July 22, 2020
by Hy-Vee Dietitian

Balanced Breakfast

A balanced breakfast includes a variety of our five food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy. We get different nutrients from each food group. We cannot get all the nutrients our bodies need by eating one food group, so it is important we consume a balance of all five!

GOAL: Try to have at least three food groups represented at breakfast and one of those three food groups should be a fruit or a vegetable!

It is also important for us to eat breakfast each morning! By eating a balanced breakfast after we wake up we are giving our bodies the energy to start the day. Have you ever noticed that, on the days you’ve skipped breakfast, you have a difficult time paying attention in school or performing well on the field? Our bodies are like a well-oiled machine; without any fuel we don’t run right! So be sure to eat breakfast each morning for the proper fuel for your body and because it tastes great!

A favorite of many Americans is a classic cereal breakfast and why not? It’s simple, it’s quick, and it’s delicious! The only issue is we typically only have two food groups when we eat our cereal with milk. So, sometimes it takes a little creativity to get our goal of at least three food groups at meals. Check out our tips for building a balanced breakfast with cereal below!

Here’s How You Do It:

  1. Cereal = Grain

Your breakfast cereal will count as your grain so that covers food group number one!

  1. Milk = Dairy

Pairing your breakfast cereal with milk is not only delicious but a great way to check off a second food group!

  1. This one is up to you!

Check out our suggestion on how you can incorporate a third food group into your breakfast below! (ingredients shown below, not accurate portion sizes)

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