Alarm rings, kids won't get out of bed, you forgot to iron your clothes for work, dog is barking ¦eat breakfast? Ya right! This is a typical morning for many families in the United States. They run out the door without fueling for their day.
So what is the problem?
A nutrient-rich breakfast is key to helping people feel energized, stay focused and feel less hungry later in the day. Research shows that people who eat a complete breakfast typically manage their weight better and children think better, problem solve more efficiently and stay focused on their school work.
September is National Breakfast Month and we would like to encourage all MOMS to feed themselves while feeding their kids! So many moms make breakfast and pack lunches for their kids and husband, but forget to fuel their own body. As women age, their metabolism slows down and skipping meals makes it worse! So no, the thought that less is better is not always the case, especially not with nutrition. In order to get your metabolism up and running, you have to eat breakfast, more than a yogurt or piece of fruit! Think of it like this ¦eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a popper!
5 Quick Breakfasts for YOU and your KIDS:
- 2 slices 100% whole wheat toast each with 1 Tbs. natural peanut butter and top with slices banana
- 1 scrambled egg, 2 oz turkey sausage, 1 whole 100% wheat mini bagel with 2 Tbs. 100% fruit jelly and 8 oz low-fat milk
- 1 cup cooked oatmeal topped with ½ cup fresh blueberries and 2 Tbs. chopped pecans, 8 oz low-fat milk
- Yogurt Parfait: 6 oz low-fat Greek yogurt, 1 Tbs. honey, ¾ cup whole grain cereal and 2 Tbs. chopped nuts (or flaxseed)
- Non-traditional breakfast: 1 “ 100% whole wheat tortilla rolled with 2 oz turkey and 1 slice 2% cheese in addition to a pre-made yogurt smoothie
Breakfast Check List:
Make sure your breakfast consists of complex carbohydrates (ex: whole grain cereal, wheat bread, fruit, low-fat milk), protein (ex: eggs/egg whites, lean meat, nuts), and some healthy fat (peanut butter, nuts, light cream cheese)
- Look for whole wheat bread and grain products instead of white/refined products
- Choose low-fat (skim, 1% or 2%) milk and dairy products
- Limit your intake of fried foods, grease, and extra gravies & sauce
- Aim to get fruit into your breakfast either as a juice or as a whole fruit