Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day

March 7, 2017

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It helps to boost your metabolism, regulate your hormones and blood sugar, and has been shown to actually help you eat FEWER calories throughout the rest of the day! Your breakfast doesn’t have to be a gourmet meal and it doesn’t have to be a large feast. Take a look at these simple ideas for a healthful, nutritious, balanced breakfast:

  • Make plain instant oatmeal with low-fat milk instead of water. Toss in raisins or dried cranberries and chopped walnuts.
  • Layer plain greek yogurt with your favorite crunchy cereal and blueberries.
  • Blend a breakfast smoothie with low-fat milk or plain greek yogurt, frozen strawberries and a banana. For some added nutrition, add some ground flax seeds or chia seeds.
  • Make one packet of plain instant oatmeal with low-fat milk. Mix in 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. Sprinkle with apple pie spice or cinnamon and chopped nuts of your choice.
  • Top a toaster waffle with plain greek yogurt and peach slices.
  • Stuff a whole-wheat pita with a sliced, hard-cooked egg and a sprinkle of shredded cheese.
  • Spread a flour tortilla with natural peanut butter. Add a whole banana and roll it up.
  • Spread cream cheese on a whole-grain toasted bagel. Top with sliced strawberries.
  • Add lean turkey and Swiss cheese to a toasted whole-grain English muffin.

Get more ideas for putting your best fork forward during National Nutrition Month at www.eatright.org