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Monday, June 24, 2013

A Healthy Breakfast in a Hurry for New Moms (or Anyone)

Sometimes it's tough planning things out during the day with a 2-month old baby, but one thing I've found I can rely on (at least for now) is that in the first 10-15 minutes after Trey wakes up he'll lay on his playmat and play with toys.  This 10-15 minutes gives me just enough time to make a good breakfast.  Eating this breakfast while doing my morning Bible study (that's been cut short these days), is what I consider  getting the day started right!

Here's what I have for breakfast:  Oatmeal with fresh fruit & walnuts, a glass a fresh juice, and a mug of warm lemon water.
My Breakfast in The Morning

Oatmeal:


Oatmeal with Chopped Walnuts & Fresh Fruit
I love oatmeal!  Studies have shown that oatmeal lowers cholesterol, reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure, is jam-packed with antioxidants, prevents arteries from hardening, can prevent the development of breast cancer, prevents the development of diabetes, boosts the immune system, and prevents weight gain {source}.  With benefits like this, who wouldn't love oatmeal?!?

Because of my time constraints, I use the 1-minute quick oats and nuke them in the microwave.  I top them with a little agave nectar, a sprinkle of cinnamon, a little vanilla extract (about a small capful), chopped walnuts, and fresh fruit.  Mix it all together and voila!  This time, I used raspberries and blueberries but I also enjoy my oatmeal with sliced bananas and strawberries.  When Trey was just born, I used a frozen oatmeal recipe that allowed me to prep a large pan of oatmeal and made it easy to warm up a small bowl each morning.  But, for now, this is just as easy and fresh!

A Glass of Fresh Juice
Fresh Juice:

Fresh juice may be one of the healthiest items I consume in the morning--or all day.  Some of the health benefits of drinking fresh juice include:  consuming more fruits and vegetables each day, increasing the health of the liver/kidneys and other organs, increasing immunity and overall health, and increasing the absorption of nutrients by up to 80%! {source}

This one may seem like it takes the longest amount of time, but it doesn't.  Because I prep my fruits and veggies ahead of time, it only takes 2 minutes to juice everything I need for breakfast.  The glass of juice in the picture on the left is a delicious combination of apples, spinach, lemon, and other pieces of goodness.  I found the recipe on Pinterest and will share it with you on Wednesday!  Stay tuned!!  



A Mug of Warm Water with Lemon

Warm Lemon Water:

A few weeks ago, my mom shared the article "Why You Should Drink Warm Water & Lemon"  After I read about the health benefits of drinking this simple concoction every morning, I decided to add it to my breakfast line-up.  Here are some of the benefits listed in the article:  boosts your immune system, balances pH, helps with weight loss, aids digestion, acts as a gentle/natural diuretic, clears skin, and hydrates the lymph system.  With something so easy to prepare and so good for me, how could I pass it up?



Do you eat breakfast?  What's on your plate?

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