Plan ahead to make sure you can fit breakfast into your morning routine. According to an article in the Chattanooga Times Free Press, professor of nutrition Gail Frank reiterates what mom told you and says that breakfast fuels us for the day.
Frank says: "If we don't refuel at breakfast and break the overnight fast, we challenge the body as the brain searches for fuel. Children recall better and go longer if they have breakfast. It's no different for adults."
In addition, research has found that people who eat breakfast are the most successful at maintaining weight. It is out first chance of the day to establish a healthy eating pattern, which is possible by avoiding excess calories, fat, sugar and salt. Frank says that one quarter of the day's calories should be consumed at breakfast.
Since no one has any extra time in the morning, Frank suggests preparing the night before. Cook good old oatmeal in the slow cooker so you can wake up to it, and add creative twists, like fruit and nut toppings.
Orange juice and milk are two easy-to-serve and nutrient-rich foods, according to Frank. Packing low-sugar cereal in a reusable container, or rice crackers with peanut butter are examples of quick on-the-go breakfasts.
For more breakfast suggestions, check out our article 10 Ways to Eat Quick, Healthy and Green Breakfasts.
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