Saturday, February 11, 2012

Have a Good Breakfast Everyday

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By Diane Forrest,

Why have a good breakfast?
  • Increase concentration
  • Increase strength
  • Maintain weight control.

Studies show that children who eat breakfast perform better on cognitive tests and in school.  Skipping breakfast is a common strategy for people who are trying to lose weight.  Some experts believe eating breakfast keeps your metabolism running because skipping meals causes the body to kick into 'starvation' mode; however, it's more likely that people who regularly eat breakfast also make good dietary choices the rest of the day.  A typical contemporary combination of food for a hearty breakfast consists of eggs (fried or scrambled), one type of meat, and one or two starchy dishes; commonly hash browns and toast.
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Breakfast is my most favorite meal to go out and eat.  I love the breakfast buffets, and some of the best ones are at nice hotels.  Several years ago while I was still in school I worked as a waitress at our town's oldest hotel.  It is a wonderful place where they even had elevator operators, and the waiters all wore white gloves.  In the mornings they had a breakfast buffet with a chef who cooked your eggs any way you wanted.  I loved the ham and cheese omelets, cheese grits, hash browns, biscuits, cream cheese pastries, pancakes, bacon, sausage, bowls of fresh fruit, and pitchers of fresh juice.  There was also a selection of dry cereal and coffee by the gallon.  Of course having room service for breakfast is great too!
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Some people can't eat first thing in the morning, or just don't like breakfast foods.  It doesn't matter what you eat at breakfast, as long as it is filling, and low in sugar and fats.  Some college students even eat cold pizza for breakfast.  If you don't like to eat first thing, it is recommended that you eat small meals during the day.  If you are rushing, and don't have the time to cook or sit down to eat, here are some on the go suggestions:
  • A veggie omelet and a piece of whole-wheat toast
  • A whole-wheat English muffin with low-fat cheese, a scrambled egg, and slice of tomato or lean ham
  • Smoothie made with fruit and low-fat yogurt
  • Salmon on 1/2 whole-grain bagel with light cream cheese
  • Whole-grain cereal with fresh fruit and low-fat milk
  • Oatmeal made with skim milk, raisins and nuts, with 4 ounces of orange juice
  • Low-fat yogurt and a piece of fresh fruit
  • Yogurt smoothie and breakfast bar
  • Hard-boiled egg and a banana

Today, and every day, we are celebrating Have a Good Breakfast day, I think I will go fix my oatmeal and orange juice right now to kick start my day.

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