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!