Mom, magazines, and the whole world can get behind the many benefits of a healthy breakfast, as it delivers the essential nutrients and energy you need to start a new day at your best. Your brain and body will thank you.
But sometimes, a great morning meal is easier said than done. With jam-packed mornings and a million things on your to-do list, that fresh-squeezed juice and those whole-wheat pancakes are but a pipe dream. Please don’t give up on a happy, healthy, and totally delicious breakfast—or resort to the drive-through. We’ve got you covered with these no-fail solutions. Start your day right. Good morning, sunshine…and bon appetit.
Problem: You’re Hungry by 10 AM
Fix: Plenty of Protein
Your granola bar or bowl of cereal is coming up short. Sorry. A great breakfast is packed with quality, wholesome protein, like turkey sausage, eggs, Greek yogurt, or nut butter. A protein-centric breakfast will satiate hunger, and give you the fuel your body craves to go strong all day long. And you can bid that mid-morning slump goodbye.
Problem: An Empty Fridge
Fix: The Freezer
Is your refrigerator a small tragedy? Stock your freezer with super-flavorful, protein rich, and calorie-conscious Jimmy Dean Delights. Anytime you crave some just-a-bit spicy, highly tasty Applewood Smoked Chicken Sausage, they’ll be waiting for you. They’re fully cooked, ready in minutes, and low in calories. Keep your favorite whole grain bread or English muffins in the freezer, too, and breakfast is served. Hint: Maple and Brown Sugar Chicken Sausage Patties are awesome as-is: or top with an egg and wrap in a tortilla. A slice of avocado or a handful of spinach is totally optional.
Fix: Three-Minute Meals
Everyone has three minutes. Here are a few meals that take so little time it’s silly. Stuff a whole-wheat pita pocket with an egg and your favorite chicken sausage. Spread a slice of grainy bread with almond butter, add half a sliced banana, and drizzle with honey. Dig into a Jimmy Dean Delights Honey Wheat English Muffin & Canadian Bacon. Or top Greek yogurt with berries and granola. If time is still short, grab and enjoy on your way to work, or savor at your desk.
Fix: Riff on your Faves
Eating the same thing day in and day out can get old, fast, even if it’s something delicious. Simple switches can keep your taste buds happy. If you’re a turkey girl, try some lean and tasty smoked ham. Always eat your egg whites plain? Add some spinach, feta, or diced tomatoes and a side of Jimmy Dean Delights Sausage. Addicted to almond butter? Try cashew butter, or sunflower butter. Breakfast shouldn’t be a snooze—it should be worth getting out of your comfy bed for!
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For those who crave something other than gyms and pavement, look no further than the growing breed of off-road competitions. You’ve probably seen a few friends post Facebook shots from a mud run, off-road triathlon, obstacle course, or other adventure race recently—more than 2 million Americans now compete in them each year, according to the Outdoor Industry Association. “These runs are more about the process of making it through the course than finishing a set amount of miles,” says Rich Harshbarger, CEO of the national nonprofit organization Running USA. Many also feature physical tests, from scaling monkey bars to mountain biking, for a true total-body challenge.
Want to get even further off the beaten path? Expedition races have no set trail. In teams or solo, competitors complete two or more disciplines—such as crosscountry running, mountain biking, or rock climbing—while using maps to find their way to set checkpoints. While some expedition events can take 10 days or longer (no, not a typo), others can be done in just a few hours.
Here are four outdoor competitions worth checking out:
1. Down & Dirty Obstacle Race
Presented by Subaru, this three- and six-mile off-road race has lots of mud and more than 20 military-style obstacles throughout.
2. The North Face Endurance Challenge
Tackle rugged terrain no matter how far you’re prepared to go—from a 5- or 10-K all the way up to 50 miles of wilderness.
3. Men’s Health Urbanathlon
These coed contests, from three to 12 miles in length, feature city hurdles you won’t find in any other outdoor event (like buses and stadium stairs).
4. Revolution3 Adventure Race
Push the limits of your endurance with these races, the lengths of which are determined by the land’s geography and your navigational (and sports) skills. Choose from a combo of biking, canoeing, or stand-up paddleboarding, and trekking or running.
For four other exciting ways to challenge yourself through fitness competitions, check out the March 2015 issue of Women’s Health, on newsstands now.
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