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strawberry oatmeal smoothieStrawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

Recipe by Astrophe

“This is a fast vegan smoothie with a deep pink color and a rich, creamy texture. VERY filling, and perfect for people in a rush in the morning. You don’t have to give up a good breakfast when it’s this fast to make! I use vitamin fortified soy milk.

Ingredients:
1 cup soy milk
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 banana, broken into chunks
14 frozen strawberries
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
Directions:
1. In a blender, combine soy milk, oats, banana and strawberries. Add vanilla and sugar if desired. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

Recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com

Best Breakfast Tips Ever

What does your body really need every morning?

Protein.

eggs with whole wheat bagleProtein is critical for maintaining muscle mass and brain power. Proteins are part of every cell, tissue, and organ in our bodies. They are constantly being broken down, and thus need to be replaced via food. Protein also helps you to feel satisfied longer.

  • A vegetable omelet and whole-grain toast
  • Yogurt with granola or cereal
  • Plain yogurt-based fresh or frozen fruit smoothies
  • Oatmeal and eggs
  • Whole wheat English muffin with eggs, peanut butter or almond butter

Don’t forget the fruit!

Try to include a serving of fruit on your breakfast menu, such as grapefruit, oranges, apples, pears or berries, for a healthy dose of vitamins.

Article courtesy of http://blackdoctor.org/235677/what-is-the-best-breakfast/10/

Belly Stuffing Peanut Butter Oatmeal

belly stuffing peanut butter oatmealBelly Stuffing Peanut Butter Oatmeal
Ingredients

  • 2 C old fashioned oats
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 C vanilla soy milk
  • 1 C water
  • 4 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp agave syrup

Directions

1.
Whip it up Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of old fashioned oats and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. In a medium bowl, beat 2 eggs and add 2 cups of vanilla soy milk, a cup of water, and 4 tablespoons of natural peanut butter. Add to the oats, pour mixture into dish, and bake for 20 minutes. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons agave syrup.

Nutritional Facts per serving

CALORIES 243.6 CAL

Ways to Increase your Metabolism

increase metabolismAccording to Everyday Healthy, Everyone’s metabolism naturally slows down with age. At 40, you could be burning 100 to 300 fewer calories a day than you did at 30, says Pamela M. Peeke, M.D., author of Body for Life for Women and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. That can translate into a 10-25-pound weight gain in a year. But you can counteract that slowdown and boost your body’s fat-burning capabilities by making just a few tweaks to your daily routine. The following strategies will help you bust out of a weight-loss plateau and burn even more fat.

Take five
Do five minutes of exercise each morning. We all have a metabolic thermostat, called the metastat, that can be turned up or down, and morning is the best time to activate it. Each day, your metastat is waiting for signals to rev up, so the more signals you can send it, the better. Your best bet is a light, full-body activity like walking or push-ups.

Fuel up in the morning
Numerous studies have found that regular breakfast eaters are often leaner than breakfast skippers. Your activity level and metabolism decrease later in the day, it’s a good idea to make breakfast or lunch your largest meal.

Fill up on good grains
Whole grains such as brown rice, wheat germ, dark bread, whole-grain cereal, oatmeal and bran leave you feeling full because they take longer to digest than simple carbohydrates.  Women who regularly ate the most whole-grain foods — about 1.5 servings a day — gained less weight than women who ate the least.

Pump yourself up
Muscle burns more calories than fat does, and decreased muscle mass can be one of the main reasons metabolism slows. To build and maintain muscle mass, aim for two to three strength-training workouts a week.  Try push-ups, squats, abdominal crunches and tricep dips off a chair.

Power on with protein
Add a little high-quality, low-fat protein, such as chicken, fish and egg whites, to your meals, and you’ll help your body burn fat faster.