Jumpstart your morning eating routine with a breakfast makeover. It’s not about deprivation — it’s about moderation!
As 2016 came to a close, I realized it was time to make healthier choices in my life. I was tired of the weight I’d packed on, tired of how tired it made me feel and tired of making bad choices.
Among my better choices is to eat breakfast again — consistently, everyday, with purpose. Breakfast had fallen by the wayside in my eating life, and I was either skipping it or grabbing a pastry from a place near my office. A breakfast makeover — or maybe overhaul — was in order.
While recent studies aren’t as conclusive about breakfast’s importance, from a personal standpoint, I am more alert, focused and prepared for the day when I eat well in the morning. That’s good enough for me.
Creating an Ideal Breakfast
A sign has hung in my kitchen for years — one I painted on a warm summer day as I started to let my kids be a little more independent in the mornings. It shows three things: fruit, toast and dairy. It’s a guide to crafting breakfast that I made for my kids, and as I started to think about remaking my breakfast habits, I was drawn back to that sign.
Balance: A good breakfast is about balance. Protein, fruit, a grain. It could be a dairy (dairy is a source of protein!) or an egg. It could be fruit or juice or both. It could be cereal or bread or oatmeal or something else.
Moderation: Good breakfasts — satisfying ones, that is — are about moderation. I’d happily eat lots of toast every morning, but that’s neither healthy nor sufficient fuel for my body. Not feeling toast? A mini croissant can feel like a decadent addition to the breakfast plate. But really, it’s small size makes up for it.
Variety: Eating the same thing day in and day out gets, well, boring. Instead, change up your breakfast mix regularly. A slice of toast with a protein — like a hard cooked egg or some cheese — and berries. Yogurt, fruit and granola. Oatmeal with mashed bananas. Make your eggs scrambled. Or hard cooked. Or over easy. Whatever you like.
Give your Juice a Makeover
In addition to what I eat, I also drink a lot with breakfast. Coffee or tea. Ice water. And I love having juice with my breakfast. Being hydrated? It’s super important. That’s where Trop50 Juice Beverage comes into play. Trop50 offers the great-tasting goodness of orange juice with 50% less sugar and calories. Squeezed from fresh oranges, each 8-oz glass provides 100% of your vitamin C needs and has no artificial sweetener — just how I like it!
And, perhaps best, it’s delicious. And when it comes to anything you eat or drink, tasting good is essential
Do you eat breakfast?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.