Holiday Health Tip #3: Start Your Day Right

Holiday Health Tip #3: Start Your Day Right

Hydrate Yo Self

A big glass of lemon water cleanses your liver after those late nights at holiday cocktail parties. It also detoxes your body and decreases water retention, aka: that bloated inflated feeling that leaves you hating your skinny jeans. Lemon water is also highly alkalizing (click here to read why that’s such a good thing). Plus, lemons are an awesome source of vitamin C, which is the VIP of nutrient this time of year. Try a big glass of lemony H20 before your morning cup of caffeine. Remember to drink up all day long. Your body will thank you!

Get In Your Greens

Filling up on greens first thing in the morning will fuel your body with awesome minerals and fiber. If you aren’t a fan of green juice, then try some dark leafy greens with your eggs. Smoothie fan? Check out my go-to green smoothie below.

CANOES

Protein > Carbs

Why do I suggest protein over carbs in the a.m.? When you eat a meal, your body uses all the carbs first. The simpler they are (think sugary cereal and doughnuts) the quicker they disappear and – poof – your energy source is depleted. If you opt for complex carbs instead, your body will take longer to burn through them. After it’s finished using all of the carbs for energy, your body moves onto protein. Pairing your omelette or greek yogurt with a little sweet potato or small serving of steel cut oats can help you feel totally full until lunch, while also reducing your urge to snack on all the holiday sweets in the break room. Here are three of my favorite complex carb and clean protein pairings for the most important meal of the day:

  • Greek Yogurt + Berries + Ancient Grain Granola
  • Fried Egg + Baked Sweet Potato Toast
  • Egg White Oatmeal

References:

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Healthy Eating | SF Gate

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