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Tasty Tuesday by Anna Grindeland, RD, CD: A whole breakfast

Anna Grindeland, RD, CD

Why is Breakfast Considered the Most Important Meal of the Day?

  • Eating breakfast increases focus throughout the day (not just in kids!)
  • Eating breakfast is linked to lowered risk for chronic diseases like Diabetes
  • Eating breakfast balances blood sugars, affecting your metabolism throughout the entire day
  • Eating a balanced breakfast helps stave off poor mid-morning food choices made in a state of hunger.
  • Eating a balanced breakfast prepares you for a day of sustained energy and productivity

What is a “Balanced Breakfast?”

A Balanced Breakfast is one that will provide:

  • Sustaining energy
  • Essential nutrients for metabolism
  • At least 3 food groups
  • A taste that you enjoy

How to make a whole breakfast:

Start with a staple: Whole wheat toast can be topped with a fried egg and tomato, Avocado and cheese, peanut butter and sliced peaches, or your own combo (peanut butter and pickle, anyone?).

Include at least one fruit or vegetable to help your reach your five a day: Top your cereal or oatmeal with banana or raspberries, cook up spinach or other greens with your eggs, make these whole grain blueberry muffins, or if you are on-the-go, mix up your own trail mix with dry cereal, nuts, and dried fruit. (I keep dried apricots on hand for a quick boost of healthy energy)

In a hurry? Try these overnight oats or prepare a smoothie and stick it in the fridge to blend in the morning. Or, take a Saturday morning and prepare these muffin pan quiches, then pop them in the microwave for a few seconds before you leave for the day.

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