Meat and nut breakfast may increase energy

Meat and nut breakfast may increase energy

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by Collette Wieland, KGW Staff

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Posted on August 1, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 1 at 1:52 PM

PORTLAND -- Move over cold cereal and hot oatmeal, there’s a new morning routine that’s got some people turning to dinner foods for breakfast.

Personal trainer, Danielle Norwood says she’s seen a drastic increase in her energy level since switching to the meat and nut breakfast.

“We're talking about ground turkey -- we're talking about chicken breasts," she says.

The meat and nut breakfast is a combination of lean proteins and smart, healthy fats, in the form of nuts.

Danielle explains the science behind this interesting food pairing, “the nuts are going go to keep a slow, constant rise in your blood sugar...so that you're fuller longer...you're controlling your appetite and your cravings...while the meat portion of your breakfast allows you to set up your neurotransmitters for the day."

She says that will give you those feelings of motivation, focus, memory and drive – first thing in the morning. It may be a hard to think of meat first thing in the morning, so Danielle suggests starting with eggs, “That's a lot of the times how I can ease someone into eating meat for breakfast."

Danielle sticks to lean meats like chicken, ground turkey, even buffalo patties. She’ll often use leftover meats from the night before.

“If I made tacos for dinner, I will use some of that ground meat -- whatever it is -- turkey, beef...and throw that into my eggs in the morning...a little bit of hot sauce and boom," she said. 

She rounds that out with a quarter cup of nuts.

“We’re talking about walnuts, we're talking about almonds, cashews, Brazilian nuts," she said.

It took her awhile to change up her eating habits, but Danielle says the extra energy she has gained for exercise, has been well worth it.

A Portland dietician told NewsChannel 8 that the “meat and nut” breakfast can be a healthy way of eating, as long as you have well-balanced meals the rest of the day.

A well-balanced meal should include some carbohydrates throughout the day, because carbs help fuel your brain.

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