By Kristi Winkels, RDN, LD
Are your mornings rushed? If so, it might seem like there's no time to prepare a balanced breakfast. Eating breakfast in the morning is a healthy habit that sets the tone for the rest of the day. When you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to overeat and choose less healthy convenience foods later in the day. Plus, eating breakfast helps with concentration and gives you and your kids the energy needed to perform at your best!
No time to make breakfast? Here are some quick and easy breakfast ideas:
• Instant oatmeal topped with dried fruit and chopped walnuts.
• Greek yogurt layered with your favorite whole-grain crunchy cereal and fruit
• Make a smoothie with Greek yogurt, frozen fruit, and milk. Try these smoothie recipes:
• Top a whole grain toaster waffle or whole grain toast with natural peanut butter and banana slices.
• Stuff a whole-wheat pita with a sliced, hardcooked egg, low-fat shredded cheese, and tomato slices.
• Make a trail mix: Mix a handful of nuts, 2 tablespoons of dried fruit, and ½ cup unsweetened cereal in a baggie (make several ahead of time for quick snacks, too!)
• Spread low-fat cream cheese on a whole-grain toasted bagel. Top with sliced strawberries.
• Add turkey and low-fat Swiss cheese to a toasted whole-grain English muffin.