Food for thought…

A few years ago we changed our breakfast routine. Cold cereal, toast and 2 slices of turkey bacon had been our usual fare… not bad right? Think again…

I wasn’t implementing what I knew to be true: a high protein/low carb breakfast stays with you longer, provides more energy and, as a side benefit, helps control weight gain. All of us were struggling with weight and energy. I packed huge lunches for the kids and they were still hungry. So, we decided to get up a bit earlier and prepare a high protein breakfast. The results have been remarkable. Not only have we shed some pounds, but the kids lunches are now half what they used to be (including an after school snack) and they’re satisfied!

If this puts you under the pile let me assure you, high protein doesn’t always have to be eggs and bacon or sausage. Oatmeal is a easy and healthy choice. Wait, you say, where’s the protein in that? Here’s a little “magic” trick!

Add a ¼ cup of Quinoa to 3 cups boiling water and let cook for 8 minutes. Stir in 1 ½ cup oats, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp vanilla and cook another 5 minutes. Quinoa is a whole grain packed with protein!

I like to add a few pecans, a sprinkle of Purvia (a sweetener from the Stevia plant) and whatever fruit is in season.

Our body needs a good, protein rich breakfast. Likewise, our soul needs the spiritual food of God’s Word and the life-giving energy that comes from focused time with Him. My husband knows when I’ve skipped my morning “energy boost” with the Lord. He sees it in my countenance and the way I respond to my circumstances. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does he’ll inevitably say, “Did you miss your time with the Lord this morning?” Frankly, it irks me when he says it, but I know what I need to do. I can’t make it through the day without connecting to my Savior first!!

How about you? I implore (yes, I do mean implore) you to make time every morning to feed your body and your soul with the life giving food they need. No excuse is worth the consequences of not implementing what you know is true.  The rest of your day depends on it!!