Combat Rushed Mornings

March is Nutrition Month and this year the theme is Eating 9 to 5! Dietitians across the country are encouraging Canadians to eat well at work by providing nutrition solutions for 5 common challenging times during the 9-5 workday:

  • Rushed Mornings
  • Meetings, Events and the Workplace 
  • Lunchtime 
  • Mid-Day Slump 
  • Commuter Cravings

Today’s segment focuses on Rushed mornings. According to the latest Tracking Nutrition Trends report, almost 40% of Canadians skip breakfast. Eating a healthy breakfast has been associated with:

  • Lower prevalence of overweight and obesity and reduced weight gain over time
  • Improved appetite control 
  • Better intake of nutrients including calcium, vitamin D, potassium and fibre

Time is a big barrier to breakfast eating; most breakfasts are made in 5 minutes or less.

The Eating 9 to 5! Rushed Mornings tips focus on offering tasty breakfast ideas, simple make-ahead options and quick grab n’ go breakfasts.

Bake and freeze muffins, pancakes or mini frittata’s to reheat and enjoy during the week.

Consider getting breakfast going the night before. Cut up the fruit, set up the coffee maker and put out the breakfast dishes.

Breakfast ideas:

  • Make hot cereal the night before and reheat it in the morning. Top it with dried fruit and nuts and some milk or soymilk
  • Make extra French toast on the weekend and freeze for a quick weekday breakfast. Top it with fresh fruit and yogurt
  • Make a breakfast sandwich a whole wheat English muffin, microwaved egg, avocado slice, cheese, lettuce and tomato
  • Take a hard-boiled egg, yogurt and fruit for a breakfast to go
  • Nut butter, banana and trail mix in a whole grain tortilla

Check out www.cookspiration.ca for more delicious time saving recipes.

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