For many of us, mornings are hectic! But for most, eating breakfast is important for mental functioning as well as providing a good supply of needed nutrition.
Busy mornings, long commutes, and getting the kids off to school with their own preferences for breakfast is a difficult task. Time is often short but making breakfast a well-established habit can make a difference in your overall health and diabetes management.
As a diabetes educator and registered dietitian, I often see a pattern of skipped breakfast followed by erratic eating and hard to control nighttime snacking which can wreak havoc with blood sugar and weight management.
Even on a busy morning, there are ways to fit in a nutritious meal. Here are some ideas to get you and your family off to a healthy start and tune up your overall health:
- Peanut butter (or other nut butter, such as almond butter) on toast with fresh fruit.
- Whole grain cereal topped with a sliced banana or berries. Old fashioned oatmeal can be made in a slow cooker the night before and leftovers refrigerated for the next few days.
- Breakfast wrap: Whole wheat tortilla spread with nut butter, fruit or a drizzle of honey. This can also be wrapped up “to go” with plastic wrap to eat on the way to work or school if the mornings are rushed.
- Any kind of sandwich or even leftover thin crust cheese and veggie pizza is a great breakfast food. For a good protein source in the morning that helps with mental alertness try hard boiled eggs, string cheese, and cottage cheese. You can pair these with fresh or a small portion of dried fruit such as raisins, apricots or plums (prunes) for some quick energy and fuel for your body and brain.
- Greek yogurt or cottage cheese topped with fresh fruit and slivered almonds or chopped walnuts – a quick, no-cook boost of protein, healthful fats, and fiber which can keep your appetite satisfied for several hours.
If you begin to make morning breakfast a daily habit, you’ll notice the positive influence good and balanced nutrition has on your brain and body. These tips don’t apply only to breakfast; planning your lunch as well will help you refrain from needing a last-minute fast food fix during the middle of the idea.
The best part: all of the above ideas can work for a midday or even evening meal and will save you time and money as a bonus!
The articles provided on this website are for informational purposes only. In addition, it is written for a generic audience and not a specific case; therefore, this information should not be used for diagnostic or medical treatment. This site does not attempt to replace the patient-physician relationship and fully recommends the reader to seek out the best care from his/her physician and/or diabetes educator.
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