Kids Eat Right is a national program aimed at improving the nutrition – and health – of our kids. In order for our kids to learn to choose and enjoy healthy foods, parents need to model health eating themselves. There’s a wealth of useful and practical information at the Kids Eat Right website. I particularly like this recent article by Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, LD on making time for breakfast: http://www.eatright.org/kids/article.aspx?id=6442462528
Growing up, my entire family ate breakfast. I continued the same practice with our kids, encouraging everyone to sit down together and eat breakfast. Even when their lives became hectic and busy in high school, they still ate breakfast before leaving for school. Now they’re in college living in an apartment, and most of the time they eat breakfast. Developing healthy habits early can lead to a lifetime of good eating!
I have three favorite breakfasts right now:
1. On mornings I’m heading out first-thing for exercise, I eat a mini-bagel with a smear of peanut butter and a big glass of water.
2. 2 hard-boiled eggs, a slice of whole grain toast topped with 50% reduced fat Cabot cheddar cheese, and a piece of fruit (yesterday a clementine) plus a big glass of water.
3. Greek yogurt mixed with cut-up fruit (clementine and pear this morning), a handful of chopped walnuts, and another handful of Kashi Go-Lean cereal. I let this sit for 20 minutes while I do some morning exercises so the cereal becomes soft. My version of muesli!
What’s your favorite breakfast?