With all the diets and lifestyle changes I’ve tried in my life 1 suggestion stays constant: Eat a filling and healthy breakfast. Growing up, my family’s idea of breakfast was 2 – 3 meats (sausage, bacon, scrapple), eggs and a starch (usually biscuits with gravy or muffins.) It didn’t take me long to realize that wasn’t healthy but instead a quick way to a heart attack.
Since having a family of my own I’ve done my best to make sure the unhealthy eating habits of my childhood didn’t get passed on. With my new diet I’m taking steps to slowly feed my family more healthily as well as myself. Shh – they’re not completely on board yet, so I’m being sneaky about it!
I believe the kids especially need a healthy breakfast. They perform better academically without that sluggish feeling they get from carb loading with cereal or just toast. While their go to source of nutrition would be a pop-tart or a bowl of cereal and maybe a piece of fruit, I try to cook breakfast at least 4 times a week. It’s not always easy to get everyone in the same spot due to hectic schedules. This morning, however, I was able to get both of the guys to sit down and eat. Well, it was more a stand up and eat before you go type of morning since they were both in a hurry.
Omelets are my specialty – I enjoy making them and have perfected the art. It’s an easy way for me to make sure protein and dairy are present at breakfast (and sometimes even dinner.) I have been going with egg white omelets instead of whole egg omelets. This way cholesterol levels are kept in a healthy area.
Since picky eaters aren’t the easiest to coax in the morning (and I don’t particularly like having my head bit off at the crack of dawn) I keep the omelets simple. Egg whites, grated cheddar and salt/pepper. I serve them up with a few pieces of turkey bacon or crumbled sausage, 100% fruit juice and either a veggie or fruit on the side. This morning we used Jennie-O’s Turkey Sausage which is always a hit around here. Whenever I visit Walmart I make sure to pick up some.
Children pick up their eating habits at home. Luckily I was able to shake mine and I’m hoping our kids will keep eating the way they do now. I haven’t always made the best food choices when it comes to my family, but I’m making it a point to do so now. Along with my family, I’m hoping to spread he word about the importance of healthy breakfasts to others. I’d love for people to see you can eat healthy and be fully satisfied with flavor and quantity.
Jennie-O is a family favorite for us. It’s the perfect substitution for high fat/calorie sausages and bacon. It allows my family to enjoy their favorite breakfast foods without the guilt. If you haven’t switched to Turkey yet, go ahead and try it. You wont be disappointed! Take it a step further by sharing the importance of breakfast with your community.
Share a healthy breakfast with your kids classroom, sports team, activities group etc. Each time you share be sure to share your story with Champions for Kids. There are so many great and inspirational stories I know yours would be a wonderful addition. Help them reach their goal of #MobilizingMillions (getting 20 million people by 2020 to become Champions for Kids!)
What’s your typical breakfast routine?
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