All through March, dietitians nationwide touted the merits of healthy eating as they observed National Nutrition Month. Good for them! Yet we all know that a focus on healthy eating is important each and every day.

What would it mean for you to “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle?’ For Adam Burda, a dietitian in West Virginia, it’s this:

“The best way to bite into a healthier lifestyle is through balance. Whether it’s balancing your caloric intake, balancing your physical activity, balancing your stress level or balancing your personal life, proper health requires a continual, multifactorial approach. Starting your day out with a balanced, nutrient dense meal, is the best way to ensure you are taking a balanced bite out of the day ahead of you.”

In the spirit of starting the day off right, here are some quick and healthy breakfast ideas from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Pick 2-3 foods, including at least one from each of the following food groups:School lunch
    -bread and grain (cereal, toast, muffin)
    -milk and milk product (low-fat yogurt, low-fat milk)
    -fruit or vegetable group (bananas, apples, carrots)
  • Pick up portable breakfast items when at the grocery store. You should buy foods like fruit, low-fat yogurt, whole grain breakfast bars, or granola bars for those mornings when you have to eat breakfast on the go.
  • Make an omelette! You can shorten preparation time by chopping up your vegetables ahead of time.
  • Plan ahead to eat breakfast.  This means you should decide what you are going to eat for breakfast before the next morning.   You can save time by putting out the box of cereal or cutting up some fruit the night before.