September is National Breakfast Month
...and September 26 is recognized as Better Breakfast Day in the United States. The beginnings of National Breakfast Month started during World War I when the United States government encouraged citizens to eat a better breakfast. This initiative gained momentum again during World War II, and in September 1951, the Cereal Institute promoted National Breakfast Month for the first time in history.
- Research shows that kids who eat breakfast generally have healthier weights and perform better on memory tests than those who do not.
- In the United States, breakfast is the most forgotten meal.
- Many studies have linked eating a nutritious breakfast to having an easier time maintaining a healthy weight.
- To get the most vitamins and minerals in the morning, the Mayo Clinic recommends eating a breakfast made up of either whole grains, lean protein, or fruits and vegetables.
Unfortunately, even though many think of breakfast as “the most important meal of the day”, many Americans end up forgoing it; due to a lack of time. Overnight Oats are a quick and easy solution to those who do not have the time to make breakfast in the mornings before school or work. The best part about them (aside from being delicious) is that you can make them days in advance, so feel free to make a bunch on Sunday to get you through the week!
Quick Overnight Oats Recipe
Liquid (Water, low fat milk, almond or soy milk, etc.)
Mix-ins: Blueberries, bananas, peanut butter, vanilla extract, jam… anything really!
- Pour an even amount of oats to liquid ratio into a bowl or jar.
- Add your favorite mix-ins.
- Refrigerate overnight.