Breakfast. Do you eat yours?

Yes I do! Everyday 🙂

Here is a guest post by, Registered Dietitian – Ai James

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This is my first post as a guest on Good Food Mama and I’m excited to be writing here.

Now that the school year has ended, I thought my mornings would be a little bit less chaotic but I find it just as busy as the regular school year. Busy with different activities, trips and vacations, visitors etc. When we’re busy getting everyone else in the family ready to get out the door, sometimes, taking care of our own self gets put on the back burner including eating a good breakfast. I myself skipped breakfast far too many times in the past but now, I really make a point in eating a healthy breakfast.  I rely on a super quick breakfast (like the ones listed below) when I’m crunched for time.

  1. Fruit smoothie: my favorite these days include banana, strawberries and cantaloupe. I add a little bit of cottage cheese for protein and a little bit of water and ice.
  2. Poached Egg: Crack one egg in a microwave safe bowl, pierce the yolk, add ½ cup of water, cover and microwave for 40 seconds.
  3. Plain yogurt drizzled with honey and roasted almonds.
  4. Hard boiled egg: if I remembered to cook the egg while I do other morning things.

I have often heard from clients that they don’t feel hungry in the morning so they skip breakfast and just wait till lunch to eat something. I encourage them to eat a breakfast even if they do not feel hungry. If dinner was the last meal you ate before going to bed, it has been hours since your body got fed and your body will start to switch to “starvation” mode meaning it thinks it will not get fed again and will try to retain whatever you had (as fat for later). If you are trying to lose weight, skipping meals will not help you. Plus eating a sensible (and easy) breakfast will give you more energy and you will be able to focus more and you probably won’t over eat in between meals or at lunch time.

Till next time!

Remember, eating well doesn’t mean eating boring diet food! Enjoy good food and be well!

Ai James, MS, RD

Ai on Nutrition – “Eating Well Isn’t Just for January”

Ai James, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian, Food and Nutrition Educator and a Nutrition and Kitchen Consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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