Along with the official end of summer as the kids head back to school, September celebrates National Breakfast Month! The word "breakfast" notes its importance in your body's daily rhythm: the body has been fasting throughout the evening and night; it requires a satisfying meal to jumpstart it for the day ahead. Many times, we make the mistake of skipping breakfast entirely, leading to irritability and growling stomachs by lunchtime. Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day- so it is crucial to plan ahead and have healthy options available for the busy mornings. With the right preparation and a few tasty ideas, you can enjoy a nutritious and delicious breakfast every day.
Build a better breakfast.
"You want to aim for a breakfast that combines good carbs and fiber with some protein," nutritionist Erica Giovinazzo notes
in this Health.com article. Low-fat options, such as Greek yogurt and oatmeal are a sweet way to begin your day. Opt for steel-cut oats, which contain more fiber, and top with honey or fruit. All types of berries, such as blueberries, strawberries and raspberries- pair well with oatmeal and pack a punch with extra fiber.
Mix it up. A smoothie, packed with frozen fruit and yogurt is a great way to get nutrition on the go. Smoothies are easy to adapt to your taste- add a spoonful of peanut butter to your banana smoothie for a protein kick, or throw a handful of spinach in for a boost of antioxidants and fiber. Take smoothie preparation a step further by creating smoothie packs for the freezer. Pop them in the blender in the morning with a cup of almond milk and enjoy!
Lean protein. Protein is paramount to keep you satisfied until lunchtime, so enjoy eggs for breakfast! Whether you prefer your eggs over-easy, scrambled, and poached or hardboiled, these "incredible edibles" are the perfect breakfast addition. At only 78 calories per egg, a single egg is packed with over thirteen vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin B2, selenium, and folate. Pair your eggs with a slice of whole grain toast and yogurt with berries for a nutritional and filling breakfast.
Reinvent the wheel. On the days that your family can be together and enjoy breakfast, try out new recipes such as banana pancakes: simply mix one banana and two eggs together to create a crepe-like batter, dollop into a skillet and voila- a two ingredient, protein packed breakfast! Another great way to enjoy a leisurely morning meal is by making a frittata or crustless quiche: whisk eggs with a splash of milk, fold in your favorite vegetables and cheese, and transfer into a baking dish.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes until the eggs are set and the top is golden brown.
Prepare your meals in advance, or stock the pantry with quick, low-fat options to make sure you are making the most out of your morning. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and with these strategies and recipes, it might become your favorite meal, too!