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Healthy Eating on a Budget - How?

Courtesy of North American Precis Syndicate

We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet many of us still manage to find excuses to skip eating breakfast each morning. As life gets busier, it is more important than ever to be sure to fit breakfast into your schedule.

Your morning meal not only sets the tone for your day-it can tune up your mind (breakfast eaters tend to concentrate better in school and have more energy) and tone up your body (adults who eat a healthy breakfast tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day).

According to Registered Dietitian and author Elizabeth Ward, the healthiest breakfasts include foods from at least three of the four food groups-and don't have to cost a lot to create. Here's how to get what you need in the morning meal.

Plan for breakfast: Keep healthful breakfast foods on hand, including whole grain cereals and breads, low-fat milk and yogurt, and fruit. Let children assemble their own morning meals, including such winning combinations as:

• Banana dog: Spread a hot dog roll with nut butter, soy butter or sunflower seed butter. Peel a banana and put it in the roll. Have with 8 ounces of milk.

• Eggs in a pita: Scramble an egg or two, stuff into half of a whole wheat pita pocket and top with grated cheddar cheese and ketchup or salsa. Have with 8 ounces of 100 percent fruit juice.

• Waffle sandwich: Toast two frozen whole grain waffles, spread with nut butter, soy butter or sunflower seed butter. Serve with 8 ounces of milk.

• Breakfast berry parfait: In a tall glass, layer 1 cup cereal, such as Mom's Best Honey Nut Toasty O's, with half cup vanilla yogurt and half cup berries. Add a slice of whole grain toast. Mom's Best Naturals is a great option for this recipe as it contains no artificial flavors and colors, no preservatives, saturated fat or high-fructose corn syrup. The line includes varieties that meet the tastes of adults and kids.

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