September 1, 2017
September Nutrition Tip & Recipe
By waking up to a healthy breakfast, you have taken the first step in providing your body with its daily nutritional needs to keep it in good health. Breakfast provides your body with the energy it needs to start your day right!
Starting your day without breakfast is like trying to drive a car without fuel. We have all been told, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” but, why is it so important for adults and children to have breakfast every day?
- By the time you wake up in the morning, it has been 8-12 hours since you have last eaten and your energy levels are low. Breakfast provides your body with the energy it needs to start the day.
- Breakfast helps you stay alert and can improve your mood and ability to pay attention.
- Eating a well-balanced breakfast improves your overall health and well-being. You will be less tired and sleepy in the mid-morning hours.
- Children that start their day off with a healthy meal are more creative, do better in class, perform better on tests, and have fewer behavior problems.
- Adults who eat breakfast tend to do better at work, snack less, and get more nutrients each day than adults who do not eat breakfast.
- Research shows skipping breakfast does not help you lose weight. In fact, people who skip breakfast are more likely to be overweight
Good Breakfast Tips
- Try to include foods from at least 3 different food groups for breakfast. Example: 1 cup low-fat yogurt (dairy group), 1 medium orange (fruit group), and 1 slice of whole-wheat toast (grain group).
- Plan ahead by stocking health and quick options so that you don’t have an excuse to skip breakfast.
- Make sure to include some protein to help keep you satisfied longer and to keep you mentally alert
- Keep breakfast simple by eating a quick bowl of whole-grain cereal with a banana or a slice of whole-wheat toast with peanut butter.
- Save some money be making your breakfast at home instead of eating out.