If you’ve got some extra brown rice leftover from last night’s stir-fry dinner, today’s breakfast is going to be a breeze! Stir in a scoop of almond butter, some applesauce, a pinch of cinnamon and a few other simple ingredients for a delightful, belly-warming bowl of porridge. Top with fresh berries for added antioxidants and sweetness.
Heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s off to work you go – with no time for breakfast. If that’s your tune each morning, it’s time to do something nice for your body and mind: Eat that first meal of the day before you leave the house. Eating breakfast (and we’re talking about something more substantial than a cup of coffee laden with cream and sugar) gives you energy to kick-start your day.
By Rachel Begun, MS, RD
With the devastation and bounty of power outages from Superstorm Sandy still fresh in our minds, this post is about the importance of food safety during prolonged power disruptions.
While foodborne illness may not be the homeowner’s highest priority in such circumstances, it should be at the top of the list. Why? Because food poisoning causes an estimated 48 million illnesses (1 out of 6 Americans), 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths each year in the United States, a good portion of which are generated from food prepared and eaten at home.*
Feeding a baby seems like it should be easy—but it rarely is. Once you’ve tackled the nuances of nursing or have finally found an infant formula your little one won’t spit up, life throws you another curveball: solids.
It might seem overwhelming at first to figure out which pureed fruit or veggie to give first—and how to get mashed sweet potato stains out of a white onesie (hint: don’t buy white onesies)—but you can also look forward to more fun than you ever imagined possible.
Here’s everything you need to know about graduating to the world of strained carrots and mashed peas.
Oatmeal is a filing and healthy breakfast that’s easy to prepare, but it can get boring when the same ingredients are used to make every bowl. Jazz up your next batch with two simple additions—one of which you probably already have on hand.
How often do you skip breakfast? Many people don’t make eating a nutritious morning meal a priority, even though they know they should. A healthy breakfast—ideally eaten within an hour of waking—helps fuel the body and mind, providing essential nutrients to start the day. It’s also important for maintaining weight, increasing concentration and productivity and supporting overall health.
If the reason you’re not eating breakfast is a hectic schedule, try waking up 15 minutes earlier. Or better yet, prepare your meal the night before. This recipe for Baked Banana Oatmeal with Walnuts and Raisins can be refrigerated or easily packed in resealable containers for breakfast on the go.
You’ve heard it a million times: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I can’t emphasize enough how true this is. After you’ve slept for seven to eight hours, taking in zero food or drink, your body needs the right fuel to get moving again.
Breakfast should be planned, just like any other meal. Grabbing something without putting thought into it usually means you’ll end up eating too much sugar and not enough nutrients. It’s always best to start the day with a high-quality meal that supplies healthy protein and carbohydrates.
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