September is National Breakfast Month. Research shows that those who eat breakfast regularly are more likely to have a healthier overall diet. However, for many people, breakfast is a low priority or not one at all. With summer behind us and the fall season gearing up, think about how you can do breakfast better.
- If you tend to skip breakfast or run short on time in the morning, it is important to plan ahead. This starts at the market. Once you have breakfast options in the kitchen, the morning meal becomes a snap to prepare.
- If you do not like traditional breakfast foods, no worries! There is no rule that states breakfast must be eggs or cereal. Eat any nutritious foods you like in the morning.
- Routines can be hectic early in the day so maximize your time and efforts. Prep at night so you are ready to go in the morning. From setting the table to measuring out dry ingredients for pancakes, make every minute count.
Some fun and healthy breakfast suggestions include:
- Bite into a small whole wheat bagel or an English muffin with nut butter, a banana, and a glass of skim or low-fat milk.
- Enjoy a quick bowl of whole grain cereal with low-fat or fat-free milk and fruit. Try to choose cereals with at least 4-5 grams of fiber and less than 6 grams of sugar per serving.
- Pancakes, french toast, or waffles with fresh fruit are always a treat. Try these Honey Yogurt Waffles made with a touch of Greek yogurt for a healthy protein boost.
- This Fruity Oatmeal will keep you full and satisfied all morning.
- Go quick and healthy with a sliced hard-boiled egg, a piece of fruit and a rice cake.
- Whip up some Banana Muffins. Make an extra batch and freeze for later!
- Slice up an apple and pair it with some cheese and crackers.
- Try this delicious Blueberry Cantaloupe Parfait made with fat free vanilla Greek Yogurt.
- Prepare a breakfast sandwich with toasted whole grain bread, turkey bacon, and low-fat cheese.
- Enjoy a veggie omelet. Or try these great on-the-go high-protein Egg Cups. Make ahead of time and pop them in the freezer. In less than 1 minute in the microwave they are ready to go when you are.
- This recipe for Avocado Toast is a quick, easy breakfast that’s packed with protein and healthy fats that will help keep your appetite in check.
- Pick up portable breakfast items such as fruit, low-fat yogurt, and whole grain breakfast or granola bars for when you are on the go.
Remember, when planning breakfast options, aim for variety. Choose foods from three or four different food groups, such as grain, protein, fruit and/or vegetable and milk, for breakfast.