3. Apple and Almond Butter Sandwich
The fiber in the apples provides instant staying power while the almond butter is a great source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Research shows that people who consume more of these monounsaturated fats do less mindless snacking and have less belly fat. Plus, the antioxidants in apples may help prevent metabolic syndrome, a condition marked by excess belly fat or an "apple shape."
To Make: Core a large apple using an apple corer. Cut apple into rounds. Choose 4 of the largest rounds and put rest of the apple away for later use. Spread two of the apple rounds with 1 tablespoon each of almond butter. Sprinkle 2 tbsp. whole-grain granola on each of the rounds with the almond butter and then finish by topping with 1 tbsp raisins each and sandwiching by placing the other two rounds on top of each one.
4. Mango-Tango Spinach Smoothie Do the prep the night before, freeze the ingredients and give them a whir in the blender before your morning commute for a delicious drinkable breakfast! One cup of mango provides 100% of your daily value for vitamin C, and vitamin C is a very important antioxidant for a fresh face in the mornings, as it is responsible for skin collagen formation and regeneration. Plus, in a study involving 4,025 middle-aged women, researchers found that higher intakes of vitamin C were associated with lower prevalence of wrinkled appearance, dryness associated with aging, and skin thinning.
To Make: Combine 1 cup skim milk, 1 sliced banana, 1/2 cup chopped frozen mango, 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed, 1 cup fresh spinach, 1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt, and 2 teaspoons honey. Blend until smooth. *Tip: Make it without wasting your precious morning minutes by washing the spinach and slicing the banana the night before. Then put all ingredients (except for the juice, yogurt and honey) in a zip-top bag and stash in the freezer. In the morning, all you’ll have to do is throw the ingredients in the blender, and you're good to go. Want more smoothie ideas? We've got 10 great ones for you right here.
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