So, I’m writing this post from the calm quiet of the Health Sciences Library, killing a bit of time before my Public Health Nutrition Class. As always on these days, I brought breakfast from home: nonfat Greek yogurt, a little granola for crunch, and a banana. As the title of this post says, I try not to judge, but it drives me a little crazy on these early mornings, as I stop for a drip coffee at the little to-go place in my section of this behemoth building, that I always see at least one student wearing scrubs (Nursing student? Medical student?) buying a huge glazed doughnut. Do you know how badly I want to say “That’s not breakfast…that’s dessert”? But I keep my mouth shut, and let my typing fingers do the talking.
And may I just say that it’s super crazy that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) doesn’t want to reimburse Registered Dietitians for obesity and weight management counseling? No, they plan to restrict reimbursement to doctors, nurses and physician assistants, who receive about three nanoseconds of nutrition training. Which might explain the doughnuts for breakfast thing.
OK, stepping off my soapbox now. I know a lot of people get in the habit, or rut, of grabbing doughnuts or other pastries for breakfast, especially if you are grabbing the first meal of the day on the run. Sure, these treats can be delicious, but they’re loaded with fat and sugar, which is why they should be treats. I myself love an occasional Top Pot doughnut or a Jammer from Grand Central Bakery, because they are among the finest specimens in that “food” category, but I have them maybe four or five times a year, max.
So here I pass along to you some ideas for healthier breakfast choices from The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- Eliminate doughnuts in favor of whole-grain waffles and reduced-sugar syrup.
- Instead of regular bacon, opt for turkey bacon or Canadian bacon.
- Cut white toast in favor of whole-wheat or whole grain toast, and top with reduced-fat peanut butter.
- Skip sugary cereals in favor of whole-grain, low sugar cereals topped with berries.
Enjoy, and be healthy.