I feel like there are so many people who want to confess all their “nutrition sins” to me whenever I am in their presence. First off, even as a dietitian I am honestly the last person to judge you. I know my own diet is no where near perfect and I’m okay with that so you should be too! I think some people may do it because they want advice– of which I am totally happy to give, just don’t sound so guilty about it. Regardless, one of the biggest ‘confessions’ I hear is “Well, I don’t eat breakfast, but I know I should.”
Did you know there are millions of Americans that skip breakfast daily? That number is crazy to me because I always wake up starving so skipping breakfast has never been one of my problems. Think about it, if you eat dinner at 7pm, and then wake up at 7am, that’s TWELVE whole hours your body has gone without food!! During the day your body never goes that long without food. Breakfast is literally your time to BREAK your nightly FAST.
Here are some legit grab-n-go breakfast ideas. The best method to building a better breakfast is to think of the MyPlate logo (fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy) and choose 3 different food groups to get the maximum nutrition!
- Overnight oatmeal (made with oats, yogurt, and fruit)
- Hard-boiled egg with toast and an orange
- Yogurt parfait with fruit & granola
- Trail mix made with dried cereal, dried fruit & nuts
- Peanut butter & banana sandwich
- Fruit & milk smoothie with a granola bar
New Year’s Resolutions are quickly approaching– should daily breakfast be included in yours this year!?