Making a healthy breakfast can improve quality of life

Making a Healthy Breakfast Can Improve Quality of Life

Karly JohnsonBy Karly Johnson, Coordinator
Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program for Oneida and Langlade Counties
University of Wisconsin-Extension Oneida County
Phone: 715-627-6236
Email: karly.johnson@ces.uwex.edu

 

September is National Breakfast Month and for many people breakfast is a low priority or not one at all. If you think you are saving time or cutting calories by skipping breakfast, think again. Making a healthy breakfast a part of your morning can help get you on track to make healthier choices throughout the day, increase your physical activity, and help curb over-indulgences of high fat, high sugar foods and overeating at lunch.

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.

Tips to help make breakfast a priority:

  • Skipping breakfast may leave you feeling famished, leaving the door open for temptations such as candy, chips, and other foods causing weight gain.
  • 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.
  • Research shows that those who eat breakfast regularly are more likely to have a healthier overall diet.
  • Do some morning chores the night before, such as, selecting clothes to wear and packing your work bag and children’s backpacks.
  • Set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier to allow for more time to eat.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas:

  • Small whole wheat bagel with peanut butter, a banana, and a glass of skim or low-fat milk
  • Oatmeal with skim or low-fat milk topped with dried or fresh fruit and chopped nuts.
  • Overnight oats (see recipe below).
  • Breakfast parfait made with low-fat yogurt, fruit, and low-fat granola
  • Sandwich made with whole grain English muffin, turkey bacon, and low-fat cheese.

For more healthy breakfast ideas visit https://www.whatscooking.fns.usda.gov/
Adapted from: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension

Recipe

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