Eating healthier topped almost everyone's list of goals for 2009 and nutritionist Alexa Fishback, author of The Daily Fix, has 12 habits to help your goal stick. Today, she takes on your breakfast needs. Stay tuned for more tips, and be sure to enter our Get Fit For 2009 giveaway for a chance to win a personalized nutrition plan created by Alexa, along with many other amazing goodies.
Now, for Alexa's breakfast advice:
While there is no one "best" breakfast, starting your day with a little bit of fiber (to get your bowels moving) and a little bit of protein (for sustained energy and appetite control) improves the overall quality of your diet. So, is cereal a healthy breakfast option? The way that I think about America's most popular breakfast food is that it provides us with energy to start the day (calories), some of our daily fiber requirement (try for at least 4 grams of fiber per serving), a multivitamin shot due to mandatory fortification of conventional (not organic) cereal grains, calcium, vitamin D, and protein from milk (preferably in the nonfat and lowfat varieties), and yes, a whole lot of sweet stuff.
To see what Alexa recommends eating,
I'm not too worried about the added sweet stuff in general, as long as you stay away from children's cereals. Some no-brainer options include: Quaker Oatmeal, Cheerios, Fiber One, Total, Grape-Nuts, All-Bran, and the Kashi line of high-fiber cereals. Sprinkle your bowl with any fresh fruit or a tablespoon of dried fruit or nuts. Slurp up your milk to get your max nutrients — and you are good to go until your midmorning snack.