Get Your Day Started Right!
You have all heard it before. I'm sure Kellogg's started it. But really, the most important meal of the day? Let's not discriminate; I think ALL meals are important. No one meal is more important than any other. They're just, how should I say it ... 'different'.
Yes, I'm talking about breakfast!
The first meal of your day can be a starting point for getting in cancer 'phyters' (phytochemicals). Breakfast is also important in maintaining a healthy weight, which is imperative for healthy survivorship and in decreasing your risk for cancer. Research shows that people who are successful at maintaining their weight eat breakfast every day.
Breakfast is the meal that tells your body the day has started. When you go to bed at night, your body's metabolism slows down. However, your metabolism won't speed back up again until you have that first meal.
What is a Healthy Breakfast?
If you're one that doesn't like breakfast, you're not alone. It
should be a relief to know that you don't have to only eat breakfast
food in the morning. Think outside the cereal box. Who said you can't
have a sandwich or soup? Or leftovers? Don't tell me you've never had
pizza for breakfast!
A healthy breakfast should consist of 3-4 different food groups. Since most people don't like vegetables at breakfast, fruit is a must! I prefer that people eat their fruit rather than drink it, but 3/4 cup of 100% fruit juice can be a good back up plan when you're in a hurry.
Some examples for breakfast might be:
- 1 cup cereal with low-fat milk and 1/2 grapefruit
- Low fat granola with berries and yogurt
- 1 egg, whole wheat English muffin and strawberries
- Fruit smoothie (frozen fruit, milk, yogurt and a splash of juice)
When I'm in a hurry, here are some things I grab to eat on my way:
- Kashi granola bar and banana
- Crackers, 1 oz. low-fat cheese and a 100% juice box
- Apple and peanut butter
- String cheese and a banana
Plus, I'm NEVER without my hot tea in the morning (thanks to my husband)!
The best time to have breakfast is within 1 hour of waking up. It's OK (in fact normal) if you get hungry a few hours after eating breakfast. That just means it's time for a snack!
In the US, we tend to get stuck in a rut for breakfast. All we can think of is cereal, toast, oatmeal, eggs and McDonald's. A lot of the cereal bars on the shelf really ought to be in the candy section! The worst thing to do,though, is to NOT eat breakfast at all.
Good Morning to you!