Breakfast is the MOST important meal of the day! Right? Since I'm visiting the original Happiest Place on Earth this weekend, I have a fantastic guest post from Kate from the blog KateisEating. She's sharing 5 Breakfasts Under 300 Calories. Listen up friends, it's time to get schooled on breakfast!
Hey, guys! I'm Kate and I’m so excited to be doing a guest post for fit2flex. I’m a new #FitFluential Ambassador and I’m looking forward to interacting with a wonderful community of fitness enthusiasts and health bloggers. Thank you, Carissa, for allowing me to grace your blog!
If there’s anything I’ve learned in my fitness journey it’s a reiteration of everything you’ve heard from your mother to your doctor: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s the truth. I used to make excuses like “I’m not a breakfast person,” or “I don’t have time to eat breakfast I’m so busy.” Once you make this a part of your routine, it’s hard to escape it. You have more energy and you aren’t snacking on empty calories throughout the day.
The most crucial part of breakfast, it seems, is planning.
Think about it: convenience is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, factor in whether you decide to have it when you wake up. It’s convenience that makes you tell yourself that you will just get a breakfast sandwich or a bagel on the way to work. When you start planning your meals ahead of time these things get much easier. The options I’ve outlined below range from something you can make ahead, to something you can make almost before you head out of the door.
And even on a whim, you can always find at least 10 minutes in your morning to make something for yourself. Worst case scenario? Have some low fat yogurt with fruit and nuts. Grab a banana or a granola bar on the way out. Ensuring that you have something nutritious in your stomach immediately wakes you up and gets your metabolism going so you can head out and conquer your day.
5 Breakfasts Under 300 Calories
This recipe is originally from the CLEAN program and you can find more information on it on my blog. I've modified it a bit (the original recipe had crushed cashews) but it still tastes amazing. This takes literally 3 minutes to put together and then blend. You can make this the night before and chill it in the refrigerator overnight to have a nice, cool shake. In the winter, this is amazing when it's warm.
Calories: 290, Carbohydrates: 21g, Fat: 15g, Protein: 21g, Sugar: 3g
You've probably tried your hand at making this versatile breakfast food and, if you have, I suggest adding a sprinkling of chia seeds to your recipe. The seeds add a bit of a chewiness to the granola because the seeds absorb water. Granola is a fairly blank slate and you can alter it to suit your tastes. Make this ahead of time and you can have an entire batch for the whole week.
Calories: 174, Carbohydrates: 25g, Fat: 8g, Protein: 4g, Sugar: 9g
Here's an option for those following a raw diet. Sure you can whip up oatmeal (instant or old-school over the stove) in the morning but when it's so hot outside sometimes you just need something cold in the morning. This overnight oatmeal is the bomb, guys. The recipe on my blog came out a little too runny and too sweet for my taste so with extra modifications (1/2 tbsp of almond butter, 1/2 tbsp honey, and only 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk) it has come out yummier and more "oatmeal"-like in texture. Store this in a jar and take it with you on the go!
Calories: 293, Carbohydrates: 41g, Fat: 14g, Protein: 8g, Sugar: 18g
You may or may not be toying with the idea of a juice cleanse. If you are, this is a good juice to start with. Ginger is effective in relieving GI distress so this is good for an overworked tummy. Carrots and oranges, on the other hand, are packed with nutrients and vitamins. You can make this using a blender but you get optimum results with a juicer. What's not to like about a fat-free start to your morning?
Calories: 204, Carbohydrates: 59g, Fat: 0g, Protein: 2g, Sugar: 35g
Sorry, but apparently I've found multiple uses for my oatmeal. This is flourless and instead uses finely pulsed old-fashioned oats as the main "starch" in this muffin recipe. The batter is sticky so use foil or silicone liners (or a silicone pan). Be generous with the strawberries: they make all the difference in the muffins! This recipe can be substituted with calorie-free sweetener, like stevia, so that each muffin is about 93 calories a serving. With regular sugar it's a little more but you can have two in the morning for breakfast and still be under 300 calories.
Calories: 139, Carbohydrates: 75g, Fat: 7g, Protein: 15g, Sugar: 42g