Did you know … breakfast literally means to break a fast? It replenishes the energy and nutrients stored in your body after fasting for 8-10 hours during sleep. What’s more, studies have shown that eating breakfast improves your energy level and ability to concentrate, and can help with better weight management, reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease over time. Despite the benefits of breakfast for your health and well-being, many people
often skip it for a variety of reasons. The good news is there are ways to make it easier to fit a healthy breakfast into your day. Morning is a busy time for everyone, so take 10 minutes to prepare for breakfast the night before. Chop up fruit to layer in a yogurt parfait or add to cereal. Cut up vegetables for an omelet. Mix up muffin or whole-grain waffle batter, cover it and store it in the fridge. Get out a pan for pancakes or a blender for smoothies. Put a bowl of nut-and-fruit trail mix on the table for kids to grab a handful as they walk out the door.
Keep healthy foods on hand and you’re sure to make breakfast fit into your routine.
What to eat for breakfast
- Plain oatmeal made from rolled oats with fruit; avoid flavored instant oatmeal which often has added sugar
- Whole grain toast/English muffins and hummus, or peanut or almond butter
- Poached or boiled eggs with tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, salmon, cheese and/or avocado
- Fresh fruits and raw nuts
- Smoothies made from fresh fruit or vegetables, yogurt and low-fat milk
- Whole grain cereal with low-fat milk