Morning Step #3: Proteinย 

The final step in my breakfast routine is protein. 

After a detoxing elixir and nutritious smoothie, the digestive system is awake and cleansed, a great time to consume protein for the body to digest and eventually provide energy into the day. 

**Make sure to wait at least 20 minutes after your smoothie (or fruit) before you eat protein. A lot of gases can be produced in the stomach while digesting fruits (especially whole vs. blended) – you will notice a lot more burping when you start off with fruit – So you don’t want to consume more foods immediately or else you’ll run into some serious indigestion!! **

Here are a couple of options I look forward to putting in my belly…

1) Hard-boiled Eggs with Cheese and a little Tobasco, and half an Avocado

Benefits:

Eggs – protein, vitamin B12 and Dan

Avocado – fibre, foliate, vitamin E, iron, zinc and all 18 essential amino acids to produce proteins which is readily absorbed because of the fibre content ๐Ÿ™‚

Both are a great source of essential fatty acids such as omega 3s and 6s.

2) Granola with Vanilla Yogurt, Nut Butter and a sprinkle of Hemp Hearts

Benefits:

Yogurt – calcium, vitamin B12, potassium and magnesium 

Granola – fibre, numerous vitamins and minerals 

Nut Butter – fibre and omega 3s and 6s

Hemp Hearts – fibre, omega 3s and 6s, iron and calcium

Try to stay away from meat options. They are harder on your digestive system and you’re looking for efficiency in the mornings!  Save those for a later meal.

Either of these should have you feeling full all the way until the lunch hour and prevent those snacking temptations on unhealthy/convenient foods!

If I’m in a huge hurry, a big spoonful of nut butter usually does the trick!

So there it is. The end of my morning routine/breakfast. Please feel free to share your morning breakfast choices or an alternative protein option ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for reading!

Your, 
Natural Groove Gal 

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Nut Butter Fudge!

I came across this recipe during one of my daily perusings on Pinterest. I’m not normally a chocolate lover but I couldn’t resist giving this recipe a try. And it’s so simple!

Nut Butter Fudge

1/3 cup Coconut Oil

2/3 cup Nut Butter (I used hazelnut โ€“ but any ALL NATURAL nut butter will work)

1/2 cup Maple Syrup/Honey

1/2 cup Cocoa Powder

Mix all the ingredients except the cocoa powder. Mix well. Slowly add sifted cocoa powder while continuing to mix. When completely mixed, pour into a pan lined with wax paper. Place in the freezer for at least 1 hour or overnight.

IMAG2281To add that little extra something, sprinkle a nice sea salt on before putting it in the freezer. Salt really brings out the chocolate flavour, bringing it to that whole new level!

Now the first time I made this I put it in the fridge. I noticed that every time I took the pan out of the fridge for another delectable piece, it started to melt almost immediately. This, I found out, is due to the use of liquid sugars. So, the next time I decided to place it in the freezer…and it held together a little longer in the fingers. However you’ll want to eat these so fast they won’t stay in the hand for long!

Try, enjoy and share ๐Ÿ™‚