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Make Your Morning Count!
January 13, 2015
Make Your Morning Count!
#TBT. I’m sixteen-years-old sitting on the grass with my best friend stretching for my race, and suddenly he’s there. Yeah, it's him. The on-point cutie that makes my palms sweat.
“Hey, a group of us are meeting up tonight after the track meet. You girls want to join in?” He’s talking directly to me.
Are you kidding? YAAAAAAS!.
If this was a Disney movie it would be the part where I would say, “Yes, thank you that sounds wonderful!” and then twirl around for 25 minutes singing about how suddenly he’s noticed me and how my heart is all a flutter. But seeing that it isn’t, and clearly I’m frozen in shock, my best friend swoops in to the rescue:
“We’d love to.”
I am exited but I’m also famished. I haven’t eaten breakfast and I scarfed down a protein bar for “lunch” so I’m practically rattling with hunger, pre-race jitters, and something that at the time I imagined to be true love.
I run to the vending machines and get myself a turkey sub and a peach soda. The vending machine sandwiches were notoriously gross at my high school, but I’m so ravenous that processed American cheese tastes like a fine French brie.
I run back to the track and my race is being called. I’m on the blocks. The starter’s gun goes off and I’m around the track . . .
. . . And it’s done before I know it. I’m 3rd. No one needs to tell me. My time stinks. I bend over to catch my breath, and, I . . .
. . . wait for it . . .
. . . I throw up the contents of my pre-race foodfest all over the track, all over my jersey, and all over the shoes of the girl that got in first.
Needless to say, everyone is watching. And when I say everyone, I mean everyone: Even him.
I was totally humiliated.
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Eating regular meals is a key to good health, especially breakfast. Studies have proven that students that eat a well-balanced breakfast have better memory and concentration, and even do better on tests!
Breakfast eaters have more physical endurance and strength and are less likely to be obese. They are also less likely to shove down a meal and up-chuck in front of Prince Charming. (Okay, I made that last statistic up, but I think you get my point.)
Queens, this month, pledge to make breakfast count.
Every. Single. Day.
Here are 4 suggestions for a sunny start to your day. No excuses ladies, these all take under 5 minutes to make (and if you aren’t ready to tackle that snooze button addiction just yet, you can prep them the night before).
Every morning should always start with a big glass or bottle of water, then choose from one of the 4 energy-boosting breakfasts below:
A whole-wheat bagel (fiber, energy) topped with peanut butter (protein, good fats) and honey
Low-fat yogurt and a piece of fruit
A protein packed hard-boiled egg, a piece of fruit, and whole-wheat toast
A Queen Bee Berry Blast Smoothie:
1 fist-sized portion of frozen mixed berries
1 cup of milk or milk substitute (soy, almond or coconut milk)
6 ounces of yogurt (that’s a bit more than ½ a cup)
1 cup of ice
A squeeze of honey
Place the ingredients into a blender. Cover, and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.
Extra Credit: This might sound totally gross, but trust me on this one. Try throwing in a handful of spinach. You’ll never taste it. Spinach is packed with essential vitamins and minerals, some which are difficult to find in other foods. Your skin, hair, and heart will all thank you for it!
Queens, in the coming months I plan to use this space, my Dairy Diaries, as a place to talk about why what you eat counts and how to make your fork a tool for everything from self transformation to global change. And I want to hear YOUR voice! If you have a question, comments about food or eating, or a story or recipe you want to share, email the Dairy Queen at firstname.lastname@example.org