It’s Better Breakfast Month!

September is “Better Breakfast Month” and it’s the perfect time to talk about why this morning meal is important and share some tips for making your breakfast more balanced.

While breakfast may not actually be the most important meal of the day–all meals are important–it shouldn’t be neglected, rushed, or overlooked completely. Whether due to time constraints, getting kids ready, getting yourself to work, etc., breakfast tends to be the meal that a lot of people struggle with.

If you usually skip breakfast, make it a goal to start your day with something small to get in the habit of eating in the morning and build from there. A glass of milk, Greek yogurt, or a piece of fruit are all easy and nutritious places to start.

If you are eating breakfast, assess if it is a full, complete meal. Does it contain at least 3 food groups–grains, protein, dairy, fruits, or vegetables?

Let’s say you have breakfast, but it is a granola bar on your way out the door. That’s only one food group (grains). Try adding another food group such as some peanut butter or cottage cheese for protein.

Ultimately, we want to get to the point where breakfast is a full, complete meal just like lunch and dinner. Here are some quick and easy ideas:

Chipotle Grits Breakfast Bowl
  • Greek yogurt with berries, granola, and slivered almonds
  • Egg scramble with spinach, shredded cheese, and a slice of toast with butter
  • Smoothie with frozen fruit, whey protein powder, and milk

Prefer a recipe? Here are a few to try:

Don’t skimp on breakfast! Start small and work your way up to a balanced, complete breakfast to bring more energy and nutrition to your day.   

Jill Merkel is a Registered Dietitian specializing in disordered eating and sports nutrition. She is the owner of a virtual private practice, Jill Merkel RD Nutrition Coaching and Consulting, based out of Tennessee. She loves helping people take the stress out of eating and get back to the enjoyment of food.

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