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Hi there! I’ve made it my mission on this blog to find more balance in my life, whether its work/life balance, blog/work balance or life/life balance (let’s face it sometimes life gets in the way of living your life!). The one key factor I’ve noticed in all these attempts at balance is that balance means prioritizing some things while letting go of others. Sometimes we have to compromise to get what we want.
One thing I absolutely will not compromise on is healthy eating. I make it a priority every day to feed my body with nutritious and satisfying foods. But let’s face it, who has the time to sit around and chop up strawberries in the morning or prepare an amazing salad with homemade dressing for lunch or prep a well-balanced, perfectly cooked meal every night? Seriously, if you have this time, email me and tell me all about your life because I want in!
In reality, eating right is often done on the fly. There are so many bad choices out there that it can be easy to fall into a trap of making a wrong decision that will sabotage your diet. Sure, an egg sandwich you make at home with cooking spray, reduced fat cheese, turkey bacon and fresh avocado is healthy but the one you pick up from the drive-thru on the way to work—not so much.
So what to do when you don’t have a lot of time but you want to eat healthy? Well, a few strategies work for me. First, planning the night beforehand works well for me so I’m not rushing around like a crazy maniac in the morning. Spending even just 20 minutes making a to-do list or prepping the things I need for the next day makes a huge difference. Second, planning out my meals ahead of time and knowing what I’m going to eat so I have everything on hand is extremely important. Finally, I need a quick and nutritious breakfast that I can grab on the go.
Recently I tried a combo of Dannon Oikos Nonfat Yogurt and BelVita Breakfast Biscuits for a quick and nutritious breakfast. You guys, this combo is amazing! Not only is it super easy to grab and go, it tastes amazing! I consider myself a bit of a Greek yogurt connoisseur and I have to say that Dannon Oikos did not disappoint. I actually tried both their nonfat and traditional flavors and found them to be delicious. I am a fan of berries so the strawberry, raspberry and black cherry flavors where right up my alley.
I tried the blueberry crunch belVita Breakfast Biscuits and they were so tasty! The package comes with 5 packs of 4 and those things were gone fast! belVita Breakfast biscuits also come in apple cinnamon, cinnamon brown sugar, golden oat and chocolate, all of which I’m eager to try!
Dannon Oikos Greek Nonfat Yogurt contains 12g of protein and only 80 to 130 calories depending on the flavor. While belVita Breakfast Biscuits contain 18g of whole grains, 8g of fiber and plenty of B vitamins, all of which help you sustain energy throughout your morning. I hate eating breakfast only to feel like I need a snack a few hours later. In fact pairing Dannon Oikos with belVita Breakfast Biscuits and a piece of fruit results in a perfectly balanced breakfast. The best part? It’s as easy as 1-2-3. 1. Grab the products from the kitchen. 2. Pack in lunchbag. 3. Enjoy at my desk while checking my email in the morning. Perfection!
Like you, I try to plan ahead for my breakfasts and lunches at work. I rarely eat out because of the expense and the fat and salt content. When I do eat out, my choices start out really good when looking at the menu yet I often opt for an indulgence (burger, onion rings, blue cheese on filet, panko crusted fish). The idea of grabbing the belVita and yogurt for breakfast sounds effective–that would probably last me an hour or two then I would need breakfast #2–so I will keep that strategy for snack — of which I need about two during the day! Thanks for the tips!
I haven’t eaten the Belvita cookies in a while, but I definitely thought they were delicious. And I really like the Oikos yogurt, too. Usually I get up in the morning early enough to eat breakfast without rushing, but for the mornings when I’m on call overnight, it’s good to have a breakfast you can grab and go!
On mornings when I’m short on time I grab Shakeology and head to work. I make and drink it here, which saves so much time! Plus, I don’t have to worry about cleaning the blender like I do at home, hehe!! 😉
Because I work from home mostly, I eat breakfast there. But my husband does both, either takes something along or eats at home, depending on when he wakes up 🙂 For that reason, I try to make something in bulk on Sundays that he can grab-and-go or eat at home. Actually, my post today has a bunch of my go-to breakfast recipes.
I actually don’t really eat “breakfast” per say, I more just eat brunch… And it’s typically cans of sardines, salmon, tuna, etc – that are easy to open, since I am always in the car around that time….. Or I stop at Whole Foods/or any grocery store’s salad bar and load up on the CHICKEN!!!!!
During the week, I eat breakfast at work – usually hard boiled egg, fresh fruit and a granola bar. On the weekends, I go all out and make a nice oatmeal or omelette because breakfast is my favorite food. I love yogurt. I haven’t tried this brand yet, but I usually have yogurt with my lunch a couple times a week.
Breakfast is the worst for me! You would think I would have this down by now but I struggle with it all.the.time. Right now, I’m starving when I wake-up so I usually have a few of those whole wheat fig bars I’m loving. Then, about an hour later I have yogurt (Chobani) with granola, fresh fruit and a piece of whole wheat toast with natural peanut butter. Some mornings though, I don’t have time for all that! Those BelVita bars would be perfect on-th-go! I’m going to check their site right now… Thanks!
I agree with what you said about planning your meals (including breakfast). It makes it so easy to know that you are making a healthy decision when planning it ahead of time. My go-to healthy breakfast is usually greek yogurt with some type of fruit. That usually holds me until lunch time. I LOVE the Belvita biscuits. I’ve had the cinnamon flavor and enjoyed them!
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