Friday, March 11, 2011

Oh so Important Breakfast!

We've all been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. How many of you actually believe that and then consequently live that way? How many of you skip breakfast regularly because you don't have time? This makes me so sad. I simply cannot imagine NOT eating breakfast. It truly starts my day, gives me energy, and makes me happy in the morning. 

I will tell you a little secret though. I used to be a horrible breakfast eater. Basically my entire childhood breakfast eating consisted of pop-tarts and granola bars. I can't believe my mother let me out of the house with such a deprived breakfast. Truthfully, I was running out the door and grabbing a to-go bar was the only option. It may be easy to say this now, but I will not allow my children to eat like that. Studies definitely show that children with a healthful breakfast are able to concentrate better, they excel better in school, and they are less likely to over-eat the remainder of the day. That is true for all ages actually. Breakfast is so important!

Most recommendations include consuming about 25% of your daily calories for breakfast. This starts your metabolism and gives you the energy you need for the day. A good breakfast is also going to include more than just carbohydrates. We need protein and fiber in our breakfast to keep us satiated for a longer period. 

Recently I've been switching between a hearty bowl of oatmeal and sauted veggies with scrambled eggs. I like to make my oatmeal with milk and I always add some form of fruit and nuts. I've been eating lots of eggs because they come from right outside and are free! 

Oats with milk, frozen peaches, blueberries, pepitas(pumpkin seeds), and almonds.

1 comment:

  1. Oooo your oatmeal makes my mouth water. This morning I had scrambled eggs with onions/peppers/tomatoes in addition to my daily cup of coffee. Yum!