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Breakfast: Quick Tips!

Breakfast on the Run

Now that school is back in session, summertime habits of letting breakfast fall through the cracks must end. Common cereals, pop tarts and the like don’t provide enough protein, fiber, or healthy fat fuel your children (or yourself) through the morning. Additionally, they’re full of added sugars. Studies consistently show that daily consumption of breakfast reduces risk of diabetes. It also has been shown to greatly improve cognitive ability and performance at school.

I understand that time plays a large roll in breakfast choices. Here are some truly balanced breakfasts that use an ingredient even the pickiest eater will agree to: waffles.

Breakfast Tips!

Breakfast Tips!

To make it even healthier, chose a whole grain waffle but if your child refuses, these toppings provide healthy fats and protein to stick to your bones.

  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter, ¼ sliced banana, 1 tsp honey and cinnamon to taste
  • ½ mashed avocado, 3 slices of turkey, 1 tbsp feta cheese
  • ¼ cup ricotta or cottage cheese and ½ tbsp. raspberry jam
  • all-natural sausage patty, 1 fried egg, 1 tbsp cheddar
  • 2 Tbsp sunflower seed butter, 1 tbsp craisins, 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp full-fat greek yogurt, 2 Tbsp hemp hearts (or any nut/seed), 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup labne (a thick, middle eastern “yogurt-cheese”) with 1 tbsp sliced figs

Toast them, top them, and be on your way!

Resources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/23/healthy-breakfast-mistakes_n_2877800.html

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/easy/g871/quick-breakfasts/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Danielle Crumble Smith

Danielle is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist currently living in Colorado though she is originally from TN and has lived in AK, CA, and NV. She and her husband, Colton, have two crazy dogs and are expecting twins in August. She received her degree in Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science from California State University at Northridge and has since worked in a variety of roles as Dietitian over the past 7 years. Danielle has experience working in both clinical inpatient settings as well as outpatient. Her client/patient population has spanned from individuals with Food Allergies, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Eating Disorders, Autoimmune conditions, Diabetes, Kidney Disease, Sports Performance and Weight Management. In her free time, Danielle loves hiking with her husband, having FaceTime dates with family and doing anything outside!

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