Nutrition and Fitness with Randa

Protein-Packed Meatball Egg Muffins

This is seriously one of the easiest, fastest protein-rich snacks you will ever make!

I was eating meatballs one day and started thinking about how I could incorporate them in other ways besides the classic spaghetti and meatballs - this is what I came up with.

These Meatball Egg Muffins pack a huge protein punch and are bursting with flavor. They are very portable - great for breakfast on the go, snacks for work, beach and park days, car trips,  and even birthday parties (my kids love these).

All you need: 3 ingredients - meatballs, egg whites, bread (nix the bread for a gluten-free muffin). Watch my video to see how easy to make they truly are.

Bon Appetit!

Warning: make double or triple the recipe, because these babies go fast!

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Oatmeal Trifle

This recipe is a great way to get protein into your morning oatmeal.

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Chicken for Breakfast?

Chicken for Breakfast? How to Add More Protein to your Breakfast

A friend of mine recently asked how she can get more protein in at breakfast without eating dairy. I thought this would be great blog post as I imagine many are either not getting enough protein, or eating too much of it, at breakfast. I do have a friend who enjoys chicken at breakfast - why not? There are no rules! Well, maybe 2: make sure to actually eat breakfast and secondly, ask yourself if you have enough protein.

Speaking of breakfast, it is likely that we have all heard – maybe to ad nauseum – that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But WHY is it such a big deal?

  • Your metabolism slows when you haven’t eaten in a while (more than three hours) When you wake up, you haven’t eaten for at least 6 hours – unless you are raiding the pantry in your sleep!
  • Eating breakfast within 30 minutes of waking essentially jump starts your metabolism.
  • If you can’t stomach breakfast, at least eat a snack, then eat breakfast two hours later.

So what to eat to ensure you are getting at least 15 grams of protein? Here are some delicious breakfast ideas:

* Add vanilla protein powder to your oatmeal. Tip: Wisk the powder with some water or milk before adding otherwise it will be lumpy – yuk! (If you are dairy-free, try Jay Robb Egg White Protein Powder or Life’s Basics Plant Protein Powder)

*Greek Yogurt topped with berries, a small sliced banana and some toasted nuts.

*Cereal with milk or soymilk – if the combined amount of protein in the serving of cereal and serving of milk is not 15 grams, add a small side of eggs, turkey sausage, or add protein powder to your milk.

*Egg sandwich: 1 egg/2 egg whites or 3-4oz egg whites and a piece of Canadian bacon  or Morning Star soy sausage patties sandwiched between two pieces of whole wheat or sourdough toast with a side of berries or grapefruit

*Fruit Smoothie: 1 banana + 1 cup berries + 1 serving protein powder + H2O + ice

1 cup milk (any kind) + 3 cup berries + 1 serving protein powder + ice

(You can also add some ground flaxseed to any of these breakfast ideas for a boost of essential fatty acids and fiber)

What do YOU eat for breakfast? Leave a comment!

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