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PENS Topics : Breakfast Blast-off
Breakfast is a meal which is often skipped. Most common reasons for missing breakfast include a desire to restrict calories, time constraints, or a dislike for traditional breakfast choices. Eating breakfast is necessary and can be quite exciting. This session has been designed to stress the importance of eating breakfast and to discuss creative new breakfast ideas.
To improve the nutritional knowledge of university/college students regarding the importance of breakfast and to encourage students to eat breakfast by providing new breakfast ideas.
At the end of this session participants will understand:
Suggested Background Reading for Presenters
Herbert, V. Subak-Sharpe, G. Kasdan, T. Total Nutrition : The Only Guide You'll Ever Need. New York, St. Martin's Press, 1995. Guthrie, H. Picciano, M. Human Nutrition. St.Louis, Mosby, 1995. Blast Off with Breakfast, Kellogg's. (Included)
The Importance of Eating Breakfast
Breakfast is often neglected by teenagers and young adults more often than any other age group. In fact, only 12% of the Canadian population eat a balanced breakfast in the morning. What is often overlooked is the fact that after eight to twelve hours without food, the body needs to be re-fuelled. Although this may seem like a logical fact, many people fail to act on it. Studies have found that people who skip breakfast have a lower overall intake of nutrients such as carbohydrate and protein, in addition to lower vitamin and minerals intakes such as vitamin C, calcium and iron. It is not easy to make up for a missed breakfast.
People may skip breakfast because they do not have time or they do not feel like eating early in the morning. Others may skip breakfast in order to save calories in an attempt to lose weight. The problem with this mind set is that most people who skip breakfast, will usually make up for the omitted calories by turning to a high calorie mid morning snack or through larger proportions at meals later in the day. In reality this may actually lead to a weight gain rather than a weight loss. Eating breakfast is one of the best ways to take in nutrient rich foods that will provide sufficient energy to begin the day.
What to Eat for Breakfast
For most people, breakfast means cereal, milk, juice or fruit, toast and/or eggs. about two or three times per week. In reality, breakfast may include a variety of alternative food items and does not have to be boring. It is only limited by imagination. (Overhead 2)
Here are some suggestions to add variety to your first meal of the day:
There is still nothing wrong with an energy boosting bowl of breakfast cereal? Nutritious and filling, a bowl of cereal is an excellent way to work fibre into your diet. You can also add extra fibre and flavour to breakfast cereals by topping them with fresh or dried fruit. In season, add strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, sliced peaches or pears. Off season, use raisins or apricots. Toasted whole grain breads or perhaps an oat-bran or wheat bran muffin are good breakfast foods, too.
There are no rules about what makes a good breakfast. What is important, is that no matter what you choose, eating breakfast - even on the run - can give your body and your brain the energy they need to begin to carry you through the day.
(Overhead 3) [Prepare 'Crunchy Berry Yogurt', and invite participants to taste it. Have the audience volunteer their creative breakfast ideas during the taste test.]
Crunchy Berry Yogurt
1 cup Low fat yogurt, plain or vanilla
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