There are festivities just about every month of the year, including Valentine’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, summer barbeques, birthday parties, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s. The enticing holiday treats and comforting meals can get in the way of your nutrition goals, so let’s look at something you can focus on at mealtimes to keep you on track!
Now for the good news. Did you know that by focusing on adding food into your holiday routine, you can be more likely to make good food choices? Yes, we said add! With thoughts on family feasts, it can be easy to forget about breakfast– the most important meal of the day, holiday or not! Skipping breakfast can leave you more likely to overeat later, as well as have a negative effect on your mood.1 Research has shown that eating breakfast can also help minimize impulsive snacking later in the day, which is an important part of weight management. So, start every day off right with a balanced breakfast, high in phytochemicals, protein, and fiber. Getting in that healthy breakfast will leave you feeling full and satisfied rather than ravenous when the festivities and food begin. You’ll still be able to enjoy your favorite dishes, but likely will have a more sizeable portion that keeps you satisfied.
Keep in mind that breakfast is important even after the holidays are over. Make breakfast a part of your day, every day. It will keep you feeling full until lunch and on track with your health goals all year long. Here are several of our favorite quick and easy breakfasts that can quickly become your go-to start of the day:
The holidays tend to bring an extra layer of stress and a shortage of time, but don’t forget how important it is to prioritize your health. If you aren’t used to eating breakfast daily, set a goal each week for a certain number of days you’ll start with breakfast, and work your way up to the full 7. With a little planning, you can feel better, avoid unhealthy food choices during the holidays, and stay on track with your health goals throughout the year!
1. Lee SA, Park E-C, Ju YJ, Lee TH, Han E, Kim TH. Breakfast consumption and depressive mood: A focus on socioeconomic status. Appetite. 2017;114:313-319. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2017.04.007
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