Most important meal of the day

bananaPosted on March 30, 2012
Adapted from FCHP's publication, Wellness Works Today

It’s Monday morning, and you’re running late. What will you do first – get your kids dressed for school or eat a healthy breakfast?

This scenario is not uncommon – kids or no kids. Mornings are challenging. If you're rushing around to start your day, breakfast often falls to the bottom of the list of morning to-do's.    

But we’ve been told again and again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. People who eat breakfast are more alert, perform better during the day and are healthier, too. Breakfast is especially important for kids because of those reasons.

So, how can you get yourself through the rush and still have a healthy breakfast, too? Here are some tips:

  • Prepare your breakfast the night before. Make something simple like local food blogger Snack Girl’s overnight oatmeal or her oatmeal breakfast “cookie.”
  • Pack breakfast in your (or your kids’) lunch bag – which you’ve packed the night before. Half of a whole grain bagel with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and a piece of fruit is a quick breakfast to eat at the bus stop, the T stop or a red light.
  • Think outside the cereal box. Eat something "non-breakfast foody," like vegetables, brown rice and 3 ounces of last night's protein part of dinner.
  • Keep options at work like a box of oatmeal or cereal, trail mix, yogurt, whole grain bread, or peanut or almond better
  • Keep healthy snacks in the car like trail mix, granola bars or dried fruit.  

Not used to eating so early in the day? Well, start small. Try a slice of toast or a piece of fruit. Just something small to get your metabolism fired up.

For your kids, check to see if their school participates in the School Breakfast Program, a federal program that provides states with financial assistance for non-profit breakfast programs.

Be smart—don’t skip breakfast!

Suggested reading

Why breakfast is an essential meal in the day
Breakfast: the most important meal of the day

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