Creator of Tall Hungry Girl

Meet Tahira Hayes, Founder of Tall Hungry Girl.

I’m a communications specialist by day and freelance writer, columnist and content strategist by night.

Tall Hungry Girl (or Boy—I haven’t forgotten about the men) is not just a playful slogan, but also a way of living. It means to stay hungry for life and actively and tenaciously pursue new experiences through travel, food, and healthy living.

I’m constantly looking for ways to learn, grow and share that knowledge with others in the process. This site is my platform for doing just that.

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Breakfast Recipe to Get Your Day Started off Right!

Breakfast Recipe to Get Your Day Started off Right!

Have you ever spilled coffee on your new top as you’re running out the door? It ruined your morning, huh? Well, apply that same principle to starting your day with a donut or no breakfast at all — it can also ruin your day and leave you feeling sluggish and hungry. Why? Because all those sweets give you a rush of sugar, causing a rapid blood sugar dip later in the day, leaving you hungry and wanting more refined crap.

So, give your body the fuel it needs and put down the sugar, the donuts, the bagels and give your body protein, vegetables and fruit! I promise you won’t regret it.

Oh, and for those of you breakfast-skippers, Web MD (the all knowing internet resource) says in “many studies, in both adults and children, have shown that breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers.” This is probably because eating a healthy breakfast controls appetite and makes it so you don’t snack all day or over stuff your face at lunch and dinner. Just a guess. Moral of the story, eat breakfast.

My breakfast routine has evolved over the years. I haven’t always been so diligent about this ever so important meal. I used to, dangerously, eat oatmeal on the way to work for roughly five years. The same damn thing. Every. Damn. Day. I wish I were exaggerating. Boring, huh? What can I say? I like routine. However, at about 10:00am I was like a bear waking up from hibernation. Starving.

I realized what I was missing was protein, there was nothing to sustain me, so my stomach was growling, my blood sugar was all over the place and I was HANGRY (hungry + angry). And no one wants a hangry Tahira. Trust me, my friends/family can attest to this.

So, I changed my breakfast routine, no more empty bowls of oatmeal stacked in my backseat. Shameful, I know. (Also, a true story for which my friends can attest.) I started eating breakfasts with protein, healthy fats, fruit and veggies.

As with everything in life, success takes preparation. I now prepare my breakfast the night before so I can grab and go and heat it up at work.

I found an amazing recipe for green pork and shiitake sliders (click on the link for the recipe). YUMMY! You can eat these little green machines packed with spinach, pork, mushrooms and yumminess for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

I made these last night and ate them for breakfast this morning. I also threw in brussell sprouts. They are rich in protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Basically, they’re the perfect food. I like to chop them up into quarters, sprinkle them with salt, pepper and a little olive oil and throw them in the oven for 10–15 minutes on 400 degrees. You come out with delicious goodness that is sure to be filling.

Here is the final result:

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