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Eat Clean Breakfast Kick Off

Looking for more ways to make Clean Eating easy and part of your daily life? Checkout the Clean and Lean Project. Over 200 people have done it already and the reviews are in: IT WORKS!

Today kicks off the February Clean Eating Breakfast Challenge!See the full challenge details and why we are focused just on breakfast.

Your morning is just too busy to focus on breakfast? No, it’s not that’s just your way of saying it isn’t a priority. You don’t have to eat a huge meal, but breakfast is consistently one of the key factors in maintaining weight loss, curbing cravings and providing energy for the day.

Just Start
Don’t feel like eating breakfast?  If eating first thing isn’t your cup of tea, then start your day with a protein shake. One of the keys to the breakfast challenge is getting protein in your morning meal. An 8oz glass of water with protein powder will at minimum start your day with some hydration and nutrition.

Stay away from protein powders filled with chemicals!!! You can use whey or pea or rice or whatever works for you, but look at the label and make an informed decision. Obviously I use Vega as noted in multiple posts about my need to go dairy free.

Following are some recipes to get you excited and make sure you read Clean eating defined >>

15 Clean Eating Breakfasts(1.)Green smoothie breakfast: For those of you looking to get back on the green smoothie bandwagon here is your chance! I’ve got a whole green smoothie guide you can checkout with recipes and add-ons or
(2.) checkout this Tropical Quinoa Smoothie.
(3.)Egg breakfast: Checkout the 3 minute veggie and egg dish I shared with Shape.com
(4.)RTTF Hearty Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats -- Bob’s Red Mill makes Gluten Free
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 scoop protein powder or hemp seeds or chia seeds

Directions
1. Put oats, water and carrots in to microwave safe bowl
2. Heat for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes - watch it so it doesn’t boil over
3. Stir in remaining ingredients -- you want it to be a little watery coming out of the microwave so the protein powder can be absorbed. If it’s not watery add a little more.

(5.)Overnight Greek Yogurt Oats
Greek Yogurt Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt 
  • 1/2 cup fruit (I love honeydew)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds  
  • 1 dropper vanilla stevia or honey
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots

Directions
Combine all ingredients, cover and refrigerate overnight!

(6.) Orange Infused Overnight Steel Cut Oats
(7.) Roasted pumpkin and collard crustless quiche -- good hearty make ahead vegan option
(8.) Avocado egg salad  - Another great make ahead meal with fats to keep you full
(9.) Paleo oatmeal -- I like having some grains, but this is a good option if you are following this plan
(10.) Warm cinnamon raisin quinoa breakfast - Great gluten free option! Sub in blueberries for more anti-oxidants
(11.) Southwest breakfast muffins - portion controlled and a meaty option if you are getting the whole family involved
(12.) ToneItUp protein pancake
(13.)  Healthy Crockpot Breakfast Casserole
Spicy Crockpot Breakfast CasseroleIngredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unflavored almond or soy milk
  • 2-3 potatoes sliced thin with mandolin or diced
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/2 diced red pepper
  • 1/2 diced green pepper
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • 2-3 tbsp fire roasted green chile
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Salsa and avocado for topping

Directions
1. Layer potatoes, meat and peppers in crockpot
2. Beat eggs, milk and spices together
3. Pour mixture in to crockpot
4. Cook on low 5 hours
5. Serve with avocado and salsa!

(14.) Homemade Trail Mix Bars + apple
(15.) Quick wrap: Gluten free wrap + 1 tbsp nut butter + 1/2 sliced pear + 1/4 cup shredded carrots

PARTICIPANTS
I won’t lie after the overwhelming number who signed up for the Eat Clean Challenge and Green Smoothie Challenge last year, I had to laugh at the small numbers. The bad news is a lot of folks are missing out on creating yet another small habit that will lead to great changes.  The good news is these folks are ready to kill it:

Name Website Twitter Instagram
Vickie A   @VickieAlford1 MISSV68
Stacey http://runningaresort.blogspot.com @vtimber1  
Chrissy      
Gladys      
Stacey OBrien   @staceylynn1114 slobrien78
Susie Procini AgePerfection.com    
Beth Underwood   @bethunderwood75 ACMom75
Lindsey Frank http://www.greetingsfromtheamericangirl.com @PetiteLinds @PetiteLinds
Lilmac2442   @runningisalife Lilmac2442
Dixie      
KellyJ   kellyjtennis kjezek
Andrea      
Autumn      
Rebecca S. http://www.runnerwithanappetite.com @rebschaefer @rebschaefer
Bev      
Ashley   @soccerey9  
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats http://peaceloveandoats.com @PeaceLoveOats @PeaceLoveOats
Jen http://www.runnershoe.blogspot.com @marathonmom10 marathonmom28
Betsy Fisher   @BeeBeeFishr beebles
Kara http://www.domesticendeavors.com   ksd0621
Melissa http://melissadishes.com    
Jessi http://www.Jumpingje.wordpress.com @JumpingJE JumpingJE
Christy J http://www.homehearthealth.blogspot.com    
melorie p.   @fournaturals  
Lindsay      
Jillian Viup   Jillv_x3 Jillianv143
Summer Harty   @summerliteharty  
Lisa Ellison      
Ashlee      
Denise S. http://fitfocusedblessed.com @cdsg3  
Mandy seemandyrunfast.blogspot.com @mndy_made mndymade
MomRunsHalf http://momrunshalf.blogspot.com/ @MomRunsHalf http://instagram.com/momrunshalf/
Tiffanie      
Kait http://www.kaitmakesarun4it.blogspot.com @runKaitrun @RunKaitrun
Jill      
Erin http://www.happierhealthiermorefitme.com @healthyfitme10  
Mary      
Samm   @RunningSamm RunningSamm
Jamie M     J_memartin
Briget Stronge      
Jola http://kleinefotogeschichten.blogspot.com    
Beth P   @bethp262  
Beth M      
Erica http://fortheloveofboston.blogspot.com    
Bev H      
Brenda G http://swirlytwirlygirl.com @swirlytwirlyb  

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Gratitude Journal
Feb 1
I am grateful for continued amazing group support in each of these challenges to help us all achieve our goals.

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