By Andrea Holwegner, Health Stand Nutrition Consulting Inc.
Building a balanced meal at breakfast can be quick and easy! Simply include a grain or starch, a vegetable and/or fruit, and a source of protein, and you’ve got a balanced meal! Beginning each day with a balanced meal helps to ensure that you are getting the energy, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that will help you stay focused, energized, and in a great mood throughout the morning.
Eating breakfast is also important for weight control as it sparks the metabolism, and helps you avoid overeating later in the day. Here are some SUMMER breakfast ideas that are fast, nutritious, and balanced.
|GRAIN/STARCH||VEGETABLE AND/OR FRUIT||SOURCE OF PROTEIN|
|Multigrain toast||Nectarine||Wedge of Cheese|
|Whole grain wrap||Banana||Peanut Butter or Nut Butter|
|Reduced-fat bran muffin||Apricots or Plums||Milk or Soymilk|
|Whole grain cereal||Blueberries or Blackberries||Yogurt|
|Whole Wheat English muffin||Tomato slices||Quick Egg & Cheese (see recipe below)|
|Hot cereal||Watermelon||Milk or Soymilk|
|Whole grain cereal||Dried cranberries or raisins||Nuts or Seeds|
|Barley Pancakes (see recipe below)||Strawberries or Raspberries||Yogurt or Cottage Cheese|