#Saturday, September 26, 2009
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Saturday, September 26, 2009

For many of our newest members and clients, breakfast comes in the unfortunate form of a cup of coffee or a bagel smothered in cream cheese late in the day.  If you’ve been a member of Venice Nutrition for awhile, then you know how important it is to eat a meal (or even a mini-meal…more on that later) one hour within waking to kick-start your metabolism after a long night of zzzz’s.   Furthermore, it’s critical to make sure that your breakfast has the right balance of protein, carbohydrate and fat.  A balanced breakfast will help to prevent cravings and over-eating later in the day, and help your body get into fat burning mode first thing in the morning.

If you are not a “breakfast eater”, tend to feel nauseous in the mornings or workout very early, eating a full, balanced breakfast can be a challenge.  Here a few fast and simple tips you can incorporate into your mornings to make sure you start your day off right.

1.  If you are not hungry or feel nauseous in the mornings, try a mini-meal.  Choose any meal in your plan and cut each ingredient in half or even a third equally.  This way, your meal still has the correct ratio of protein, carbohydrate and fat, but in a smaller and more suitable portion size.

2. Aim for fast and simple solutions.   Try experimenting with a few bites of a protein bar, a ½ protein smoothie (cut each ingredient in half equally) or even the Greek Yogurt Parfait (see your Recipe Tab for the complete recipe).   

3. If it’s easier, make a complete meal, eat only ½ or 1/3 and then eat the remainder at your next meal.