September is Better Breakfast Month & for good reason. Eating breakfast every day is one of the best habits I can think of aside from daily exercise and regular healthy eating.
I've heard many reasons why people skip breakfast, myself included: typically it's not being hungry early in the morning (that could be because of eating lots of calories before going to bed); no time in the mornings; and not liking breakfast foods, but let's face it, you don't have to eat "breakfast foods" for breakfast. There are many healthy alternatives.
But did you know, the benefits to eating breakfast far outweigh the reasons people aren't eating it? It not only kick starts your metabolism (your body needs food to burn calories and burning calories helps weight management), but it's a necessary step in meeting your daily nutritional needs (there is a reason they call is breakfast... you are breaking the fast between the time you eat dinner until you wake up in the morning. That can be over 8 hours of no food & water for your body!). Eating breakfast is also shown to improve a child's grades in school and keep them from being depressed, anxious or irritable... all the more reason to prepare a healthy breakfast in the morning for both you and your child.
Eating breakfast takes time and dedication. Skip it once and you may feel a little guilty but will be more inclined to skip it again. We all have days, no doubt, that a full breakfast just may not be an option, but grab a piece of fruit or a granola bar on your way out the door to hold you until you can eat a well balanced meal. Here are some great tips from Rachel Begun, MS, RD to help ease into a breakfast eating routine:
As you develop your breakfast habit, here are some tips to keep in mind:
It's never too late to start healthy eating habits for you and your family; and what better way to kick your day off then with the peace of mind of revitalizing all of the needed nutrients you lost over night.
Need some healthy recipes? Check out this quick and easy breakfast from Parenting.com:
Dressed Up Yogurt
What you need:
7 oz container plain yogurt (I recommend Greek yogurt)
1 Tbsp. raspberry jam (or any other favorite - raspberry just happens to be mine)
1 tsp. honey
2 Tbsp. toasted almonds, roughly chopped