This is my absolute fave breakfast solution, and something the Biggest Loser contestants all love! The Fiber Fix Yogurt Parfait quickly became one of their go-to options for a quick, easy, delicious and good-for-you breakfast.
Despite the word “cake,” the stats are anything but dessert-like: each mini cake contains only 80 calories, and a hefty 13g of fiber. The contestants call these cakes “hockey pucks” because of their appearance, but they’re surprisingly moist and tasty.
It takes one minute to warm the cake up and crumble it over Greek yogurt, add a dash of cinnamon and some fresh berries on top for an antioxidant boost and you have a guilt-free homemade parfait. (more…)
I know it is cliché but breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. When I miss it (which is very rare) I’m definitely not myself – I do not have the energy I need to get through the morning or function the best I can. Breakfast, or ‘breaking your overnight fast,’ can also help get your metabolism moving for the day.
Pictured is a typical breakfast for me, including whole grain toast, 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter, a small banana, and a Greek yogurt. This kind of meal is a satisfying blend of protein, grain, fruit, and a dairy serving. You don’t necessarily need to eat every single food group from MyPlate at every meal. I think it’s important to focus on a balance of foods so that you get the nutrients you need and feel as satisfied as possible. (more…)
This is a meal I had last week, chicken cacciatore with wild rice. I support Get Your Plate in Shape, it’s a wonderful way for folks to think about what they are eating and maybe make improvements for health if needed. I am a food blogger and avid home cook. As a family we travel a lot to many countries and this is reflected in my cooking, I think if you add global recipes to your repertoire it makes eating healthy, tasty meals fun and easy to do. With so many cuisines from around the globe its hard not to have something nutritious and exciting to cook. (more…)
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and it can really set the tone for the meals that follow. With all my meals I try really hard to incorporate all five food groups so that my meal is well-rounded, which keeps me feeling full and provides me with the greatest amount of nutrients. Scrambled eggs are a great starting point – add in a few veggies, a cup of yogurt with fresh fruit on the side and you’ve not only got a well-balanced meal, but one that’s easy to whip together for you and your family. (more…)
When it comes to a typical healthy and balanced meal, my Italian heritage often shines through! An ideal dinner plate could contain “Three Cheese Spinach Lasagna” from The Biggest Loser Flavors of the World Cookbook, New Favorite Meatballs from The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook with Main Event Marinara Sauce from The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook, and Lemon Arugula Salad from The Biggest Loser Quick and Easy Cookbook. And then I recommend eating the pictured blood orange for a snack a couple hours before or after dinner when hunger strikes. This whole plate (including the orange) contains less than 450 calories! (more…)