Breakfast is the first thing we’re supposed to eat in the morning and the fuel that we need to power through the day. Ideally, breakfast should be a nutritious meal, but some dietitians and fitness experts tell their clients that they are better off eating anything – even a donut! – than skipping the meal entirely.
Even if you’re strapped for time in the morning, there are still ways to eat a healthy breakfast that don’t include the drive-thru.
I’m not going to tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You already know, you’ve heard that one before. Breakfast is also the meal that people commonly skip, especially in the winter when cold weather and dreary skies force us to stay in bed for “just five more minutes.”
When it’s cold outdoors, jump-start your day with a warm breakfast that will help keep your belly full and your mind focused all morning.
I love pureed pumpkin. It is such a tasty way to sneak in a vegetable and it just screams fall. It is loaded with vitamin A, fiber, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, and antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which contribute to health of the eyes. At just 40 calories for 1/2 cup, pumpkin is a very nutrient dense food. Here are a few ways I like to use it:
Pumpkin Yogurt: Mix plain non-fat Greek yogurt with pumpkin (I usually do equal amounts or slightly more yogurt) and season with vanilla and cinnamon. This can be used as a dip or as a base for breakfast with the addition of fruit, oats, cereal, and/or flaxseed.
Smoothies: Add a spoonful (or more if you’re daring!) to your regular smoothies. I recommend pumpkin, almond milk, banana, milled flax seed, cinnamon, vanilla and a scoop of almond butter. Blend together and enjoy a nice refreshing drink! (more…)
Spinach is a much maligned vegetable, due in part to its strong flavor. It’s unfortunate that many people avoid spinach, for it truly is a superfood and is one of the best vegetables you can add to your diet. It has a high nutrition content, is rich in antioxidants and is an excellent source of iron, Vitamin C, niacin, Vitamin B and calcium. (more…)
A friend to DietsInReview sent us this pic of Kim Kardashian leaving a NYC Jamba Juice yesterday, and it got us thinking… is this how she’s feeding those curves?
We have no way of knowing what’s in that large Jamba Juice cup that Kim Kardashian is carrying. What we do know is that it’s probably filled to the hilt with calories. We’ll grant that if this is her on-the-go lunch that it’s probably got fewer calories and fat and more vitamins than some other in-and-out, grab-and-go option might offer. If it’s a snack, we hope her Quicktrim and workouts are working out for her.
However, even Kim Kardashian should know that those smoothies are calorie bombs.
Here are a few tips on healthy ordering at JJ that we thought KK, and everyone else, could use. (more…)
You may have already seen this viral video, but did you wonder why Jamba Juice would make a commercial for a fake product? Sure, the cheeseburger chill is funny and totally gross, but the ad is also poking fun at McDonald’s new fruit smoothies.
One can’t help but think that the video reveals a little of Jamba Juice’s anxiety about losing market share to the fast-food giant. They maintain that a Jamba Juice smoothie is still the real deal, implying that the competitor’s smoothie is just a pale impostor.
Fresh fruit smoothies are one of the most refreshing tastes of summer. Healthy, filling, portable and a generous portion of any number of fruits and vegetables in one serving – it’s arguably a perfect food. So what happens to the smoothie when McDonald’s gets a hold of it? You might be surprised, but they didn’t do it much harm.
For as much grief as we give the fast-food leader, this is one menu addition they got fairly right. If you’re taking a spin through their drive-thru, it might be one of the healthier choices you can make. We were impressed to see real strawberry and banana purees listed as the first two ingredients in its Strawberry Banana Smoothie, followed by water, sugar and concentrated apple juice. For the Wild Berry Smoothie, strawberry puree leads water, sugar, blackberry puree, blueberry puree, concentrated pineapple juice and concentrated apple juice. Both smoothies contain less than 1% of other ingredients.
Are the extra sweeteners, like sugar and fruit juices, necessary? Not at all. The fruits and berries are naturally very sweet, and the addition of these ingredients only ups the calorie and sugar counts. But the fact that there is so much of the fruit included over these sweeteners bodes well for the smoothies. (more…)
Making your own smoothie is easy and you can create some delicious fruit combinations. Why not take a minute to whip up your own delicious and nutritious fruit smoothie? Watch this video to see my tips and tricks – why not grab a blender and join me?
This week Starbucks launched a whole line of new foods and beverages all inspired by customer ideas submitted at My Starbucks Idea. Customers have been clamoring for healthier food choices on the website and Starbucks has delivered with a new line of healthy smoothies (a personal star from me because I have not been able to find a commercial smoothie comparable to something I could make at home), new 300-calorie salads, and healthier breakfast baked goods. They also reformulated their products to adhere to guidelines customers suggested. In my opinion, Starbucks has taken their healthy approach to food to a whole new level. Most of their foods and beverages are under 500 calories. They have made company-wide improvements in the quality of their foods by listening to their customers ideas. That’s setting a standard for the industry.
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