Small Steps: Making Time For Breakfast

by in Healthy Tips, Small Steps, September 13, 2010
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Is skipping breakfast part of your daily routine? Starting your day running on empty just makes your life tougher and is more stressful for your body. You may feel tired, without knowing why. As we begin Breakfast Week here on Healthy Eats, here are a few ways to help get you in the habit of eating a morning meal every day.

The Benefits

Food is fuel. If you skip breakfast, you’ll end up going around 15 or more hours without refueling. Without properly energizing yourself, you can start feeling sluggish, irritable and your brain won’t function as well. Studies show that kids do better in school when they eat breakfast, and the same goes for adults. The primary source of energy for the brain is glucose (a.k.a. sugar) — so it’s important to get in those whole grains during the morning and get your thinking cap up and running.

The Goal
Don’t like to eat in the morning? This is a common complaint of folks who skip breakfast. As I tell my clients — start slow. Grab some fresh fruit like a banana or apple. It takes your body time to adjust to your new eating schedule so keep at it. Then start adding food so you can start your day with a balanced meal. Some easy breakfast ideas:

TELL US: What do you eat for breakfast?

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »

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Comments (32)

  1. This morning was oatmeal with cut up apples and cinnamon topped with some walnuts! Yummy!!

  2. @beckyjp28 says:

    My go-to breakfast is low fat raisin and date granola mixed with plain shredded wheat to up the whole grains without upping the sugar (with skim milk).

    I also recently discovered Yocrunch Greek yogurt parfaits. They're sweetened, but without any artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup, and they're a whole lot easier to toss in my bag in a rush than needing to add my own fruit and granola to plain.

  3. Thea Swafford says:

    We keep a variety of quick breads such as pumpkin, oatmeal craisen, banana walnut and orange cranberry in the freezer pre-sliced and wrapped in plastic wrap ready for a quick easy to eat b'fast on the way to the office with a cuppa joe.

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