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The Mother of All Healthy Protein Breakfast Smoothies

By Guy Lawrence

I put this video up on our 180 Facebook page earlier, and due to interest I thought I’d put it into a blog post. When I have a big morning ahead of me, I make the mother of all healthy protein breakfast smoothies! It literally takes me 5 minutes and it’s exceptional tasty nutrition, high protein and fat, low carb and I don’t have ever touch the processed crap and sugary cereals or toast that we’ve been led to believe.

I drink half of it before I leave and the other half I take with me and drink when I begin to get hungry.

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Food Diaries from a Sports Model

Angeline Norton Sports Model

By Stuart Cooke

Stu: We’ve been friends with Angeline (pictured above) for a couple of years now and are always intrigued to hear how she tackles her diet. You see, Angeline is a sports/fitness model who doesn’t prescribe to the misconceived notions of sipping water and nibbling low-fat crackers in order to stay lean. She has a real passion for nutrition and plans her meals with the upmost precision.

We asked here what her typical daily diet looks like and she was kind enough to run us through her mealtime options with not a cracker in sight:)

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Try a green smoothie for a high protein breakfast

green smoothie

By 180 Nutrition

Popeye was onto something… Per 100g, the humble spinach leaf packs more vitamins than fruit, more calcium than dairy and more iron than meat.

This super quick green smoothie includes spinach which is a true superfood in our eyes. Packed with vitamins, minerals, calcium and iron it’ll beat a bowl of sugary cereal hands down every time. This makes it the perfect high protein green smoothie for breakfast.

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Makes 1 high protein breakfast smoothie

Ingredients:

Preparation:
In a blender, combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth.

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Missing breakfast reduces brain activity related to food intake

Brain imaging shows eating a protein rich breakfast reduces brain activity related to food intake.

Researcher Heather Leidy, assistant professor in the MU Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and colleagues looked at MRI’s to find out eating a healthy breakfast reduces brain signals related to food motivation and reward – especially when protein is consumed in the morning.

Leidy explains adolescents frequently skip breakfast and that doing so is linked to snacking on unhealthy foods, increased eating at night and obesity. The researchers targeted overweight teens who are most likely to ignore breakfast. In the study that included ten participants, three groups of teens were evaluated – those who continued to forego breakfast, a group given a breakfast of cereal and milk, and a third given a higher protein breakfast of Belgium waffles, syrup and yogurt.

More protein in the morning reduces snacking

Functional MRI (fMRI) was used to look at brain activity related to food motivation and reward. The researchers also measured appetite perceived by the teens, hormonal markers and psychological motivation related to desire to eat.

Questionnaires were completed at the end of each of the three weeks of the study to measure appetite and food satiety. Just before lunch, fMRI’s were conducted to measure activity in the brain. The adolescents who ate breakfast reported greater satisfaction and less hunger throughout the morning, compared to those who skipped breakfast.

Eating breakfast in the morning reduced brain activity in the regions associated with motivation and reward, which is also where dopamine is released – a hormone that plays a role in emotional well-being and pleasure.

The higher protein breakfast was associated with greater feelings of satiety and changes in reward eating behavior than the normal protein milk and cereal meal.

Read the full article here.

Start your day with 180 Superfood

Gluten free High Protein Breakfast

180 Superfood is a perfect high protein low carb breakfast that only takes minutes to prepare. No empty calories here. 180 is jam packed full of everything your body needs making it a extremely healthy gluten free breakfast to kick start your day.

Gluten free, high in fibre and totally natural. What more could you ask for to start your day?

We recommend taking it with milk to make a high protein breakfast, or simply shake/stir and drink! Mix with natural yoghurt etc. Or you can make high protein shakes, smoothies, sprinkle it on salads, make muffins, as it’s a raw product it’s very diverse!

Make delicious natural high protein breakfast

Our favourite method is to mix 180 in a blender. It’s here you can be creative and make your favourite smoothie. For instance, lets say you’re on a weight loss plan and you are eating a fairly high protein, low carbohydrate diet. You could simply add a little low GI fruit like a tablespoon of frozen berries or some strawberries, and substitute a meal with a delicious, all natural high protein shake.

Or if you are looking to gain lean muscle, and improve your recovery before your next workout, you could look at increasing your calorie, protein and carbohydrate intake. You could do this by adding an extra tablespoon of 180, a banana, a raw egg, or something similar along these lines, depending on personal preferences and taste, to make convenient high protein shakes. The choice is yours. By adding 180 to your daily diet you’ll be taking steps to improve your health and well being over time, we know you’ll feel the difference.

Stir & Shake

The quickest method to take 180 is to simply add 2-4 tablespoons in your desired drink, if you are looking for a quick fix or a high protein breakfast on the go. We recommend using un-homogenised milk. If you are using any other milk substitutes like soy or something similar, always check the ingredients, because they usually contain a lot of sugar or sweeteners, like maltidextrose for example. This is something that you should really be aware of if you are conscious of your health.

Or if you’re on the go and want to make high protein shakes, the other simple method is to add it into a sports container, and simply shake and drink. We recommend mixing it at the time of consumption, as it is not like most protein powders. 180 will thicken over time because of it’s raw natural ingredients. This method is ideal if you’re short on time but value the foods you consume. We know you’ll feel the difference.

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