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Let a Healthy Breakfast Fuel Your Day

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  • Of the three daily meals, people seem to have the most trouble with eating breakfast. The excuses are: “I’m not hungry when I get up,” or “I’m trying to lose weight,” or “I don’t have time.” And yet, many nutrition experts say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

    Here are some reasons why, from Toni Toledo, M.P.H., registered dietitian with Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) HMR Weight Management Program.

  • Breakfast is Good Fuel

  • “It’s not called ‘break-fast’ for nothing. In most cases your body has been fasting for 10 to 12 hours. A good meal at the start of your day keeps you strong and gives you more endurance into the late morning."

    Breakfast will help you manage your weight. “You won’t save calories by skipping breakfast. You’ll usually end up binging on more calories later. With a good breakfast, you get your body’s motor revved up – and you actually end up burning more calories throughout the day.”

    Studies show people who eat breakfast are also more likely to maintain a healthy weight. But many individuals complain breakfast food isn’t appealing. “This doesn’t have to be so,” counters Toledo. “There are an infinite number choices for breakfast.”

    Try some of these ideas:

    • Yesterday’s leftover dinner—pasta or baked potato
    • Celery with peanut butter
    • If you’re carb conscious, grab a handful of nuts with low-fat yogurt
    • If you’re in a hurry, have a hard-boiled egg ready and waiting
    • Or, make a yogurt and fresh fruit smoothie in the blender, pour it into a thermos and you’re off!

    The ideal make-up of a nutritious breakfast includes some fruit, a little dairy and something made of whole grains. Or, any two of these also makes an adequate morning meal.

    Tomorrow, start helping yourself and your family to a healthy breakfast every morning. You’ll find the time spent will be well worth the investment.

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