Squeeze in Breakfast

by Jennifer Donovan

New Habits in the New YearFloridajuice.com is trying to help people dismiss breakfast excuses and squeeze in breakfast each day. They have a few contests in which you might be interested:

Stay Well, Play Well Getaway to Florida: Entrants should submit a 300 word essay or less explaining their secret to good health and why they deserve an all-expense paid trip for four to Florida this winter. Essays must be submitted by Sunday January 6, 2008 on www.floridajuice.com/getaway.

By taking a survey about their website between now and the end of January, you can also enter to win a year’s supply of 100% Florida Orange juice.

Nutritionist Elizabeth Ward addresses some common excuses and offers some simple solutions:

1. Excuse: “I don’t have enough time.”

Solution: No matter your lifestyle, mornings are often the most hectic time of the day. But there are easy ways you can squeeze in a nutritious meal every morning.

· Shop for healthy breakfast foods like whole grain breads and cereals, low-fat yogurt and orange juice. Having these items on hand makes a morning meal easier to assemble.

· In a rush? Bring breakfast in the car and grab a bottle or fill up your favorite insulated to-go cup with 100 percent orange juice for a natural source of vitamins and minerals. Just one serving is more nutrient dense than many commonly consumed fruit juice.

· Save time by preparing the evening before. Don’t just pack lunch, pack breakfast as well.

2. Excuse: “I don’t like to eat first thing when I wake up.”

Solution: If you like to hit the snooze a few times every morning, breakfast may be the last thing on your mind Remember you do not have to eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up. A healthy meal fuels the mind and body so just squeeze in a snack before lunchtime. Stock your kitchen or office with healthy, convenient foods and 100 percent orange juice.

3. Excuse: “I can’t spare the calories.”

Solution: Eating more may actually help you weigh less. A study from the University of Nottingham found that women consumed about 100 fewer daily calories when they ate breakfast. To make breakfast beneficial, choose healthy options that help you increase your servings of vegetables and fruits. For example, just a glass of 100 percent orange juice provides almost 25 percent of the daily USDA recommended serving of fruits and vegetables adn is more nutrient dense than many common fruit juices.

4. Excuse: “I don’t like traditional breakfast foods.”

Solution: Pancakes, eggs and bacon not tempting your taste buds or your hectic schedule? Non-traditional breakfasts and even last night’s leftovers like chicken pack the nutrients you need to get your day started right. Or grab a dinner roll from last night and spread it with peanut butter. Getting fuel in the morning is important as research shows eating breakfast every day contributes to increased attention and performance at work and school.


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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 jennifer January 4, 2008 at 9:44 am

Great ideas.


2 Adventures In Babywearing January 4, 2008 at 10:22 am

Oh wow- the amount of OJ we go through in this house….!!



3 Lisa - The Scrap Princess January 4, 2008 at 11:07 am

I am so bad about eating breakfast – due to most of these excuses lol. This is one of my resolutions ;)


4 Stephanie January 4, 2008 at 11:29 am

Thanks for the fantastic tips! This was a very useful article! Fortunately, I’m a juice “nut” so we always have OJ in the house…


5 Anne January 5, 2008 at 10:51 am

Really excellent tips, thanks, in our society we seem to forget breakfast.


6 Melanie January 5, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Great tips.


7 Beth January 5, 2008 at 3:43 pm

I do need this !


8 Jamie January 7, 2008 at 12:05 am

Great tips :-)


9 Colleen Palat January 14, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Great ideas. I love OJ!


10 recipes January 19, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Great way to start the day!


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