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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 12:16

Veggiecation for Breakfast?! Yes, please!

Guest Post by Certified Veggiecator Educator, Randi Kant

A successful 4-week Veggiecation series at a new school last May paved the way for my return in the fall.  So as summer winded down, I circled back to the incredibly helpful and supportive Before/After-School Care Coordinator to make a plan for the new school year.

When I did, she put forth an interesting idea —Veggiecation for breakfast!  Loving this new twist, we set up an 8-week Veggiecation Breakfast Series that would meet Thursdays from 7:45am-8:30am.  The search for breakfast-y recipes, appealing in the early morning, was on! 

Turns out, Mom was right! 

You’ve heard it since you were a kid, and it really is true.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  The right morning meal does a lot of great things for both body and mind, including:

  • kick starting your metabolism
  • improving concentration and performance
  • boosting mood
  • curbing hunger so you’re more likely to make healthier food choices throughout the day
  • giving you more strength and endurance for your day and your physical activities
  • contributing to a more nutritionally complete diet

 

An ideal breakfast is one that supplies both protein and carbohydrates and consists of a variety of foods including fruit, veggies, whole grains, lean protein and low fat dairy products.  A variety of easy options to try:

  • low-fat yogurt with fruit
  • whole grain cereal with fresh fruit and low fat milk
  • hard-boiled egg and a banana
  • smoothie made with frozen fruit and low-fat yogurt
  • whole grain English muffin, toast or bagel with sliced avocado, a scrambled egg and a slice of tomato

*When choosing non-dairy milk products, choose the unsweetened variety.

 

And my Veggiecation breakfast recipe suggestions?  I found some fantastic ones!

  • Sweet Breakfast Salad
  • Apple Pie Smoothie
  • Pumpkin Hummus with cinnamon pita chips
  • Sweetheart Smoothie
  • Super Snap Pea Salad
  • Magenta Dip
  • Tropical Smoothie
  • Sweet Carrot Salad

Not exactly the breakfast type?

Start slowly by eating something small and nutritious in the morning – a piece of fruit, yogurt, a little oatmeal.  After a couple weeks, your body’s appetite will reset and you will feel hungry in the morning – which is exactly what you want.  So give breakfast a try—just like the kids and I did— and see for yourself if Mom was right after all.  We think she was!

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