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Quick Healthy Breakfast Ideas: Ham and Cheese Frittata {New Food Friday}

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quick healthy breakfast ideasI know it’s been awhile since I have done a new food Friday post but here is a great quick healthy breakfast ideas that is sure to make your morning a snap. Bake these little guys ahead of time (using some leftover ham from a family event) and just grab and go. This is a breakfast I like. Enjoy

 

Leftover Ham and Cheese Frittata

Ingredients:

Cooking spray

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

2/3 cup chopped Hormel Ham (if you have leftover ham from a family party this is perfect)

1/3 cup (about 1 1/2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese

2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

1/8 teaspoon dried thyme

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

4 large egg whites

1 large egg

Directions:

Heat oven to 350°.

Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add ham; cook 3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool 5 minutes. Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl then stir with a whisk. Add ham mixture, stir with a whisk. Spoon mixture into 24 mini muffin pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until set.

If you try this recipe please come back to tell us how it is or if you made any awesome additions to it.

Have some quick healthy recipe ideas you would like to share? I would love to feature you and your creation.

This post is part of the Hormel Extended Family Blogger program

Rise and Shine! Quick Healthy Breakfast Ideas

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quick healthy breakfast ideaNutrition is always a complicated topic, but I can safely say that eating regular, balanced meals is vital for your health. It took me so long to realize how important breakfast was. I'd roll my eyes at my mother as she'd try to convince me to have breakfast every morning. "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day". It's true. And beginning with a quick healthy breakfast helps set you up for the rest of the day and also reduces your chances of over eating come 3pm, assisting you to maintain a regular eating routine. 

It can be hard, though, to get motivated to make a nice balanced breakfast especially when you're rushing to get everyone organised and out the door, so here are some easy, quick healthy breakfast recipes to get you started and give you the energy you need to get through your day. These are my personal favourites. One of the benefits of seeking out a nutritionist for treatment for my eating disorder is coming across so many awesome food ideas. It'd be selfish to keep them all to myself! Enjoy! 

What constitutes a quick healthy breakfast?

When putting your breakfast together, it's important to try to incorporate one serving of carbohydrate, calcium, fruit and a protein. This may seem like a lot, but it's important to help kick start your metabolism, which helps you to burn calories rather than store them! It will help you avoid binge eating, by better regulating your hunger and your concentration will be improved! 

Fruit salad with honey yoghurt, flaxseed, whole grain toast and a cup of tea. 

Chop up some banana, apple, orange, pineapple & strawberries. Top with greek style honey (mix through one table spoon of honey) and sprinkle with a teaspoon of ground flaxseeds. Add in a piece of whole grain toast with almond butter or honey and you've got a perfect, balanced and healthy breakfast full of protein, potassium, calcium and (healthy) carbohydrates. 

Porridge

It's winter here in Australia, so porridge (cooked rolled oats) is a regular in my house at the moment. Top this with some fresh or frozen berries bananas and low fat milk. I tend to sprinkle through some chia seeds for a little extra omega 3 and protein. 

On-The-Go Smoothie

When you're really pushed for time and need something really quick and easy, belnd some frozen berries, kiwi, banana, 1 cup of natural yoghurt, 1 teaspoon of ground flaxseeds or 1-2 teaspoons of chia gel with a cup of ice. Have alongside a museli bar or a protein bar for a perfect, quick healthy breakfast

Eggs

Eggs are always a good quick healthy breakfast. They're full of protein and they're filling. 2 eggs is one protein serve. I like to poach two eggs, served on whole grain toast with a piece of fruit and a milo or yoghurt. 

Have some fun and make up your own breakfast combinations. Breakfast doesn't have to be a chore, make it something you look forward to every morning! Your body deserves it! Remember, by combining a healthy, balanced diet with regular exercise you are doing your mind and body a massive favour. 

What are your favourite quick healthy breakfast idea? Do you find that if you skip breakfast, you're reaching for the high sugar, high carb, low energy foods before your next meal? 

 

 

Five Ways to Eat Healthy While Traveling- Including A Quick Healthy Breakfast Idea

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Eat Healthy While TravelingWhen you travel, healthy eating isn't always the first thing on your mind. Especially when you're busy getting the kids ready and double checking travel arrangements. You may have a structured meal plan at home, but carrying this out on the road or in hotels is not really practical. Fortunately, there are some ways to still stick to a healthy diet while traveling. For starters, many airports, hotels and resorts now offer healthy menu options. And yes I said airports. You might be surprised at the meal options at some of the larger airports. Here are five ways to eat healthier when traveling:

Pack Mini-meals

You probably won't have time to whip up an entire meal and stuff it in Tupperware containers, but there are some smaller items you can pack to feed the hunger as you go. Remember hearing something about not going to the grocery store when hungry? The same applies to traveling. If you got a rumbling stomach, you'll soon be salivating over McDonald's billboards. Plan ahead and pack some sandwiches and raw vegetables that will stay fresh for a while. Maybe include some crackers, dried fruit, protein bars and granola bars. Throw in a small salad or two and you're all set.

