Breakfast is the first opportunity of the day to eat a nutritious, healthy meal. This is especially important for women approaching the age of menopause since so often menopausal women complain of low energy and fatigue. The reason is actually explained in the word breakfast itself which means... break the fast. You have not eaten for at least 10 hours, so now it is time to break your fast with something nutritious. This will help stabilize your blood sugar and give you the energy you need to start your day more effectively. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these healthy breakfast suggestions for you and your family:
- Offer a lean protein, such as Canadian bacon, eggs, cheese, deli meat, peanut butter or yogurt.
- Pair the protein with a whole-grain carbohydrate, such as a whole-grain cereal, bread, waffle or pancake or oatmeal.
- Don't forget fruits and vegetables; top yogurt with some fruit or chop up veggies to add to an omelet.
- If you don't have time to prepare a nutritious breakfast in the morning, prepare as much as you can the night before.