Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Listen to Mom: Don't Pass on Breakfast!

Ah Breakfast! This is my absolute favorite meal of the day! I have a gigantic sweet tooth so breakfast is particularly appealing to me but I think it is essential to get the day started off right. Whether it be classes, sports or meetings, mornings are filled with activities that require you to be focused and moving. Without a good breakfast it is hard to sustain your optimum efforts and you are left feeling drowsy and miserable by mid-morning. A balanced breakfast should contain some sort of protein and fiber. Sources of protein can be found in low-fat dairy, nuts, eggs and low-fat meats. Good sources of fiber can be found in whole grains and fruits. The way you start your day sets the tone for the way the rest of your day will be. So set your alarm a little bit earlier and enjoy the peacefulness of the morning with a good breakfast. You will feel happier and be more focused and productive throughout the day. (Not a morning person? Grab a piece of fruit, granola bar and protein shake! There are many portable breakfast foods for all you snoozers out there!)

My Favorite Breakfast: 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt (try low-fat over non-fat yogurts they are more satisfying and have a better texture), 1 large banana halved and sliced (sometimes use a big juicy peach instead!), 1 handful of blueberries, sprinkle of cinnamon and 1/3 cup crunchy nutty granola.


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