By: Jacqueline Gomes, MBA, RDN
If you’ve been hibernating this winter and are noticing the extra pounds adding up, you’re not alone, it is time to spring into shape! Getting extra physical activity can help, but studies demonstrate that proper diet is key! Combining the two is the best way to take you from overweight to healthy weight…
Here are my top 5 tips to creating a balance diet and boosting energy!
- Drink More Water! Studies show proper hydration keeps your metabolism running at its peak.
- Boost Energy with Breakfast! Start your day with sensible selections like fresh fruit, nonfat milk, protein foods such as Greek yogurt, peanut butter or eggs. An easy, on-the-go breakfast is as simple as overnight oats.
- Keep Lunch Light! Avoid the temptation to order out. Plan a lunch that includes vegetables and a lean protein source like tuna or boneless skinless chicken breast. Greenway Veggie Burgers are a convenient and easy way to create a healthy meal.
- Plan Snacks! Eating mini between-meal snacks can help control portions at mealtime by curbing hunger.
- Commit to Exercise! Develop a routine you enjoy and stick with it! Exercise can be broken up into short burst of activity throughout the day; 15 minutes during lunch and 15 minutes after dinner –30 minutes a day; now that’s no sweat!
Studies show time and time again that a protein rich breakfast helps improve energy, focus while reducing cravings later in the day.
Today let’s dive into a delicious and filling PB&J overnight oats recipe you will want to enjoy several days a week. These oats pack a protein punch with 20g of protein per serving and 15g of fiber.
PB&J Overnight Oats
Prep Time: 5min
Total Time: 8hr 5min
- 1 cup Planet Oat Unsweetened Oat Milk
- 2/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 container Fage plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
- 2 tablespoons unsalted peanuts, crushed
- Combine oat milk, oats, yogurt, peanut butter and chia seeds in a large bowl.
- Divide mixture between two bowls or glass jars. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.
- When ready to enjoy, top each bowl with half the raspberries and crushed peanuts and enjoy!
- TIP: If oats are too stiff, stir in additional oat milk.
Nutrition information: 329 calories; 34g carbohydrate; 15g fat; 20g protein; 7.5g fiber
Recipe: Jacqueline Gomes, RDN