Squeezing in Breakfast II


Following our first installment, here’s part II of our series with nutrition expert Elizabeth Ward, featuring tips and menu ideas to help parents squeeze in breakfast:

“Half the battle of eating a nutritious breakfast is having healthy ingredients on hand. Make breakfast a snap by stocking your kitchen with healthy, convenient ingredients for the morning meal. For balance, incorporate choices from three of the five food groups below. Shop on a regular basis for healthy, convenient foods such as these:

  • Whole grain cereal
  • Whole grain bread
  • Oatmeal
  • Popcorn


  • Broccoli
  • Salsa
  • Avocado
  • Asparagus


  • Banana
  • Apples
  • 100% orange juice
  • Dried fruit
  • Pear


  • Milk
  • Low-fat yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Low-fat cottage cheese


  • Eggs
  • Tofu
  • Chicken

    Menu Ideas

  • Omelet with cheese and asparagus or broccoli; 8 ounces 100% orange juice
  • Turkey and cheese wrap on a whole wheat tortilla, piece of fruit or a glass of 100% fruit juice.
  • French toast with sliced strawberries
  • Breakfast Parfait: Layer low-fat vanilla yogurt with fresh or frozen chopped fruit or berries and whole grain cereal (Also fun to do in an ice cream cone for kids) with 8 ounces 100% orange juice”

    Photo credit: FloridaJuice.com