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Even on mornings when I’m not running out the door, I’m still holding a green smoothie in one hand and a coffee in the other. Don’t get me wrong, I am not an authority on breakfast or nutrition. However, I do know that we teachers have a very physical and very emotionally demanding job. We’re on stage for 7+ hours each and every day. It’s like we perform and interact with our audience. Ever wear a pedometer (step tracker) during the day? You’ll be amazed by how much you are walking and moving in your classroom. So, I’m bringing up breakfast because this is your first NUTRITIOUS fuel of the day. You need quality food to sustain you until lunch.
When I first started teaching, I ate tons of bagels and light cream cheese (and coffee). About an hour or so later, I was hungry. Ravenous. I ate breakfast so what happened? I brought healthy snacks (dried fruit, granola bars, rice cakes), but even peanut butter on a bagel was not enough as I whizzed around my classroom helping students, greeting them at the door and working on any other number of tasks. So, I did a little research.
I purchased the eBook, “Eat Right For Your Blood Type” by Dr. Peter D’Adamo (website) which gives insight into how your body works based on the blood that flows through your veins. Based on his findings (and what I observed over the years), my body requires more protein than other people. Without time to scramble up some eggs, I had to find a better, quicker option that wasn’t a half a jar of peanuts (excellent protein, but high fat). I needed my #teacherfuel.
Enter the green protein smoothie. You can blend one of these up in less than five (5) minutes with a few ingredients (proteins, greens, fruits, vegetables, seeds, etc.) and have a complete meal consumed on the way to work and finished when you arrive. (*I HIGHLY recommend trying this when you a have a few days off to let your body adjust.)
Garden of Life makes a great protein with pro-biotics which aids digestion even more (love this stuff). Protein also helps you feel fuller longer since it digests slower. I also add a few tablespoons of Collegan Hydrolysate which is a great boost for hair, skin, nails, bones…did you know collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body?!?! So you can have the prowess of an athlete and the body of a supermodel in one drink. That works for me!
Rethink your breakfast and wake up a few minutes early. It will put more pep in your step and sizzle in your lessons.