Nibble On This! Breakfast – The Most Important Meal of the Day!

Seasons ~ September Nibble on This
by Nan Sprouse, MSN, FNP-BC

September is Better Breakfast Month

Your mom was right…breakfast really is the most important meal of the day! Breakfast is quite literally “breaking the fast” that you have been in all night. During the night your body is using up a large portion of your stored carbohydrates. Once morning comes, you need to refuel and replenish that storage to provide energy for the day. Without starting your day with a plentiful breakfast, your body will go into starvation mode and start breaking down your muscles for fuel. If weight control is your concern, this is the last thing you want to do.

Make sure you include a protein, fat and carbohydrate at each breakfast. Try this smoothie for a quick and easy start to your day.

Strawberry Banana Bonanza


4 fresh strawberries

½ medium banana

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp honey

4 cubes of ice

¼ cup milk

3 tbsp plain yogurt


Combine yogurt, ice and milk in a blender and blend until smooth. Next, add strawberries and banana and blend until smooth. Add vanilla and honey and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Nan Sprouse, MSN, FNP-BC, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Carson Newman College. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner with specific research in women’s health. Nan is working toward a fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.

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