Does it matter what you eat for breakfast?
Yes. Eating mostly sugary foods in the morning can cause your blood sugar and energy levels to rise sharply, and then drop quickly in about an hour. This can result in hunger and the subsequent symptoms of irritability, reduced concentration and memory, fatigue, headache and stomachache. Start your day off right with a well-balanced, low-sugar breakfast consisting of whole grains, lean protein, and heart-healthy fat.
Prepare a ½ cup of uncooked old fashioned oats with ½ cup of milk on the stove. Add 1 tablespoon of walnuts or other nuts plus ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract and ground cinnamon. After it is finished cooking, pour ½ cup of milk over the oatmeal and top with blueberries or raspberries and/or banana slices.
However, you do not have to eat traditional breakfast foods in the morning. Some individuals prefer leftovers from lunch or dinner foods for breakfast. Choose foods you like and build a balanced meal consisting of at least three of the five food groups. Combining different food groups provides your body with sustained energy and helps you get in all of the nutrients your body requires.
When should you eat breakfast?
Strive to eat within one to two hours of waking. If you are not hungry, begin your day with a snack rather than a meal. Then enjoy another snack a few hours later when you are hungry again.
What are some fast and easy breakfast ideas?
With a little bit of planning you can enjoy breakfast every day. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Ready-to-eat breakfast cereal with fruit. Look for cereals that contain 3 or more grams of fiber per serving and 5 grams or less of sugar per serving.
2. Fruit and hot cereal. Try oatmeal or oat bran.
3. Whole grain toast, English muffin or mini bagel with yogurt and fruit. Try something different on your toast such as low-fat cottage cheese with jam, or nut butter with jam, or Laughing Cow wedges with jam.
4. All-natural Greek yogurt with wheat germ or milled flax seed and fruit.
5. Cottage cheese with berries and sliced banana. Top with cinnamon.
6. Mix up your favorite dry cereal plus dried fruit and nuts. Prepare the mix the night before so you can grab it on your way out the door. For a more complete breakfast enjoy with a glass of milk or all-natural yogurt.
7. Omelet or scrambled eggs prepared with low-fat cheese and vegetables.
8. Breakfast burrito with vegetables served in a whole wheat tortilla shell.
9. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat bread with all-natural yogurt.
10. Whole grain waffle topped with low-fat yogurt, berries and/or sliced banana.
11. Frozen whole grain waffle topped with peanut butter and honey or pure maple syrup.
12. Leftover vegetable pizza or pasta, dinner leftovers, or sandwich with milk.
Now, there are no excuses to miss this extremely important meal of the day with these fast and easy breakfast ideas.
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