Quick Breakfasts for Busy Families
Our dietitian offers tips and recipes for great breakfasts on the go.
CynthiaHaines,MD, MD on Thursday,
October 21, 2004
Skipping breakfast is like starting on a long road trip with your fuel gauge
almost on empty. You're bound to run out of gas halfway through your busy
Yet as many as 37% of young adults do skip breakfast, according to one
survey. Often for the wrong reasons: We're too busy. We're trying to watch our
weight. We don't have time to make toast, much less eggs and bacon.
The truth is: breakfast is key to health and weight
management. Eating a good breakfast actually helps you eat fewer calories over
the course of the day, according to recent studies in the Journal of Nutrition
and in Environmental Nutrition. The right breakfast foods -- those high in fiber
and protein -- keep
your energy up throughout the morning and stave off hunger for hours. The wrong
foods -- sugary refined cereals and white breads -- may make you eat more for
lunch than normal.
Plus, breakfast serves up a good dose of key nutrients you and your children
need: Calcium and potassium from milk; vitamin C, folate, and fiber from oranges
or orange juice; and, fiber, folate, and iron from whole grains and fruits.