Fuel Your Mornings: Quick Healthy Breakfast
Did you know that 77% of Americans are vitamin D deficient? That’s a problem because it’s known to prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. Athletes, especially indoor athletes who don’t get a lot of sunlight, need this crucial vitamin to prevent stress fractures and to optimize bone health.
The recommended amount of vitamin D varies by organization and you can read more about it here, from the Vitamin D Council.
While sunlight exposure is the best source of vitamin D, you can get some through fortified foods and drinks such as milk, cereal, orange juice, and yogurt. Interestingly, not all yogurts have vitamin D but check out Stonyfield’s Smooth & Creamy Organic low-fat plain yogurt to start.
Yogurt Blackberry Bowl
Now on to the good stuff. Breakfast food. This yogurt bowl is a simple, quick healthy breakfast with creamy low-fat yogurt combined with blackberries, granola, pistachios, freeze-dried raspberries, and honey drizzle.
Add more granola and pistachios to make this an even more substantial quick healthy breakfast bowl. Or eat this to fuel your workouts. Or for post-workouts. Anytime, really.
- Low-fat yogurt
- Fresh or thawed frozen blackberries (also good for smoothies)
- Granola, store-bought or homemade
- Pistachios, shelled
- Freeze dried raspberries, crumbled
- Honey, for drizzling
Combine in a bowl (or in a mason jar for a to-go, travel-friendly option) and enjoy!
What do you eat for your quick healthy breakfast? Leave a comment below!
Chen TC, Chimeh F, Lu Z, et al. Factors that Influence the Cutaneous Synthesis and Dietary Sources of Vitamin D. Archives of biochemistry and biophysics. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc2698590/. Published 2007. Accessed August 11, 2016.
Ogan, D., & Pritchett, K. (2013). Vitamin D and the Athlete: Risks, Recommendations, and Benefits. Retrieved August 11, 2016, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3725481/#B24-nutrients-05-01856