Make sure to eat breakfast every morning – even if you don’t think that you’re hungry. Studies show that people who skip meals as a diet strategy almost always make up for the missing calories at other meals. Skipping a meal causes you to come to the table overly hungry and to eat quickly. Your body will not be able to register the amount of food you have eaten in such a short time, which may cause you to eat until you are over-full.
Good breakfast choices include things like oatmeal, cold cereal with lowfat or skim milk, and yogurt. Fruit is always a good option, particularly on days when you don’t feel too hungry after waking up. If you find eating in the morning to be terribly difficult, take a few minutes to make a smoothie. Smoothies can give you a great mix of fruits and dairy and get your day off to a great start.
Wake Up Smoothie
From EatingWell Magazine
1 ¼ cups orange juice
1 ¼ cups frozen berries (I recommend strawberries)
1 medium banana
½ cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 tbsp sugar (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Makes 2 – 1 ½ cup servings.
(approximately 190 calories per serving, made with strawberries and including optional sugar)