27 Jul Have You Tried These 6 Breakfast Hacks?
By Toby Amidor, MS, RD
This post was created in partnership with Dannon Light & Fit. I have been compensated for my time commitment. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.
As a working mother of three kids, I need to make sure to have a quick and healthy breakfast every morning. I typically turn to yogurt for breakfast to help make my busy mornings less stressful. Sometimes I like to eat it right from the cup, and other times I’ll get a little fancier with my yogurt hack. And I’m not the only one! I love swapping breakfast hacks with fellow registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs), and you’ll find 4 RDNs’ #BreakfastHacks below.
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends increasing your intake of nutrient-dense foods, including fat-free or low-fat dairy products, like yogurt. Yogurt is nutrient dense and many yogurts are a good source of protein, calcium and vitamin D. Greek yogurts typically contain more protein than regular yogurts.
A well-balanced breakfast doesn’t have to be boring. Luckily, Dannon Light & Fit has better-for-you options that also fit your active lifestyle.
My Breakfast Hack
My preference is Dannon Light & Fit Original Greek Nonfat Yogurt with 80 calories and 12 grams of protein per 5.3 oz. Although my simple breakfast hack is to add leftover fruit into the cup (like the grapes below), I also love cutting up pieces of whole grain waffles to either spoon out or dip into the yogurt.
Heather’s Smoothie Bowl Hack
Heather Mangieri, registered dietitian and author of Fueling Young Athletes shares simple meals to fuel busy lifestyles on her blog. Her number one breakfast hack is to make a nutrient and protein-packed smoothie bowl as a part of her breakfast with fruit and whole grains. “I top ¾ cup of Greek yogurt with lots of frozen berries, then let it sit while I get ready for work. Once the berries are defrosted, I stir the juices into the yogurt, and then top with crushed walnuts. The sweet and sour flavors mixed with the smooth and crunchy texture make a great nutrient dense breakfast that I can take with me on the go.”
Stephanie’s Bark Hack
Stephanie Middleberg, RD founder of Middleberg Nutrition and author of the bestseller books, The Big Book of Organic Baby Food and The Big Book of Organic Toddler Food loves making bark with yogurt. “It’s such an easy snack or fun breakfast for the family. I mix yogurt, honey and vanilla extract in a small bowl. Pour the yogurt mixtures into a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and then sprinkle with berries and/or pumpkin seeds, and then freeze for at least 4 hours. Once frozen, break the bark into pieces, and then transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer.”
Karman’s Breakfast Bar Hack
Karman Meyer, RD and recipe creator at TheNutritionAdventure.com likes to help cut calories and add protein. “I like to use Greek yogurt in baked goods like these Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars. This recipe is great to make on the weekend so you have a quick, nutritious breakfast to take on-the-go.”
Dana’s Smoothie Pack Hack
Registered dietitian and certified athletic trainer Dana Angelo White hates wasting food and loves to save time! Make-ahead smoothie packs are Dana’s answer to quick breakfasts, plus they’re a terrific way to reduce waste in the kitchen. When a bunch of bananas are getting too ripe or that container of yogurt is about to expire, she measures out and tosses ingredients into freezer safe bags. When she needs a quick option as a part of her breakfast with fruit and whole grains; you just add liquid and blend.