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BBP Food Commandments # 2 and #3!

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This week we’re breaking down commandments #2 and #3 of The BBP 10 Commandments of Food.

Commandment #2:

Adopt this slogan: Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a peasant. A bigger breakfast will supply you with the energy you need to tackle the day. Unless you’re about to run a marathon at 7pm you could probably learn to live without a heaping serving of pasta.

Let’s pretend your body is a car.  A car needs to be washed, the tires need to rotated, the oil needs to be changed.  It needs gasoline to provide enough power for it to move from place to place.  Skimping on any of these factors will reduce the quality of your car and you’ll probably have to pay more money in the long run for not taking care of it properly.

So just like that car, you body needs equal maintenance and care. We all know the basic principles for staying healthy: eat your vegetables, get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, exercise.  But there are so many layers to each of those principles.  It’s not as black and white as we think.

We here at BBP Headquarters LIVE for eating breakfast and we’d never dream of skimping on it.  Not only is it our favorite meal of the day, but it’s also the most important to us.  Consuming a higher calorie breakfast with a generous amount of protein and carbohydrates provides us with the fuel we need to tackle the day ahead of us.

Here are our top 3 easy breakfast options:

  1. BBP Avocado Toast: 2 pieces of Ezekiel bread toasted with ½ an avocado, chili pepper flakes and 2 poached eggs
  2. BBP PB&J Oatmeal:  ½ cup plain oatmeal, 1 scoop vanilla whey protein, 1 scoop natural nut butter, ¼ cup blueberries
  3. Kitchen Sink Scramble:  Take any veggies you have lying around in your fridge, saute them in a pan, pour 4 egg whites over the veggies and top with a couple slices of avocado!  Add a side of Ezekiel bread or take the whole scramble and put it on a low carb wrap.

Skipping breakfast is equivalent to trying to drive a car with no gas.  Use your breakfast to energize your body and fuel your morning workout.  With a larger healthy breakfast, you’ll feel more satisfied and be less likely to over-consume later in the day.

Now let’s move onto Commandment #3:

Use your carbs for fuel, not fun. Carbs are your best friend for energy during your workout. Carbs are not your best friend when you eat dinner and immediately go to sleep. On the other hand, carbs can be your best friend on that occasional night you’re sad and need to throw yourself a sad pizza party. We’ve been there.

Carbs have got a bad rap over the last decade and with all the refined and processed foods taking over the supermarket aisles it’s no wonder why.  Simple carbs like cookies, cupcakes, pizza, pasta and white bread are the enemy of our waistlines.  But there are plenty of amazing carbohydrate options that will actually HELP you fit into your jeans and fuel you for your day!

Complex carbohydrates (like brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, yams, broccoli ) are low on the glycemic index. When you consume complex carbs you’ll get lower amounts of sugar released at a more consistent rate which will keep you feeling energized and satisfied for a longer period of time.

Start incorporating complex carbs into your breakfast, lunch and early afternoon snack.  By the time you get to dinner, you’ll be less inclined to order a carb-heavy dinner and more likely to order something on the lighter side.

Here are our top 3 easy low carb dinner options:

  1. Mexican lettuce wraps: Cook up some lean ground turkey and saute a yellow pepper and ½ and onion.  Spoon into a lettuce cup and top with avocado.  Boom delicious.
  2. Spaghetti squash and turkey meatballs:  Cut a spaghetti squash in half, scrape out the seeds and cook at 425 degrees in the oven for 45 minutes.  Scrape out the center into a bowl and add marinara sauce and lean ground turkey meat.  We swear this tastes so delicious you won’t even miss the pasta.
  3. Stuffed peppers: Cut the tops off and hollow out 4 red peppers. Sautee lean ground chicken, turkey or beef in a pan with a little EVOO and onion.  Spoon mixture into peppers and cook in the oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. Bon appetite!

So, there you have it.  Start incorporating complex carbs like oatmeal, quinoa, Ezekiel bread and sweet potatoes to your breakfast and lunch and you’ll be satisfied with a lighter, lower carb option by dinner time.

Have any tips or tricks you want to share?  Tell us in the comments below!

  • Leslie Richman

    Love those breakfast ideas!

    • Brave Body Project

      Thanks Leslie! They’re our go-to when we’re running out the door (which is often!) Glad you like!

      xx,
      LC

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