Nutritionally Balanced Breakfast
I know this post says it's written by Eric, but really it's written by all of you, our readers. After sifting through the 60+ comments on how nutritionally challenged we are, you all provided some amazing insights and thoughts on how to eat a nutritionally balanced breakfast. I have simply compiled the ideas into some thoughts below in hopes that this can be a valuable resource for all to enjoy.
Notable Thoughts About Breakfast
- Breakfast is an essential time to take in protein.
- What you eat in your 20s and 30s will affect your health in your 40s and 50s.
- Eat foods with the fewest ingredients possible.
- Processed food is NOT very nutritious.
- Shop the perimeter of the store.
- Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.
- Hy-Vee's Health Market has 10% on Wednesdays (great for fellow Midwesterners).
Helpful Resources We've Been Using
- 100 Days of Real Food: Great blog with valuable information on eating healthy
- Fooducate app: Grades food as you scan labels at home or in the store
- Real Food on a Real Budget (I haven't read this yet, but it's on my list)
There are many more resources, but these are the few that we have used so far.
Healthy Breakfast Foods
- Yogurt: I like Greek yogurt.
- Healthy cereal: I have tried Honey and Oats so far.
- Granola: Haven't tried yet, but on the list
- Eggs: Good source of protein, be cautious about the cholesterol
- Peanut butter: Good source of protein
- Whole grain bread: Tastes better than white anyway
- Oatmeal: Lot of comments about steel cut oats. I tried these with a few chocolate chips.
- Fruit: I've made fruit salad and mixed in yogurt with cereal and also take it for lunch, too.
- Dark chocolate chips: Someone mentioned putting these in yogurt (must try!!)
- Omlette with veggies: I made one of these one morning
- Smoothies: Still need to try this out, but it's on our list (any simple easy recipes? Cass?)
I haven't really felt a boost in energy from eating healthier so far, but I do feel like I am slimming down and keeping the air out of the tire in my midsection. I think you might call this bloating? When I was eating horrible, I seemed to always feel bloated from overeating.
We are certainly on the right track in the breakfast department. Our eyes have been opened so wide by all of the comments from our Nutritionally Challenged post, we are on a mission to change our nutritional lifestyle. We are staying with our our baby step theme, however. This will likely take a very long time (months, years?) to achieve, but we are committed.
You all truly inspired us to make this change and we thank you for that.
For the next challenge, we are tackling supper. Logically we would next focus on lunch, but our thought is that if we focus on supper, we can incorporate healthy leftovers for lunch, thus killing the proverbial two birds with one stone.
What tips do you have for making easy nutritional suppers that make great leftovers?