The possibilities are endless! And the fill it up with any of these easy-peasy super foods and you’re all set! Great idea, right?
Wait, what if you don’t do dairy?
It’s possible that you know that yogurt is awesome and an easy way to make a super-charged, super-easy breakfast but you can’t tolerate or don’t like dairy for some reason. Well good news for you Silk has a dairy free, yogurt alternative! It has 6 grams of plant-powered protein per serving, comes in 6 smooth, creamy flavors with real fruit and is still and excellent source of calcium and vitamin D. And of course, contains no cholesterol, dairy, lactose, gluten, carrageenan or casein. I tried it, it’s quite good. Actually, it’s delicious. I had the vanilla and I added a few of these mix-ins, it seriously started to taste like cake batter.
So whether you use traditional yogurt or Silk’s yogurt alternative, simply pull the foil cap off the container and add any or all of these super-foods to super-charge your super-easy breakfast!
Almonds: These are full of monounsaturated fat, which are heart healthy and will help you feel satisfied and keep you from overeating later. And the nutrient benefits are vast; so let’s just say they contain the most nutrients in comparison to other nuts due to rich content of Vitamin E, Calcium, Phosphorous, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Copper and Niacin.
Apple: Your doctor (or mom) wasn’t wrong when she said “an apple a day…” They are high in fiber, are very filling and the soluble fiber will help lower cholesterol. They are also considered very heart healthy do to antioxidants that prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and inhibiting inflammation. High quercetin levels are also shown to boost endurance by making oxygen more available to the lungs.
Banana: Also high in fiber which helps regulate digestion, but also shown to lower blood pressure due to high potassium levels. Can bananas make your bones stronger? Yes! The high levels of potassium neutralizes high amounts of sodium in the diet, thus allowing healthy amounts of calcium to remain in the body. Bananas are also great source of B6 which serves numerous health roles in the body including fighting cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and obesity as well as strengthening immunity, cell formation and proper nervous system function.
Cacao Powder: The power behind dark chocolate lies in this flavonoid-filled antioxidant powerhouse, which reaps cardiovascular benefits that help your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels stay in check. The so-called “New Red Wine” also packs in a hefty serving of iron and magnesium. Super power perk: a spoonful of powder signals the release of mood-boosting neurotransmitters!
Chia Seeds: Similar to flaxseed, chia seeds are loaded with omega 3’s, protein, iron, calcium and fiber (5 grams per tablespoon)! Once in your stomach, these seeds expand 10 times their size, making you feel fuller than most foods. Bonus points over flaxseed – they keep much longer and do not need to be ground up to be fully digested.
Cinnamon: “Once upon a time Cinnamon was more valuable that gold.” For sure – here’s why, it lowers bad cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and fights yeast and bacteria due to antifungal and anti-bacterial properties. It’s also shown to have an anti-clotting affect in blood and boosts cognitive function and memory.
Dried Cranberries: While not as nutrient potent as fresh cranberries and/or blueberries, they sure are convenient, and delicious. They add texture to yogurt and a good sweet flavor. They are also not nutrient void. Dried cranberries have been linked to studies that show an increase in immune system, strengthened cardiovascular system due to high fiber, vitamin C and other antioxidant levels.
Flax Seeds: High in fiber, lignans, alpha linolenic acid help boost your immunity and are also key players in the fight against cancer, particularly breast and colon cancer. Flax is the highest source of omega 3 essential fatty acid in the plant kingdom, which helps fight inflammation. Flax is also a phytoestrogen, helping to stabilize hormone levels.
Gogi Berries: A new supplement to our range of berries, these tangy berries are an ancient superfood that have been used to treat a multitude of conditions including diabetes and high blood pressure. The structure of the berry supports the growth of good-for-you intestinal bacteria, they are also full of beta carotene and an antioxidant called astaxanthin, both of which are great for your skin!
So that’s it, you’re officially out of excuses for making a healthy breakfast – ha!
But seriously, what are your favorite yogurt mix-ins and/or your favorite healthy breakfast you can make in 2 minutes or less?
This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.
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