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3 Foods to Always Have on Your Breakfast Plate

3 Foods to Always Have on Your Breakfast Plate

Ensure a healthier start to your day. 


Studies suggest that breakfast is a prime opportunity to make sure that children get the nutrition they need! When done right, breakfast can serve as a chance to include nutrient-dense items like low-fat dairy, whole-grain cereals and fruits into your family's diet. But too often what passes for "breakfast" in many households nowadays isn't actually doing our bodies any favors – think sausage, donuts and sugary cereals. It might be time to rethink your breakfast routine. Read on for our guide for the three foods you should always have on your breakfast plate to improve diet quality with minimal effort. 


Whole Grains: Oats are a fantastic breakfast option because they are high in both fiber and protein, keeping your family full and energized throughout the day. They're also affordable and easy to incorporate into many different recipes, including overnight oats, oatmeal, and smoothies. Plus, oats are an excellent source of magnesium and antioxidants which help reduce inflammation and boost the immune system.


Fruits (and Vegetables): Bananas in particular, are a delicious and convenient fruit that makes a perfect breakfast side dish. They deliver potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure, and they also contain fiber and vitamin C. Pair them with peanut butter for a filling breakfast option or even add slices to your oatmeal for extra flavor and nutrition.


Low-fat Dairy: Yogurt is a great breakfast option providing protein, calcium, and contains probiotics. Research shows that probiotics help regulate digestion and strengthen the immune system. Choose plain, unsweetened yogurt and add fresh fruit or honey to sweeten it naturally. You can also use yogurt as a base for homemade smoothies or as a topping for granola in your breakfast parfaits.


It's easy to fall into unhealthy breakfast habits during a busy morning routine, but incorporating these three breakfast options can make a significant positive impact on your family's diet. Swapping out sugary cereals for whole grain oats, adding bananas as a side, and incorporating yogurt with fresh fruits and granola can make your breakfasts more nutritious and delicious. By making small changes, you can set a healthier tone to your family's day and promote their overall well-being.


Published September 1, 2023

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