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I’ve never been a big breakfast eater. Except for those times my dad made us breakfast so we could be smart for tests or big days at school, I rarely ate much, if anything, before I headed out the door to classes.
Then I graduated college, got married, and got a job I had to be at by 7:30 a.m. I soon realized that if I didn’t eat breakfast, I would be gnawing my arm off by 9 o’clock. And if I didn’t eat the right things, arm-gnawing would commence as well.
A white bagel with jelly might get me two hours before I was starving again. A homemade breakfast burrito on a whole-wheat tortilla? I wasn’t even hungry at 11 o’clock, my usual lunchtime. Behold the power of protein and fiber!
Last week I was asked to help co-host a chat at The Motherhood about having a healthy breakfast. That link will take you to a recap of the chat, and here are some of the highlights I’ve gleaned for you:
- Think outside the breakfast box. There’s no reason you can’t serve your kids half a turkey sandwich for breakfast if that is what they will eat. Christine shared that her son has an egg allergy and looking to other sources for breakfast protein will work for their family. Libbie often asks for peanut butter and jelly for breakfast, and as long as it’s on whole wheat I don’t see a reason not to oblige. (We also use natural peanut butter and simply fruit-type jams.)
- Concentrate on dietary fiber, calcium, vitamin D, and potassium. These are the four nutrients Americans are likely not getting enough of, according to the new Dietary Guidelines. Great sources of fiber can be fruit with skin, flaxseed, beans and legumes, and vegetables. Sneaking veggies and flaxseed into your food can be fun! My Chock Full of Healthy Muffins have apple, carrot, flaxseed meal, AND oat bran. What a way to stuff some fiber in your face early in the morning!
- You NEED breakfast. It helps refuel your body after a night’s sleep, kick-starts your metabolism for the day, and should supply about 20% of your dietary needs each day.
- Make breakfast convenient. You know I am all about freezer cooking, and there is always something for breakfast in our freezer. Muffins, pancakes, waffles, breakfast burritos, egg cups … they all freeze well. Lately we’ve enjoyed having baked oatmeal for breakfast, too; one batch can last Libbie and me a workweek.
Are you a breakfast person? Leave me a comment telling me what you had for breakfast this morning and I will pick one commenter to win $10 (given through PayPal) that you can use to buy ingredients to make your favorite breakfast!
I thought outside the breakfast box this morning and had leftover ham and scalloped corn from Easter, as well as an apple.
Rules: You must either have your e-mail linked to your Blogger account or provide your email in your comment. I will pick a winner on Friday, April 29. You will need to be able to receive funds via PayPal to win.
The Motherhood chat is sponsored by Kellogg’s, and I will be compensated for my time and efforts.