Is Eating Fruit only for breakfast healthy? – think again, brought to us from Krista Sheehan, DEMAND MEDIA
Is Eating Fruit for Breakfast Healthy?
by Krista Sheehan , Demand Media (thank you Krista and Demand Media for this informative article)
Fruit should have a prominent place at your morning meal. but……
If your breakfast consists of a cup of coffee and a banana, you’re missing the mark. The importance of the morning meal can be found in the word itself — it “breaks the fast” and replenishes your body with energy and nutrients after a long night’s sleep. Understanding the components of a healthy breakfast is crucial for building a better breakfast — and while fruit is a healthy choice, it shouldn’t be the only food that fills your empty stomach.
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A Better Breakfast
To build a balanced breakfast, MayoClinic.com recommends filling your plate with complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein and some healthy fat. Complex carbohydrates come from whole-grain breads and cereals, which also deliver a healthy dose of fiber. To fill up on protein, choose low-fat dairy products, like skim milk and low-fat yogurt and cheese. Protein can also come from lean meats, eggs and peanut butter. Fruits and vegetables should finish the meal, as they’re excellent sources of minerals, vitamins and fiber.
Fruit is packed with vitamins and minerals, which help keep the body functioning at its optimal level. The sweet treats are also filled with fiber, which helps promote normal digestive patterns and contributes to lower cholesterol levels. When choosing fruit, select fresh or unsweetened frozen varieties when possible. Although canned fruits will suffice in a pinch, they tend to be a bit higher in sugar and sodium. Some fruit juices are also filled with sugar and sodium, so always check the nutrition label before gulping a glass.
Quick and Easy Ideas
A healthy breakfast is possible even if you’re running out the door in the morning. Top a whole-wheat pancake or waffle with peanut butter and bananas for an easy treat to enjoy on your morning commute. Or, stuff a whole-wheat pita pocket with egg whites, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers and feta cheese. If you eat breakfast at the office, choose plain oatmeal topped with low-fat yogurt and fresh fruit. A fruit smoothie is another great idea, as it only takes a few minutes to blend before you’re out the door. Combine low-fat yogurt with fresh or frozen fruit, a handful of spinach and a splash of skim milk. Either toss a spoonful of wheat germ into the mix or pair the smoothie with whole-wheat toast to round out the meal.
If You Have More Time
If you have a bit more time to get ready in the morning, spend a few extra minutes preparing your morning meal. Use a whole-wheat tortilla to make a morning pizza topped with salsa, diced veggies, black beans and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese. Diced veggies can also be mixed into scrambled eggs or egg white omelets, while spinach leaves and cucumber slices can be tucked into a breakfast sandwich.
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