Fitness Tips: July 8, 2013

Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast can help give you more strength and endurance to engage in physical activity. We look forward to seeing you soon. 
Healthy Lifestyle Tip: Basics of a Quick and Balanced Breakfast
Don't let the lack of time or other hurdles keep you from having a balanced breakfast. Research shows the many benefits of eating breakfast every morning. 
Breakfast doesn't have to be elaborate or time consuming; investing time in breakfast pays off through the whole day. It's best if your breakfast foods come from three different food groups: protein, whole grains, and fruits or vegetables. You can get protein from eggs, dairy, lean meat, or peanut butter. Cereal or whole-wheat toast count for your whole grains and strawberries or blueberries – great sources of antioxidants – make a sweet and nutritious topping for oatmeal, cold cereal, or yogurt. Cereal is a great choice for a quick and easy breakfast, but look for one that has at least 3 grams of fiber per serving, whole grain listed as the first ingredient, and it's low in sugar. If you prefer sweetened cereals, use a few flakes as a topping for yogurt. 
In a real pinch, don't overlook last night's leftovers. You don't need to limit yourself to traditional breakfast foods; a portion of a casserole or even a slice of pizza (made with whole-wheat crust, low-fat cheese, and veggies) can make a good, quick breakfast. Eating a balanced breakfast, with whatever foods you choose, is the best way to jump-start your day and stay satisfied until lunch.