BLOG: It is nearly 2014, time for new beginnings and a new year! Starting each day with a wholesome breakfast can be one of the best ways to improve your health. However, when it comes to making resolutions, hectic mornings can be one of the greatest challenges to fitting in a meal before leaving the house. (But let’s be honest, when is it not a hectic morning?)
Skipping breakfast is a terrible trap to fall into, as it is arguably the most important meal of the day! A morning meal provides the body with energy after spending hours without eating. When you miss breakfast, your body finds fuel elsewhere by breaking down energy it stores. This results in a quick rise in blood sugar that unfortunately does not last and can lead to feelings of hunger or fatigue.
When choosing a healthy breakfast, I look for foods that will get me going, but also keep me full. The focus is on two major nutrients: carbohydrate and protein. Carbohydrates, such as grains and fruits, are the main sources of energy for our body. The best carbohydrates have more fiber than sugar, as fiber can help you feel full longer. Protein also has a similar effect. Foods with more protein, such as eggs, yogurt or milk, are digested more slowly and therefore keep your stomach full.
Yet on a busy morning getting to work on time usually seems more important. Don’t let that be an excuse! Stewart’s has quick and healthy options that are already waiting for you to pick up on your way. Here are some fiber-full and protein-rich ideas for an on-the-go breakfast at your neighborhood shop:
- *One of my favorite Stewart’s products is the low in fat strawberry yogurt and granola parfait. I recommend a banana on the side for a delicious way to add in extra fiber!
- *Another fast option, try the whole-wheat English muffins freshly prepared, with peanut butter. Grab some fat-free or low fat milk from the cooler to go alongside it!
- *Or, check out the aisle with cereal and protein bars. Find an option with at least 5g of fiber and pair it with low fat milk from the cooler to add protein and calcium.
And because hectic mornings often lead to even more chaotic afternoons, grab yourself a cup of coffee - you may need it!
-Christine Sloat, RD, RDN
Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York.
She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, with clinical training at Albany Medical Center. She has a nutrition consulting business, Nutritious Notions LLC