Would you eat this in the morning?Posted by Janet on Jun 26, 2012 in Health, Raising healthy eaters | 0 comments
It’s a bit radical, I know. Changing up what you eat for breakfast can really rattle your world. For starters, do you even eat breakfast? I hope so. It’s definitely one of the most important things you can do for your health. As I’ve mentioned before, breakfast eaters tend to do better on pretty much any measure of overall health. They tend to have healthier weight, they tend to eat more fibre and nutrients overall, and they tend to avoid that energy crash later in the day. Breakfast is a key habit to establish with your kids. Attention, behaviour and academic performance are all impacted positively by starting the day off with a belly full of goodness.
But here’s the thing. It’s easy to fall into a routine of the same old stuff every morning. That’s great if it is reasonably healthy and if it works for you. Please stay away from sugary cereals and toaster pastries! Many of us are on the run in the morning, so grabbing a piece of whole grain toast with cheese or peanut butter and an apple can certainly fill the bill (and the belly!). But what I’m suggesting is to mix it up once in a while. Breakfast doesn’t have to mean cereal, waffles and other traditional “breakfast foods.” If you’re trying to get more healthy veggies into yourself and your family, then why not have them in the morning?
They key to getting kids (and reluctant adults) to eat more veggies and a greater variety of foods is to offer them more frequently! If you save the veggies for dinner time then you only have one chance each day for them to get eaten. If they are offered at every meal and snack time, they are much more likely to become part of your family’s diet and regular routine. So think outside of the cereal box and start serving up veggies at every chance you get!
The picture above is a bowl of chopped salad I threw together in about 5 minutes this morning while my coffee was brewing. I simply diced up a cucumber, half a red pepper and two tomatoes. Then I chopped in a bit of parsley from my garden. I squeezed some fresh lemon juice over it, drizzled it with a bit of fruity olive oil, sprinkled it with some salt and fresh pepper, and voila! We ate it with a scoop of cottage cheese, a slice of whole grain toast and some sweet sliced persimmon on the side. It was delicious (and very colourful too!)
Do you ever eat veggies in the morning? Go ahead and mix things up a bit. You never know what might happen! What’s your favourite “non-traditional” breakfast?
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