Breakfast – The Most Important Meal of the Day

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 8:26 AM

BreakfastBetween the morning rush of getting out the door on time and organizing schedules, breakfast isn’t always top of mind. However, it should be.

Michael Rakotz, MD, Primary Care Physician at NorthShore, notes that it is the most important meal of the day, especially for kids. He offers his insight on some healthy breakfast options to help fuel you and your kids throughout the day:

  • Unsweetened Oatmeal
    Sweeten it with raisins, apples, blueberries, or a bit of honey.
  • Eggs – Free Range Recommended
    Free-range hens that roam around eat grass. Their eggs will have more Omega-3s and nutrients. If you don’t have time to make eggs in the morning, make hard-boiled eggs the night before.
  • Yogurt and Fruit
    Greek Yogurt has more protein, making it a good choice for a growing child. Be sure to read yogurt labels to watch out for added sugar.
  • Whole Grain Toast
  • Cereal
    Be sure to read the label, as health claims like “contains whole grains” don’t always mean it’s the best option. It’s best to eat cereals that have 5 or less grams of sugar per serving.

What is your daily breakfast go-to food? Do you change it up throughout the week?

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