Plan Travel Meals Ahead of Time

You’re already on the Internet making travel plans, so why not take a few minutes to make some meal plans? Go through your itinerary for each day and determine where you will be each day. Do an online search for local restaurants. This avoids the temptation to stop at the first place you see. Visit travel blogs for the locations you'll be visiting. Many locals post recommendations you don't usually find on flashy travel websites. Maybe even schedule a stop at one or two out-of-the-way restaurants. These places are likely to be more flexible with their menus and willing to make healthier substitutions so you can maintain your diet.

Plan Meals with the Hotel or Resort

Many hotels and resorts post their entire menus online. If you are going to a place that does not do this, you can still email them to request a copy of their menu. Some places will even allow you to make special meal requests, as long as you call ahead of time and make the arrangements. You can also make reservations at hotel or resort restaurants with healthy menu items. This doesn't mean you can't have the occasional treat. Part of the experience of traveling is to enjoy some of the local delights. Planning your meals with the hotel or resort is just a way of keeping things in balance.

Bring Protein Shake Mixes

Protein powder packets are designed for the traveler. These are great, easy-to-prepare packages that make a good snack or meal replacement. They make an quick healthy breakfast alternative. Granted, some protein shakes don't taste all that good. Just bring some fruit in a container to add to your shake to give it some added flavor. Check with the hotel or resort to see if you have access to a kitchen of if they'll let you use their blender. Simply turn your protein shake into a delicious – and still healthy – smoothie. Add ice and fresh fruit and you're all set. Add some fat free yogurt for a little extra flavor without the added guilt.

Look for Salad Buffets

if you don't want to pack pre-made salads, then do a little research and find restaurants with salad buffets along your travel route or at your eventual destination. This gives you a wide selection of fresh salad fixings – including fresh vegetables and fruits – that you can enjoy as a meal. Many salad bars include grilled veggies, fat free cheeses and lean meats. You don't have to be a rabbit and live on salads, but a salad buffet can be used for at least one of your meals each day to avoid doing too much damage to your diet. If you carefully select your salad items, you can get all the nutrients you need to stay healthy.

It just takes a little planning to find healthy meal options when you travel. Start by packing some healthy snacks to enjoy on the way. Call ahead to your hotel or resort and see if you can make meal arrangements or at least get a copy of their menu. Scope out local restaurants – including some with salad buffets – and brings a few protein shakes and you're all ready to stay healthy as you travel.

Greg Carter is a commercial driver and when he isn't on the road blogs for usedsemitrailers.com, a site where you can find all kinds of Used Trailers – even a lowboy trailer!

Wholesome Breakfast with General Mills {Review +Giveaway}

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Quick Healthy BreakfastOh the 80's how I loved thee. Before Playstation, Wii, or Xbox there was a little box called Atari. I remember playing Pong and Frogger on it when I was a kid. Boy have times changed.  General Mills has teamed up with Target and Atari to bring you back to the 80's. Yeah!!

Get yourself a  healthy breakfast with your favorite Big G cereal like Cheerios, Total or a big bowl of Wheaties. This is the best way to start the day off.  General Mills brings you a wide variety of whole grain cereals to make sure you do have a well balanced healthy breakfast.

My Thoughts

My son currently is enjoying Cinnamon Toast Crunch as a snack. He isn't really a cereal with milk eater but this past weekend we hit a kids event with a bag full of it in case he needed a snack. He also loves Honey Nut Cheerios too.  For me I am more of a Total gal. They used to have a Total cereal with strawberries that I really liked but I can't seem to find it anymore.  I am however, looking forward to trying Total Cinnamon Crunch.  I see on their website that they have a brand called Basic 4 that looks worth trying.  I will use the $10 Target gift card that was supplied to me to go try these.

Giveaway

General Mills, Atari, and Target are giving one lucky reader their Retro Big G gift pack. You will receive 2 boxes of Big G cereal in their retro 80's look, a $10 gift card to buy other Big G cereals to try, and a free download of one 80's classic Atari game.  Come on you have got to try Pong if you haven't already.


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Disclosure: The prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills, Atari and Target through MyBlogSpark.