Man, oh, man. Sometimes coming home to get back in a regular routine challenges the pants off me. Other times, it feels incredibly good. This week would be the latter, fortunately. Being home with my family is certainly the main reason, but I also think I missed my workouts!
I did manage some short sessions while traveling, but nothing quite compares to the normal routine. Am I right? I challenged myself with a quick 20 minutes on the stepmill followed up with some hot yoga action yesterday. Both those workouts slay me.
At the end I needed a pick me up and fast. As I’ve been doing fairly often the past couple of weeks, I pulled out a package of BelVita snacks.
You may have already heard other bloggers raving about these “breakfast biscuits,” and with good reason, but allow me to fill you in just in case.
BelVita comes in 5 different flavors, all of which provide a very palatable and satisfying experience.
- Golden Oat
- Cinnamon Brown Sugar (my favorite of the bunch!)
- Apple Cinnamon
- Blueberry (my second favorite!)
These breakfast biscuits include a special selection of ingredients and a carefully controlled baking process that helps preserve the whole grains for more sustained, long-lasting energy and satiety. In other words, science stuff to help these babies keep you satisfied for longer.
Each package is portioned specifically so it can act as part of a balanced breakfast. Some highlights of each serving of belVita:
- contains 18-20 grams of whole grain carbohydrates (which your body needs for energy and especially in the morning)
- 3 grams of dietary fiber (good for that fullness factor)
- 3-4 grams of protein
- a good source of B vitamins and iron
- NO high-fructose corn syrup
- NO partially hydrogenated oils
- NO artificial flavors
- NO artificial sweeteners
And all of that is in a serving of FOUR little cookie/cracker/biscuit/whatever-you-call-them-they’re-delicious snacks. SWEET!
Here’s a closer look at the nutrition label.
Based on the nutritional stats and ingredients, I would call these a “healthier cookie” and would not generally recommend them as an everyday breakfast straight out of the box alone (based mainly on the sugar content and for my regular meals I prefer more whole foods). However, with that being said, I have certainly found many ways to make them a balanced part of my breakfasts, snacks, and even dessert.
When needing a quick breakfast, they work wonderfully by pairing them with some fruit for additional fiber and a protein source, like Greek yogurt. This makes a more balanced meal, in my opinion, and a good breakfast option in that way.
As a pre-workout snack spread with a little bit of peanut butter.
Then, post-workout paired with a protein green smoothie.
As cookies when a sweet tooth hits and I don’t want to go on a pantry raid.
Or, as part of a lightened up dessert recipe. Like this…
I promise you it’s good…and a decently healthy dessert with fruit and bit of protein!
Lightened Up Protein Chocolate Cookie Crumble Ice Cream
Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 1 banana, previously frozen in chunks
- 1/2 scoop favorite protein powder (any flavor – I used Vega Chocolate)
- 1/2 package BelVita Chocolate breakfast biscuits (2 cookies)
Place chunks of frozen banana in a food processor. Blend until almost smooth. Add protein powder and continue blending until smooth consistency. Add BelVita cookies and blend until crumbled evenly throughout the banana and protein powder mix. It should reach a consistency of soft serve ice cream. Grab a spoon and eat up this wonderful guilt-free treat for under 300 calories!
If you had any qualms about buying these, just go do it now solely for the purpose of blending this little mix up. To find belVita breakfast biscuits in your area, you can search the store locator for a provider near you! Then let me know how you like them.
FitFluential LLC compensated me for this Campaign. All opinions are my own.