3 Tips for a Healthier Breakfast
You wake up at 7 a.m. and don’t have time to sit down for a bowl of cereal. At the office, you grab a cup of coffee and get busy. By the time you look at the clock it’s 2 p.m., and you haven’t eaten since dinner last night, so you buy a sandwich at a café and go back to work. When you get home from work it’s already 5 p.m., and now you’re tired and hungry, but you still have to make dinner.
For some of us, this may be a typical day. We find it difficult to find time to eat, especially during the morning rush. But it’s important to start your day with breakfast, a nutritious morning meal helps with brain function, memory, attention span, concentration and more energy throughout the day!
Organize the night before. Save time in the morning by planning your breakfast, setting out pans and ingredients — or go ahead and prepare a breakfast, such as refrigerator oats, the night before.
Keep it simple. On busy mornings, it’s perfectly acceptable to get going with a bowl of whole-grain cereal and a banana.
Pack your breakfast to go. If there’s no time to eat at home, grab a piece of fruit, whole-grain bar and a cheese stick. Keep portable, easy-to-grab foods in sight.
Finally, ensure you’re eating a nutritious breakfast by including foods from at least two food groups. Here are some easy breakfast ideas:
- Stir crunchy cereal and blueberries into plain, unsweetened yogurt
- Prepare instant oatmeal with milk and add dried fruit and chopped walnuts
- Top a whole-grain bagel with cream cheese and sliced strawberries
- Stuff a whole-grain pita with cooked egg, spinach and sliced avocado
Tran Luong is a dietetic intern at the University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor. She graduated from the University of Akron in 2016 with a bachelor’s in dietetics.