The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Lifestyles

August 21, 2013

Amanda Stone: Healthy breakfast starts days on the right feet

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We've heard about the magnitude of this meal for decades, so surely the statement holds water.

Breakfast is all about breaking the fast from sleeping. Twelve or so hours pass between dinner and breakfast, so, by all means, you should be ravenous by the time you wake up. Yet, people still skip breakfast, citing lack of hunger or time. It's time to make this significant meal a priority.

If traditional breakfast food doesn't tickle your fancy, branch out a bit. Typical breakfast foods such as cold cereal, breakfast bars and muffins aren't that great for you -- you would be better off with a bowl of leftover chili and an apple, as far as nutrients and energy go. My grandma, who has been making breakfast for a good part of her 86 years, served pizza for breakfast not too long ago. If she can break out of the breakfast rut, so can you.

Logically, the first meal of the day should be the one where you consume the most calories because you have all day to burn them. But this doesn't mean you should visit the breakfast buffet; you still need to eat calories that are rich in nutrients.

Grab-and-go breakfasts are perfect for folks who want to push that snooze button one more time. I love breakfast, but I also love sleep. I can empathize with the internal struggle people have with their alarm clocks, because mine is an energetic 4-year-old who wakes up at the first sign of light. There are lots of nutritious options you can prepare ahead of time and keep in the fridge or freezer for eating on the way to work or school.

Break out of your breakfast rut with these recipes.

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