For so many people, breakfast is a low priority or not a priority at all. September is National Breakfast Month and it’s the perfect time for you to start taking care of you! IF you think you are saving time or cutting calories by skipping breakfast, think again. Making a healthy breakfast part of your morning can help you get on track to make healthier choices through your day, increase your physical activity and help curb overindulging on convenience foods. A healthy breakfast replenishes your body and can have a positive impact on your overall health. Check out the tips below on why a healthy breakfast is important and how to make it happen.
Skipping Breakfast and Weight Gain
Skipping breakfast may increase your chances for weight gain. Eating breakfast can help reduce hunger and overeating. Skipping breakfast may leave you feeling famished, which may lead to temptations such as candy, chips and other foods from the vending machine or break room area. When you are at the grocery store, try buying portable breakfast items such as fruit, low-fat yogurt, and whole grain breakfast or granola bars for when you are on the go.
The Health Benefits of Breakfast
Research has shown that those who eat breakfast regularly are more likely to have a healthier overall diet. Healthy breakfast options include whole grain breads and cereals, low-fat protein and fruits and vegetables.
If you are one of the many people who skip breakfast, start eating breakfast this month and make it a routine. Plan ahead to eat breakfast, this means deciding the night before so you will save time in the morning. Try some of the healthy breakfast options below. Do you have a favorite breakfast recipe?
Oatmeal Cookie Oats
Stir together 1/3 cup plain, uncooked rolled oats, ½ cup skim milk (or dairy alternative), ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt, ¼ tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. chia seeds and 1 tbsp. raisins, continue stirring until ingredients are well combined, cover and place in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning top with t tsp. chopped walnuts and/or stir in a small mashed banana.
Mochanana Smoothie (need a little caffeine kick?)
Blend 1 large frozen banana (remove the peal before you freeze) with 1 serving of your favorite chocolate protein powder, 2 tsp. ground flax seeds, and 1 cup brewed coffee and 2-3 ice cubes. If you would like a thicker consistency, add more ice cubes or try adding nonfat plain Greek yogurt.
Next week the recipes will feature the Incredible, Edible Egg!
To Your Health!