We are heading into week two of the #800gChallenge! We are excited so many are participating and the race at the top of the leaderboard is tight. Have you realized how important breakfast is to achieving that 800 gram (g) total? Read on for some tips to set your day up for an #800g success.

Bank on Breakfast

Hitting the 800g daily total often hinges on how you start your day. While you can indeed get 800g down in just two meals(!), it is better to set yourself up for some success (and flexibility) later in the day versus trying to play catch up at dinner.
It is likely a safe assumption that people eat approximately four times a day (including snacks), so that each time one eats it should incorporate ~200g to easily reach the #800g total. By incorporating breakfasts that have at a minimum of 200g of fruits and/or vegetables, you will find the 800g total is less of an insurmountable goal. And when breakfasts are closer to 300g, reaching a daily total of 800g is pretty easy. Conversely, if your breakfast does not have any fruits or vegetables (such as oatmeal and protein powder), one will often fall short of the #800g target. So how can you get 200-300g breakfasts?
Easy! They don’t need to be time-consuming or follow some intricate recipe. Here are a few OptimizeMe favorites that are close to 300g:

  1. Collagen protein powder in coffee (2 scoops; one in each cup), a banana and a mug of mixed berries.  
  2. Similar to #1, collagen protein powder in coffee (1 scoop in one cup), a protein bar, and whatever is in the fridge!  Seen here are thawed frozen mangos and mashed Japanese yams.  
  3. Takeout leftovers. Chicken breast and roasted butternut squash served with half an avocado.
  4. A smoothie with greens, frozen acai, and frozen raspberries blended with protein powder.
Focus on making breakfast a success and see how easy the rest of the day is.
Keep up the strong work! Hopefully, you are finding that hitting that #800g requires consistently making better choices… without the obsession.