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What to Have for Breakfast...
Created on 7/20/2012

By the time you drag yourself out of bed, get cleaned up, dressed and ready for the day, you might find yourself short on time before heading out the door.

Which means you may not be eating breakfast.

Not so long ago, daily breakfast might have meant toast, eggs and sausage with juice and coffee. While readers might enjoy that breakfast, few of you likely set aside time each morning to make breakfast.

So you might be chowing down on a bagel and a big gulp of coffee before starting work, or grabbing a breakfast bar on the run, or even hitting the drive-thru fast food place.

Not awful - it just could be a lot better.

First, know that breakfast really is a very important meal. Think about it - you've just gone 7-9 hours without eating or drinking anything while you were asleep. You need hydration and a source of energy to start your day - food and drink!

It would be best to start your day with a good dose of protein, some healthy carbs and a little fat. You could:

- make a smoothie with milk or soy milk, fresh or frozen berries, a tablespoon of ground flax seed, and maybe even a little peanut butter

- open up a cup of Greek yogurt and mix in ground flax seed and / or walnut pieces

- have a bowl of high fiber cereal that is low in sugar - add sweetness by dropping in some dark berries, maybe even a few slices of banana

- scramble an egg or two and place it on a high fiber English muffin or even a single whole grain waffle for a breakfast sandwich, open-faced or closed 

- create a quick bowl of steel cut oatmeal and sprinkle in a little cinnamon for added flavor

- consider having leftovers from last night's healthy dinner! (There's no harm in having a healthy "dinner" for "breakfast", or vice-versa) 

The important thing is to plan to set aside a few minutes each morning to make and eat breakfast. That might mean going to bed a few minutes earlier, but it's worth it to start your day right.

Have a simple, healthy breakfast when you're busy and your day is likely to go better because, among other reasons, eating breakfast:

- helps keep your energy levels up

- can improve performance at work or school

- may contribute to maintaining a healthy body weight

Good reasons to eat breakfast - and you also need a little something to drink. Having a big glass of water in the morning is a good idea.

For those of you who enjoy coffee, more and more research suggests it may actually be good for you provided you don't overdo - after your morning coffee, think about drinking some green tea later in the day if you need a healthy pick-me-up.

There are plenty of easy, healthy ways to start your day with breakfast - get creative, set aside time to start your day off right with an easy, quick, healthy meal -

and be well.
Dr. Russ
** Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. **

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