Smart Ways to Start the Day

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - Sep 20, 2012) - (Family Features) Mornings can be one of the most hectic parts of the day for busy parents. While trying to get the kids dressed, fed and ready-to-go during the morning crunch, it's easy to skimp on the little things that keep you at your best and ready for the rest of the day. Heinz Nutritionist Carla Addison shares a few easy tips to get the day started right and keep you feeling your best throughout the day -- even on the busiest of mornings.

Plan it Out. A good day starts with a good plan. Think about what you'll eat not only for breakfast, but also throughout the day before hunger strikes. This way, you're less likely to indulge and more likely to make smart choices. Also, be sure to plan healthy snacks for in between meal times. You'll feel prepared and ready to take on the day with confidence.

Variety is the Spice of Life. By incorporating a variety of foods, you can break free from the same old cold cereal routine and also get the nutrients you need for the day. Fresh fruit on top of hot oatmeal or a quick fruit smoothie make tasty, yet healthful options. Also, Weight Watchers Smart Ones offers a variety of warm breakfast options, such as the Three Cheese Omelet that can be prepared in the microwave in just a few minutes.

Fresh Fruit is Your Friend. Always leave a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter so you never walk out of the door hungry -- even if you're in a big rush. Keep the fruit bowl at eye level so that it's in sight and top of mind for everyone. For those extra hectic mornings when you don't have time to sit down and eat, bananas, peaches, oranges and apples make great on-the-go options.

Start the Day with Protein. Lean meats are a great source of protein to fuel your day. If you're looking for quick, convenient options, try Smart Ones English Muffin Sandwich with Turkey Sausage, which has 14g of protein, or the Smart Ones Pancakes with Turkey Sausage, which has 11g of protein. Other high protein options include whole grain breads with nut butters, cheese or hummus. Also, a side of cottage cheese or a hard-boiled egg offers a protein boost to any breakfast.

Write in a food journal. A food journal is a great way to identify the healthy choices that you're making and recognize the food habits that you might need to change. Start the day with a few minutes of documentation, whether that's writing down your snacks from the day before, a grocery list or a meal schedule for the coming week.

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