Think you don’t have time to rise and shine with breakfast? Skip “the most important meal of the day” and you may miss out on health benefits including cholesterol control and weight management. Here are five great reasons to begin each day with breakfast.
Feel Fuller, Longer
A breakfast that pairs fiber from whole grains, fruits and vegetables with protein from low-fat dairy foods and eggs energizes and helps control hunger pangs until lunchtime. Emerald® Breakfast on the Go!® pouches include Emerald® Walnuts, Peanuts or Almonds plus a unique combination of dried fruit and crunchy granola clusters and supply at least three grams of fiber and protein. You can sprinkle it into yogurt or cottage cheese, or simply enjoy it straight from the pouch. Wake up to a different balanced breakfast each morning with five different varieties to choose from.
Boost Essential Nutrients
The average balanced breakfast delivers more than 30 percent of your daily needs for calcium, iron and B-vitamins. Skipping breakfast means missing out on these essential nutrients with little chance to make them up later in the day. Almond Breeze® Almondmilk supplies an excellent source of calcium, vitamins D and E and a good source of vitamin A in every eight-ounce glass. This creamy, mildly flavored alternative to cow’s milk is made from California grown almonds and can be used on hot or cold cereal, in fruit smoothies, or your favorite breakfast recipes. All Original, Unsweetened Original, Chocolate and Vanilla flavors are soy- and lactose-free too.
A Healthy Waistline
Studies show that breakfast-eaters tend to weigh less than breakfast-skippers. Eating a morning meal not only “breaks the fast” and kicks up your metabolism, it may also reduce your calorie intake through the day. Stock your pantry with grab-and-go options like highfiber breakfast bars, single-serve yogurt, trail mix and breakfast beverages for hectic mornings. Ready-to drink Carnation® Breakfast Essentials™ is packed with 21 vitamins and minerals, plus twice the protein of an egg. Look for Regular and No Sugar Added Rich Milk Chocolate and Classic French Vanilla flavors.
Improved Concentration and Productivity
Whole-grain bread, oatmeal, 100 percent juice and fruit keep brain cells humming as a source of their favorite fuel–glucose. When brain cells are happily fed, they perform tasks better and improve concentration. Breakfast is a prime time to eat at least one serving of fruit in for the day. Dried fruit like new Paradise Meadow® Lean Crans® Dried Cranberries or Premium Dried Cranberries is a great option for breakfast on-the-run, or as an ingredient in muffins, quick breads and scones. Compared to other sweetened dried cranberries, Lean Crans® contain half the sugar and five times more fiber. A one-quarter cup serving of vibrant red cranberries is also loaded with antioxidants like anthocyanins.
Set a Good Example
Breakfast is important for everyone, especially kids. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, kids who eat breakfast show improved problem-solving skills, hand-eye coordination and perform better in the classroom. Serve their favorite breakfast foods with a glass of new V8 V-Fusion® Smoothies. This deliciously thick drink is made from a blend of 100 percent fruit and vegetable juices and each serving supplies two grams of fiber, plus a good source of vitamins A, C and E. They’re also free of added sugars, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Both adults and kids will enjoy all three flavors including Strawberry Banana, Mango and Wild Berry.
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