What did you eat for breakfast this morning? A bagel and cream cheese, a bowl of cereal or maybe a granola bar grabbed while running out the door to work? While they’re sweet (hello, jelly donut) or sometimes savory (looking at you, bacon, egg and cheese), traditional American breakfasts tend to be a bit anemic when it comes to nutrition. To say that we can do better is an understatement.
“A typical bowl of cereal, while not terrible, is low on protein and high on carbs,” says Becky Ramsing, RD, senior program officer at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. “Protein and fiber are important in the morning.”