They say it’s the most important meal of the day, but 3 or 4 days out of the week I found myself forgetting to have it. And the results are inevitable and regrettable – I hit the ground running and get so busy working that I forget to eat, and then around 10:30 my stomach feels achingly empty. I wind up light headed and unproductive, and then I wind up stuffing my face with something unhealthy just to fuel my body ASAP. Then comes the inevitable afternoon crash and burn. Not having breakfast can then affect my whole day.

All of which could have been avoided if I’d just woken up and had breakfast like a normal human being. It doesn’t even have to be a big production of a breakfast either, just a cup of tea and a smoothie (you know I love them!), or a bowl of hot or cold cereal and some fruit is enough to give me the mental and physical stamina to face the day like a champion.

The fact is, the phrase “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is more than a marketing motto or something you’d hear on Sesame Street. It’s based in fact and research. For the past decade, researchers have been conducting a study that followed the eating habits of teen girls. It was discovered that girls who ate breakfast were more likely to have healthier weights and had lower total cholesterol. And among African-American girls – ages 14 to 17 years old, 38% skip breakfast on any given day.
The folks at General Mills have begun an initiative to increase awareness and appreciation for the importance of eating breakfast every day, and to support girls who could genuinely use it.

If you join me and take the I <3 BKFST pledge on Facebook, you’ll be making a statement for yourself, and for every I <3 BKFST pledge, General Mills will donate $0.25 to Grace House, a foster home for girls in Birmingham, up to $10,000, with a minimum pledge of $5,000. The money will be used to help Grace House purchase groceries for the girls’ breakfast. Now doesn't that make breakfast sound even MORE delicious? This is the first you're hearing about the I <3 BKFST initiative here, but you'll be hearing a lot more about it in the weeks to come - keep your eyes peeled for truly INCREDIBLE giveaways including some of General Mills most popular brands, and a whole lot more in time for the holidays! Keep reading, and don't forget to take the I <3 BKFST pledge on Facebook to support the girls of Grace House.

And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna have a bowl of cereal and some fruit and set this Monday morning off right!
What’s your favorite thing for breakfast, bellas?

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Moni says:
November 29, 2010, 10:59 am
Just took the pledge. My favorite breakfast on the go is quiche cups. I start with a recipe like this ( then add whatever veggies, protein and low fat cheese I have on hand. The last time I made them with spinach, onion, mushroom, turkey bacon and low fat cheddar. They're so easy to grab and eat on the go and are delicious and really good for you. They also freeze well. I just add an apple or granola bar and I'm good to go!
warrior11209 says:
November 29, 2010, 7:52 pm
I am getting ready to take the pledge. My favorite breakfast is a whole wheat english muffin, 1 teaspoon of almond butter and a half cup of fat free greek yogurt and a cup of oj. I am a winner with this one- protein, some good fat from the almond butter and the satiety level is high!!! Looks like I may have to try Moni's quiche cups- sounds good also
Aisak says:
January 3, 2011, 8:36 pm
I make my own kefir and blend it with berries. It is outrageously good for you and fills me up before my boyfriend tries to stuff me with daily doses of bacon and donuts.
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