They aren't lying when they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! When you skip breakfast you are missing out on some valuable nutrients to help start off your day. There are many good reasons to make sure you eat breakfast:
- It can help you include more vitamins and minerals into your daily intake.
- You will have better focus and concentration during your early morning classes.
- It has been shown to help with weight control as it can decrease hunger later in the day and help to avoid overeating.
- It helps to refuel your body and replenish the stores that provide your body with energy during the day.
If you have more time to sit down and eat breakfast here are some healthy options:
- Whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk and a piece of fruit.
- The best is a cereal that has at least 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams or less of sugar.
- You are better off choosing a cereal that does not list sugar as one of the top ingredients.
- Whole-grain bagel or waffle with peanut butter, a piece of fruit and some milk.
- Oatmeal (make it with milk to add more nutrients) with fruit or almonds.
- An omelet with vegetables added.
- Yogurt with low-fat granola and some fruit.
- Whole wheat crackers with cheese or peanut butter.
Nutritionist Christine Clark works with Dining Services to provide you with tips and techniques to stay healthy during your time at Northeastern. If you have any further questions about this or any other nutrition or diet topic, such as food allergies or weight gain/loss, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Breakfast: How does it help weight control? Mayo Clinic. www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-and-nutrition/AN01119. Accessed 2/3/12.
- Healthy breakfast: Quick, flexible options to grab at home. Mayo Clinic. www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-and-nutrition/NU00197. Accessed 2/3/12.