Making a Healthy Breakfast Can Improve Quality of Life
Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program for Oneida and Langlade Counties
University of Wisconsin-Extension Oneida County
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