Black Beans for Breakfast

Ready for a spring health challenge update? I am having a pretty awesome week, and I have to chalk at least part of that up to the fact that I started making a bunch of little changes as soon as we returned from California last week.

California Mexican Food

More on those changes in a bit. One big change that I have been trying to make for quite some time is eating breakfast. I don’t love eating in the morning, but almost daily I find myself at 11:00 and literally shaking from not eating because I just wasn’t hungry earlier. No bueno.

As the above photo might indicate, we ate quite a bit of Mexican food in California, some healthy, some topped with cheese and sour cream, and some in-between. California Mexican food is SO GOOD, and we actually found ourselves eating it in lieu of big meals and expensive dinners. It was just what we wanted.

One morning, I woke up craving black beans, so we made our way to a little Mexican restaurant near our hotel. I was so hungry that I didn’t even take photos. The hubs had a traditional breakfast burrito, and I ordered a plate of black beans with a side of guacamole. With several types of salsa from the salsa bar, I discovered the perfect breakfast. I love the texture and the spice and the satisfying protein, fiber, and fat in this breakfast, and I have eaten it twice since we returned.

The other days I have been eating coconut mango oats . It’s amazing how much better I feel when I eat in the morning and how much more energy I have. Who would have imagined?! Winking smile 

In other health news, I have been drinking more water, thanks to a new co2 container for our Sodastream and have resumed my twice-daily green tea habit.

I have successfully added more protein to my diet through a few different channels, including Trader Joe’s vanilla whey protein powder. I am having a scoop of this in a glass of milk for part of my afternoon snack, and I am finding it fills me up.

Most of all, I have completely changed up my workouts. As I mentioned earlier in the week, I did Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown on Sunday. In addition to that I have done a two mile speed workout and two 25 minute weights sessions, doing a lot of planks and squats and getting all sorts of sore!

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I start to notice a difference almost immediately when I start strength training, as opposed to focusing more on cardio. The clothes that were not quite fitting fit again, and I feel so much more energetic and strong. That said, I am pondering the idea of entering a few 5k’s just to see if this girl can run fast.

Thanks for all of the awesome comments and support in my last health update. You all had some great small steps you wanted to take to get healthier for spring.

Have you been successful at many any healthy changes this week? Are you a breakfast person, or, like me, do you have something against eating in the morning?

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  1. Daisy’s avatar

    first of all, that Mexican meal looks amazing. second, I thought I was the only person with a (weekday) breakfast aversion. I’m the same way as you, often times I’m simply not hungry. I let my body dictate when I eat, not the “breakfast is the most important meal of the day and will stimulate your brain” mantra. I work just fine in the mornings and I often just coffee holds me over until lunch. Basically, I eat breakfast if I’m ravenous but skip it if I’m not hungry.


  2. Elizabeth’s avatar

    Love breakfast. I can’t go without it. I used to eat lentils all the time for breakfast, but I lost interest in that at some point. CA Mexican food IS amazing. After Foodbuzz my cousin took me to his favorite taco place in the Mission. I want to go back so badly.


  3. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    I have to force myself to eat breakfast too. It’s the most important meal of the day though (so they say).

    I notice results from strength training and hardly any from cardio. We must be strength training phenoms!


  4. Renee’s avatar

    I started healthing it up about a month ago, and that includes eating bfast too. I eat 1 Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat waffle with 1/2 tbsp peanut butter and a banana each morning. If I dont have a plan, I end up not eating bfast at all!


  5. Heather’s avatar

    I’ve never had beans for breakfast – but I love avocado and brown rice with egg. A great combo.

    I stopped drinking caffeine and started drinking fresh fruit or veggie juice (from my juicer) and I feel like I have more energy. It is amazing what good food can do!


  6. Michelle’s avatar

    I never force myself to eat when I’m not hungry but I do find that eating something – whether a piece of fruit, a bowl of oatmeal or sometimes a slice of leftover pizza – before 10 AM usually helps me have the energy to get through my morning.

    I’m glad all of these changes are having such a positive effect!


  7. Justin’s avatar

    I always eat a big bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, usually spiked with some raisins and peanut butter. I find that it’s pretty much the only thing that will hold me over until my pre-lunch snack.

    I’ve been so focused on running lately that I haven’t been doing and strength training. But, I did just start a small routine that I’m trying to work in once a week.


  8. Julie’s avatar

    Doing well with health changes. Refuse to leave the house without breakfast! Keep up the good work everyone!


  9. Megan’s avatar

    I really try to eat breakfast, otherwise my stomach starts grumbling around 10. Sometimes I just bring crackers to work with me, but when I have time to plan, I like to do fruit, yogurt, and homemade granola.


  10. alicia’s avatar

    I always have to eat breakfast – I can’t miss a meal!

    I need to get back on the workout bandwagon. I’m not as busy as I was in Boston so its so much easier to procrastinate on my workout…..

    I need to remember why I loved a morning workout in Boston – because then the rest of the day is all mine! That’s a big deal in the summer when I’d rather spend time out in the sunshine after work!


  11. Raija’s avatar

    I’m running a 5K in Worcester the day after your birthday dinner if you want to come! ;) …may be a stretch after that night out, but you are welcome! Also, I love the list of things you changed up…I think I need to start adding strength training but am having a hard time knowing where to start.


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