Lately, I have been stuck in a breakfast rut. I adore steel cut oats and have been eating them most mornings. I think with the change of seasons, I am craving some change in my breakfast as well.
There’s no two ways about it — breakfast is not to be missed. With breakfast you are literally breaking the fast. Read on for 3 simple ideas to your breakfast dilemma.
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Why Eat Breakfast?
Energy, clear thinking and healthier weight are 3 top reasons never to skip breakfast. Eating a good breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day. It wakes you up and gets you going.
When you skip breakfast, you are likely to become tired when your brain and body run low on fuel. By mid-morning, you might grab a Starbucks or wolf down a candy bar to get a short lived burst of energy. This might work for a few minutes, but by lunch time you are hungry, crabby, and perhaps your mood might make you a little more prone to make unhealthy choices at lunch and then for dinner. The cycle goes on and on. Sound familiar?
Skipping breakfast is a common strategy for losing weight, but not a smart one. Many people believe that they will lose weight if they skip meals, but that just isn't true; the body expects to be refueled a few times each day -- starting with breakfast.
Actually, eating breakfast is good for weight loss. In fact, people who eat breakfast are more likely to maintain a healthy weight.
3 Simple Choices for Breakfast
1. Rice cake with a smear of almond butter and sliced bananas.
2. Sprouted bread with nut butter and all natural jam with a side of fresh fruit.
3. My new favorite is millet with peaches and a dollop of apple butter. See recipe below. Millet is more than just an interesting alternative to the more common breakfast grain, oats. It is rich in manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. Although oats have been widely publicized for their heart-protective properties, millet is a grain that should also be included on your list of heart-healthy choices because of its status as a good source of magnesium. Magnesium has been shown in studies to reduce the severity of asthma and to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks. Magnesium has also been shown to lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack. Who wants to try it? You can find Bob's Red Mill brand of millet at Giant Eagle and most grocery stores. If you can find it in bulk at a health foods store it is typically cheaper.
Just Peachy Millet
3/4 cup millet
1 peach (or other seasonal fruit), sliced or a bag of frozen peaches
2 cups water
a pinch of sea salt
Place millet in a fine strainer, rinse and drain. Combine millet, fruit, water and salt in a 2qt saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low for 20-25 minutes, or until all water is absorbed. Serve in bowl with dollops of yogurt or apple butter on top.
Recipe adapted from Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair.
What is your favorite breakfast these days?