A week or so ago I posted that I was struggling with eating in the morning and therefore, struggling through my workout. I got some great feedback both here and on my Facebook Page about how others rev themselves up in the morning, and it really rejuvenated me. I have a tendency to get stuck in a rut when it comes to eating healthy, so a few new ideas (or reminding me of old ideas) helped me get back on track.
The first thing I embraced was oatmeal. I'd forgotten how much I like oatmeal and just how filling it is. For extra nutrition and the protein I really need to sustain a killer session at Clay I add in a handful of nuts (I prefer almonds) and some blueberries. Berries are pretty expensive this time of year so I'm probably going to have to go to frozen soon, but KK and M love them too and they pack so much nutrition into a small package that it seems worth the expense for now.
I also renewed my love for greek yogurt this week. Apparently eating the same thing every day for months will tire you of it - who knew? But after a few weeks vacation yogurt and I are back on good terms. On workout days I get crazy and add in a little granola. It's pretty high in fat and calories, but a little goes a long way so I don't feel too guilty. My favorite is Bear Naked's Fit Vanilla Almond Crunch. One serving (1/4 cup) has 120 calories, 2.5 g of fat, 2 g of fiber and just 4 g of sugar. I stir about an 1/8 cup in and it fuels me for the morning. Hyam would prefer that I eat the plain and sweeten it with honey, but I haven't quite come around to that taste yet.
Finally, I decided to take the bagel off the "Devil List". Don't get excited - I realize these days most bagels could feed an entire small country for a week. They can, however, also be a decent source for breakfast if you do it right. No super-sized shmear of cream cheese here - just a half a whole wheat bagel topped with a tablespoon of peanut butter and banana slices. It's a good start to the day - and you've got your carb craving curbed before 9am!