It's almost National Nutrition Month!
March is a wonderful time of year because the weather is getting warmer, there is that distinct smell of rain in the air, the grass is beginning to turn green and there are buds popping up on some of the trees. In addition to all the beauty that nature provides, March is also a great time of year to revisit your nutrition goals. By now, the appeal of the new year might have worn off and any routine that you have initiated might start feeling stale right about now. With the beginning of spring comes the opportunity to try new foods and support your digestive system through exercise and balanced nutrition.
To celebrate National Nutrition Month (NNM), I am going to piggy-back off of another nutrition celebration this month of National School Breakfast Week. Having a healthy start to the day is so important, especially for the growing bodies and brains of children. This year, the theme is "Start your engines with school breakfast". Breakfast on a weekday typically goes in one of four ways:
1. No breakfast
2. Quick breakfast in the car of fast food or pre-made foods (breakfast sandwiches, frozen waffles, granola bar)
3. Quick breakfast in the car of healthier foods (smoothie, overnight oats, whole grain toast with nut butter, fruit)
4. Breakfast at home before leaving (types of food can vary from frozen/pre-made foods to fresh/homemade foods)
In almost every situation, having food to fuel your child before going to school is better than none. However, to get the most focus and the most benefit out of breakfast, there are better foods than others. I have outlined below some healthy options for each of the three categories listed above related to eating breakfast. Based on your family's lifestyle, you may have a variety of breakfast times including in the car or at home; but remember, the most important thing is to A) offer breakfast to your child(ren) and B) make it as healthy as often as you can. Progress is perfection and know that you are doing the best you can, with a little effort and time you will be amazed at what you can do!
I will be posting a video on my channel on March 4th with the most requested recipes!
Quick breakfast in the car of fast-food or pre-made foods:
English muffin with nut butter and apple slices
Oatmeal with fruit (ask for sugar on the side so you can control how much goes in)
Smoothie (check ingredients to make sure it is made with fresh fruit or juice; ask for added protein powder, nut butter or hemp seeds for added fullness )
Quick breakfast in the car of healthier foods
Whole grain toast with avocado and a piece of fruit
Whole grain frozen waffles with nut butter and fruit
Breakfast at home before leaving
Oatmeal or other whole grain hot cereal (buckwheat, polenta, rice, barley, etc)
Chickpea and veggie frittata with mushrooms
Smoothie bowl or banana ice cream
Leave a comment to let me know which recipes you would like to see me make!