You know that whole "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" thing? Well, there's a catch: Simply eating something for your morning meal isn’t good enough to get you going and keep your energy levels high throughout the day.
“The ideal breakfast contains a whole grain carbohydrate, a protein, and fresh fruit or vegetable,” says Laura Manning, MPH, RD, CDN, and clinical nutrition coordinator at Mount Sinai Hospital. “The perfect example is a bowl of whole grain oats with chopped walnuts and blueberries.”
But too often we reach for sweet foods like frosted cereals and packaged pastries that are lacking in nutrition (and may also be contributing to increasing rates of obesity in the U.S., adds Manning). Steer clear of these breakfast favorites, which nutritionists say are sure to get your day off on the wrong foot. (Want the freshest breakfast possible? Grow your own! On just a quarter-acre of land, you can produce fresh, organic food for a family of four—year-round. Rodale's The Backyard Homestead shows you how; get your copy today!)