Back to School Month Starts with Breakfast

While August is the epitome of summer, it is also Back to School Month. Whether returning to work after a summer vacation or preparing kids for the fall routine, a healthy breakfast is an opportunity to start the day off on a positive note for young and “old” alike.

A healthy breakfast replenishes your body and can have a positive impact on general health.

  • If you are one of the many people who skip breakfast, plan ahead. This starts at the market. Once you have food in your kitchen, you can plan accordingly.
  • Try to limit breakfast foods that are high in sugar or fat, like sugar coated cereals, doughnuts, pastries, and fried foods.
  • Aim to choose foods higher in fiber and lower in saturated fats.
  • Try to eat a breakfast that includes foods from at least 3 of the 5 food groups. For example:
    • Cold cereal, milk and fruit.
    • A toasted whole wheat muffin with nut butter and a glass of low-fat milk.
    • Oatmeal with skim or low-fat milk topped with dried or fresh fruit and chopped nuts.
  • If you do not like traditional breakfast foods, no worries!  There are no rules that require breakfast must be eggs or cereal; just make sure it is healthy.

For some enticing breakfast options, consider some of the following options to get you going in the morning.

  • Muffins can be a quick and easy breakfast. Make a large batch, freeze them and pull out of the freezer when needed. Simply warm up in the microwave or toaster oven. These Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins are an all-in-one on-the-go breakfast or snack.
  • These Egg Muffin Cups are a quick morning fix. Make them ahead of time and in just under 1 minute in the microwave these egg muffins are ready to go when you are.
  • This Spinach and Bell Pepper Frittata is another nutritious and delicious option. Make in advance and warm up in the microwave for breakfast, or any time of day.  
  • Whole wheat flour tortillas, a staple in many homes, are perfect for transforming a simple scrambled egg into a delicious wrap. To get a bang for your buck, toss in leftover vegetables into the mix.
  • For a quick and satisfying morning bite, roll up this quick Egg and Cheese Burrito with fresh avocado and salsa.
  • For super simple – Try a peanut butter and banana sandwich or an English muffin with hummus. For a simple avocado spread combine an avocado with a teaspoon of lemon juice and gently mash with the back of a fork. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Enjoy a protein rich, fruity breakfast with this Yogurt Raspberry Parfait. It fits the breakfast checklist with cottage cheese and yogurt sweetened with a touch of honey and raspberries.

We all know time is at a premium early in the morning and it is important to maximize efforts at breakfast. Whether opting for a simple cereal or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it is all good. Prep as much as you can in advance the night before. And, whatever your morning routine, remember that eating well in the morning is the fast track for a high-energy day.

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