First off, many thanks to Maggie for allowing me to do a guest post on her amazing blog. For those of you that don't me, my name is Heather, and after losing over a 100 pounds 10 years ago all on my own, I decided to start a blog called Heather Eats Almond Butter. The mission of my blog is to help others realize that weight loss through diet and exercise alone is within reach of anyone. I grew up overweight and just figured I was big-boned. Yeah, turns out I wasn't. My food choices and exercise habits simple needed some tweaking. :)
Like Maggie, I love breakfast! After I lost my weight, I started skipping breakfast, opting for cup after cup of coffee instead. Bad idea! No breakfast = a very caffeinated, yet very grouchy Heather. I would ignore my belly, telling myself that if I skipped breakfast, I could eat a bigger lunch and dinner. So silly. Now I eat a big breakfast everyday, and I enjoy every last bite. I'm much happier now, more productive throughout my mornings, and I don't stuff myself silly come lunch time.
What do I eat for breakfast? Oh, all sorts of things, everything from eggs to pancakes to roasted veggies. However, my favorite breakfast is probably oat bran, and I recently tried a new way of preparing it that I'd like to share with you.
First I cooked 1/2 cup oat bran with 1 1/2 cups water and a pinch of salt, stirring in 1 scoop of vanilla Sun Warrior rice protein powder after turning off the heat.
Inspired by Deb over at Smoothie Girl Eats Too, I then folded in 4 whipped egg whites for some extra volume and a little more protein. Just a side note, I would recommend cooking the egg whites on low until cooked through after folding them into your oats to ensure they aren't raw.
After topping with cinnamon and a big spoonful of almond butter, I had a HUGE bowl of complex carbs, fat, and protein, the perfect breakfast in my opinion. Deb, you're brilliant by the way. :)
Again, thank you Maggie for letting me share my yummy breakfast with all of your readers. Before I go, I wanted to leave all of you with a bit of advice, and that is to eat. We are all different. Some of us need more carbs while others of us thrive on a diet higher in protein and fat. There is no perfect diet for everyone, and what works for me may not work for you, but I do know one thing that ALL of our bodies need, and that is calories. Food = energy my friends. Don't deprive yourself of it, okay? I'm now off to energize myself with a little more almond butter. :)