BURN bites: the perfect (make ahead) breakfast sammie

BURN bites: the perfect (make ahead) breakfast sammie

We've all been there. It's 8am on Monday morning and you should have been out the door and on your way to work 5 minutes ago. So much for starting your day off right. You grab a granola bar, throw it in your bag and vow to get coffee before you hit the freeway. Now you're standing in line for your morning latte, you already crushed your granola bar while searching for parking and you're starving. You order something skinny and a blueberry muffin (because it's low-fat, duh) and now for a brief moment it seems that all is right with the world....right? Wrong. By noon you'll be ready to chew your arm off and let's face it, it'll be all downhill from there.

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3 key tips for getting your day off to a successful start

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wake up

1. Get a full 8 hours of sleep.

The absolute best thing you can do for your body is give it time to reboot. Getting a full 8 hours of sleep allows everything to rest and recharge so that you are able to take on the next day at your peak of performance.

2. Eat breakfast.

After full nights sleep, your body needs food to wake everything up and get moving again. A big, healthy breakfast provides the fuel your body requires to kick your metabolism into gear and begin your day with optimal energy!

3. Drink water.

There are so so SO many reasons to drink water -  not just in the AM, but all day long (see our many reasons to DRINK UP). However, drinking water early in the morning is especially beneficial! Doing so can boost your metabolism by almost 25%. It's also an excellent way to cleanse the colin, increase the production of new cells and create overall balance throughout all of your major systems.

BURN bites: blythe's blueberry muffins

Here at BURN we seem to be on a bit of a breakfast kick (lucky for us, its the most important meal of the day). What's on the menu this week? Fresh from the oven, warm and WONDERFUL blueberry muffins!

Though some may argue that muffins, while delicious, lack nutritional value, we at BURN do not believe in deprivation. As the late Julia Child once suggested "Everything in moderation...including moderation." Rather than denying ourselves the pleasure of waking up to this delightful breakfast staple, we searched far and wide for a low calorie recipe option that would satisfy both our tastebuds and our waistlines.  What we found comes courtesy of My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness by Gwyneth Paltrow and is as healthy as it is drool worthy.

What You'll Need -

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 eggs (preferably cage free and organic)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tsp sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

How To Make It Happen - 

Begin by heating your oven to 375°. Next, line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. Whisk together butter, eggs and milk in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt. Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients in three turns, then carefully fold in blueberries. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups and sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp sugar. Bake until muffins are golden brown (25 to 30 minutes) then serve warm.*

*These muffins can also be frozen individually in sandwich size freezer bags and reheated for a quick breakfast on busy mornings. Simply remove from ziplock and microwave on high for 1 minute.

Nutritional Information-

232 calories per muffin, 10 g fat (6 g saturated), 33 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein