Breakfast isn't exactly the easiest meal to enjoy. Whether you're rushing to get ready for work in the morning or hurrying to get the kids off to school (or both!), finding the time to prepare a nutritious meal might seem more like a luxury than a reality.
But, breakfast is an important meal! And while I'm not going to say it's the "most" important meal (all meals truly are important!), breakfast does provide an opportunity to nourish your body with the energy that it needs to begin its day, plus the nutrients it needs to help your body run better throughout the day.
In fact, some evidence demonstrates that among women who are stressed, those who skip breakfast eat more empty calories, saturated fat, and added sugar later in the day compared to those who actually eat a morning meal. Beyond that, breakfast skipping is a big concern since missing the meal is associated with a lower overall consumption of important nutrients like fiber, calcium, vitamin D, potassium and folate. (1, 2).
September marks Better Breakfast Month, so I thought it would be good to give you a roundup -- a quick guidebook -- of the healthy tips, easy tools, and delicious recipes you can use to get your day off to an energized, nutritious start this month and all year long.
I've gathered my top tips, tools and recipes from around the web to help you say "YES" to enjoying Better Breakfast Month, well, better!
Better Breakfast Guide | Tips & Tools
How To Create a Better Breakfast | Foxy Produce Blog
In this blog, I share four EASY ways to create a better breakfast, like by planning ahead, baking it in advance, making it in under 5 minutes, and MYO-to-go (make your own to go!).
These four ideas help you enjoy nutritious options in the mornings, even when you're busy!
16 Simple Breakfasts Nutritionists Swear By | Prevention Magazine
From savory avocado toast and a veggie egg scramble to sweet banana oat pancakes and overnight oats, top nutritionists shared their favorite ideas for simple, healthy breakfasts. Check out my simple recipe for oat pancakes within!
11 Things To Eat For Breakfast When You're Bored of Eggs | Women's Health Magazine
Though I love eggs, Women's Health Mag asked me for some of my favorite egg-free breakfast recipes. Check out my ideas and those of other Registered Dietitians in this article.
4 Delicious Ways to Eat Vegetables for Breakfast | YES! Nutrition Blog
Struggle to get enough vegetables at breakfast? This resource will give you plenty of nutritious and delicious ideas!
Better Breakfast Guide | Recipes
This smoothie is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, high in protein AND just downright delicious! Plus, you'd never know it by its vibrant purple color, but this smoothie includes TWO vegetables!
Using real pumpkin puree (which is naturally packed with Vitamin A), these waffles hit the spot in September and all fall long!
The flavor of tropical pineapple sweetly stands out in this smoothie, all while offering nutrient-packed kale, anti-inflammatory turmeric and the protein boost from collagen - an ingredient that may support skin and joint health.
These protein waffles offer over 14 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving - that's unlike other waffle recipes!
How do you enjoy a better breakfast? What are your favorite breakfast foods? Are you a breakfast skipper or is breakfast your favorite meal of the day? I'd love to hear your comments on all things breakfast - and your questions, too! - so drop a comment below to let me know.
Have a healthy and happy Better Breakfast Month!
- Widaman, AM, Witbracht, MG, Forester, SM, Laugero, KD, Keim, NL. Chronic Stress Is Associated with Indicators of Diet Quality in Habitual Breakfast Skippers. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2016, May 7: 2212-2672. http://www.andjrnl.org/article/S2212-2672(16)30080-6/pdf
- Nicklas, TA, Myers, L, Reger, C, Beech, B, Berenson, GS. Impact of Breakfast Consumption on Nutritional Adequacy of the Diets of Young Adults in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 1998:98(12):1432-1438.