Friday, March 27, 2009

BREAKFAST:DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!

We've always heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I've always been prone to skipping breakfast, but now that I'm diabetic, I've searched out some quick easy breakfast ideas which I include at the end of this post. Whether you're off to work or school, the benefits of a good breakfast last all day long. A breakfast that includes lean protein like an egg, nonfat yogurt, or skim milk, and a whole grain and/or fruit can:

*Help control hunger and the urge to snack, especially if you're trying to lose weight (That Would Be Me!)

*Improve your ability to concentrate and keep you more alert (Lord Knows I Need Help With Both of Those Tasks)

*Help control blood sugar levels

*Improve your total daily nutrient content

Tips:
1) Nonfat milk has the same amount of bone-building calcium as whole or 2% milk.

2) To get all the vitamin C from a tomato, don't remove the seeds before cooking or serving.

Most of the vitamin C is found in the jelly around each seed. For the best flavor, store tomatoes at room temperature.

HERE ARE SEVEN WAYS TO START THE DAY. I especially like these ideas because their quick and easy!

1)A blended smoothies made with one cup frozen fruit, 1 banana, 1 cup nonfat milk, 1/2 cup nonfat yogurt, and honey to taste.

2)Whole-wheat English muffin with one scrambled egg, one slice of low-fat cheese, and a slice of tomato or lean ham.

3)1 oz. package string cheese, one small apple, an d a small bran muffin.

4)A whole-grain cereal (cold or hot) that contains at least 5 grams of total fiber or 2 grams of soluble fiber per serving with nonfat milk and fruit.

5)1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese with 1/2 cup pineapple cubes (fresh or canned without sugar) and two granola bars.

6)1 hard-boiled egg and 1 cup of grapes.

7)Whole-wheat toaster waffle with 1 tablespoon peanut butter and a sliced banana.

Hopefully, these simple breakfast ideas gave you a few new ideas. I HATE boring breakfasts. Having the same thing day after day is not my cup of tea!

7 comments:

lizzykristine @ Uplifted Eyes said...

I had never heard that about the vitamin C in tomatoes being in the jelly around the seeds. Interesting!!

Joy said...

I've heard that the diabetic diet is the best diet for loosing weight.

Those breakfast sound like ones I can handle.
Not too bad.

Joy
P.S. I put some Sun City Center gals on my blog. Go take a look. :)

Most Rev. Gregori said...

Did you know that some countries, (I think that Sweden is one) they eat their big meal in the morning; I mean stuff like sausages, fish, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, etc. That is their breakfast. At night, they have something like a bowl of cereal, and they tend to be healthier then we are.

justabeachkat said...

Lots of great ideas.

Hugs!
Kat

M.J. said...

#7 sounds yummy, I will have to try it! I never make time for breakfast!

MightyMom said...

breakfast used to be a can of Dr Pepper....now it's a half glass of whole milk.

I"m not a breakfast person....and since doing night duty I tend to eat only once a day. I don't even want to know what my blood sugar does!!

groovyoldlady said...

I like 2 pieces of Ezekiel Bread raisin toast spread with 1/4 cup (total) ricotta cheese and cinnamon with a tsp of honey or splenda and sprinkled with chopped walnuts. Yum-Yum!