Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Importance of Breakfast

The Importance of Breakfast

These days we all seem to be in a hurry, rushing out the door without much time to spare. Only 25% of adults are taking the time to eat a good healthy breakfast, putting the other 75% at health risks. Does breakfast really matter though? Doesn't it cut out extra calories for the day? 

Studies have been showing that skipping breakfast has its problems. Those who skip breakfast are at a 30-40% higher risk of dying, than those who eat breakfast regularly (Breslow study). Skipping breakfast also leads to being overweight, and this is because the calories eaten in the morning are more effectively utilized than those consumed later in the day. 
For those who do not have enough time in the morning to make breakfast, wake up earlier and make the time. This recipe only takes me 10 minutes to make in the morning, giving me plenty of time to finish all the necessities for the morning. 
So may think that they are reducing their calories in the morning by skipping breakfast, and therefore helping them to lose weight, however, studies show that people who skip breakfast tend to be overweight and are at higher risk of developing diabetes. If you skip breakfast, you tend to eat more snacks and food throughout the day.

Check out the video for a great breakfast video, plus more reasons why breakfast is important for our health.

1/2 cup quick oats
1 cup water
pinch of salt
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
1 1/2 Tbsp agave nectar
1/4 tsp pumpkin spice
1/4 cup soy milk
1/4 cup berries
1 oz nuts

This recipe contains 450 calories, 12 grams of fiber, and 12 grams of protein!

So make sure you are making breakfast an important part of your day, because your future self will thank you!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Molten Lava Cake

Looking for a perfect recipe to make for your special Valentine? Well, look no farther, because here it is. This is a special cake recipe that is quick and simple to make. It will only take around 20-25 minutes total, and your valentine will be even more in love with you and this dessert.

A way to a man's heart is through is stomach, so here's the way to his heart. And men, you'll easily sweep a woman off her feet with a chocolate dessert! 

1 1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar (can use 1 cup if you're wanting it sweeter)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup soy milk (or other milk alternatives)
1/2 cup canola oil
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
6 Tbsp chocolate chips (vegan)

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Let them sit for 3-4 minutes and remove from pan. Sift powdered sugar if desired. Garnish with min leaves and fruit. Eat and enjoy!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Seasoned Popcorn

Breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen, and supper like a pauper. This is a recipe that I make for supper sometimes. Typically in the United States we have it backwards, and we tend to eat large meals for dinner. But why? After dinner how many of those calories do we burn off? Not very many. So they are really just turing to extra unused calories, and help to pack on the extra weight. We tend to burn off most all of the calories for breakfast since we have the entire day to be active. But with dinner we tend to go to sleep somewhat soon after. 
So I'm sharing a light recipe that you might like to try eating for dinner one evening. Sometimes I'll pair it together with a fruit smoothie or some fruit. 
It's a simple recipe to make and it's much healthier than the popcorn you buy and the store and stick in the microwave. So get out of the box and give this recipe a try! 

1/2 cup popcorn kernels
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 Tbsp water
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dill weed
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup yeast flakes

Benefits of Popcorn
Popcorn is considered a whole grain, which means that it contains fiber! Also it contains an antioxidant called polyphenols. Polyphenols help to prevent degenerative diseases like osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and neurodegenerative diseases.