You Go Yogurt!
Want a breakfast that's quick, easy, delicious, nutritious - and can actually improve your health? That would be yogurt, if you choose the right kind.
Yogurt spoons up great health in lots of ways. For one thing, the balance of carbs and protein is satisfying and helps maintain a steady flow of energy. It's high in calcium, delicious mixed with fruit, and yogurt with what's called "live cultures" contains probiotics, helpful for digestion and immunity.
What to look for:
- Serving size - six or eight ounces
- 200 calories or under
- Six or more grams of protein
- Four grams of fat or less
- 30 grams of sugar or less (be aware that even plain yogurt contains about 12 grams of sugar)
- Contains enough calcium to meet 20% or more of your RDA
Buy brands that feature "Live & Active Cultures" and - optimally - contain additional probiotics. How to tell: Look for the words "Lactobacillus (L. Acidophilus)" and/or "Bifidobacterium (B. Bifidum)" in the list of ingredients.
What about the fruit? Yes it's yummy but don't count on it to fulfill one of your daily fruit servings - it's not enough. Slice in a banana, toss in some raspberries or blueberries or stir in some applesauce for a real power breakfast!