Nutri-Breakfast!

Editor's Note: This is a contribution by Krista Haynes, R.D.

Nearly 4 out of 10 adults under the age of 55 skip breakfast. Surprising, isn’t it – especially for a culture that seems built on breakfast foods like cereal, pancakes, and breakfast chains like Denny’s and IHOP? You’d expect us to make eating the first priority of the day. Yet many of us don’t, and among those who do eat, half of them inhale their food while rushing to meet the day.

Who has the time nowadays to cook eggs, bacon, and toast? Problem is, skipping breakfast, or even scarfing down an inadequate one, sets you up for cravings, followed by a blood sugar roller coaster ride for the rest of the day. And your traditional eggs and bacon – sorry to say, just doesn’t cut it.
Say hello to the new fast food. Blasting can certainly hit your wallet hard, but spending a few extra dollars on nutritious NutriBlast ingredients could also save your health. Comparing the cost and benefits of consuming a NutriBlast versus eating traditional foods for breakfast every morning is like comparing apples to oranges (or kale to McGriddles!) Wouldn’t you spend a bit more money on a meal that will keep you satisfied and is filled with vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytonutrients and deliciousness? In addition, building a NutriBlast is considerably faster than anything you whip up on a stove.
 
According to an ABC News poll, What Americans Eat for Breakfast, these are the top breakfast choices by Americans:
 
1)   Cold Cereal – The top choice by 31% of breakfast eaters is cold cereal. Of all the brands, Cheerios beats out the rest of the competition by a wide margin. More women (35%) choose this start to the day than men (27%). Another interesting tid-bit is that cold cereal is more popular in the Northeast (39%) and less popular in the South (25%). Maybe it’s all those Wall Street folks trying to get in a quick bite before catching the subway!
 
2)   Eggs and bacon (or ham) – Coming in second, we have the traditional American heart-stopper. Two out of 10 breakfast eaters spend time whipping up their eggs and bacon. Men (15%), most likely from the South (30%), favor this plate full of protein versus women (6%).
 
3)   Bagels, toast, muffins, or pastries comes in at number three. Just over 1 in 10 early risers choose this continental-style breakfast. New York-style bagels didn’t get their name out of the blue; 11% of Northeasterners eat bagels, more than anywhere else in the country.
 
Runners up: Oatmeal in the North and grits in the South
All that sodium is making me thirsty… What’s to drink? Coffee and orange juice (aka OJ) are the beverages of choice by most Americans when sitting down to their early morning meal. Let’s put it all together and see what it’ll cost you…
 
Quick Cold Cereal
1.5 cups Cheerios ($0.58)
1-8oz cup 2% milk ($0.23)
1-8oz glass orange juice ($0.60)
1 sliced banana ($0.19)
Total: $1.60
 
Southern Style
3 scrambled eggs ($1.37)
2 slices bacon ($1.00)
1-8oz cup coffee ($0.09)
Total: $2.46
 
Continental
1 plain bagel ($0.69)
2 Tbsp cream cheese ($0.47)
1-8oz glass orange juice ($0.60)
Total: $1.76
 
On the other side of the ring, we’ve got a cup full of healthy, whole, colorful produce, aka the NutriBlast. While it may cost a bit more than cereal or a bagel, it’s on par with the cost of some bacon and eggs. In addition, think of all the money it will save you down the road if your health declines. Americans are spending more and more money on prescription medications for diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, pain, digestive disorders, antidepressants, etc. According to IMS Health, we spent more than $307 billion on medication in 2010.
 
Vita-Berry Blast (from Stage 1 of the Transformation Plan)
1 cup baby spinach ($0.43)
½ cup frozen blueberries ($1.00)
1 cup strawberries ($0.83)
1 banana ($0.19)
Water (Free!)
Total: $2.45
 
Fountain of Youth (from Stage 2 of the Transformation Plan)
1 cup spinach ($0.43)
½ cup red grapes ($0.43)
½ cup raspberries ($0.94)
10 almonds ($0.18)
1 tsp maca powder ($0.26)
Water (Free!)
Total: $2.24
 
Swiss Mix (from Stage 3 of the Transformation Plan)
1 cup Swiss Chard ($0.62)
½ banana ($0.10)
1 cup frozen raspberries ($1.88)
10 almonds ($0.18)
1 Tbsp cacao powder ($0.53)
Water (Free!)
Total: $3.31
 
So, what does the few extra pennies get you?  Check out the nutritional profiles below. NutriBlasts contain more of the good stuff and less of the bad. They are higher in fiber and lower in calories, fat (including saturated fat), sodium, cholesterol, and carbohydrates (carbs are only higher compared to eggs and bacon). NutriBlasts are unprocessed, unrefined, and contain far more antioxidants than the typical fare.
 
 
*Cost was calculated using ingredient prices from Vons supermarket (plus Vons online) and McDonald’s in Santa Monica, California on October 16, 2012. Maca and cacao prices were calculated from Essential Living Foods.
 
Do you prefers to order your breakfast through a window?
 
A McDonald’s Egg McMuffin (300 calories) is $2.99 or you can make it a meal with orange juice and a hashbrown (600 calories) for $4.49.  I won’t even go further about the nutritional value…
 
Have I convinced you yet?  If not, just give it a taste and let your body do the talking!
 
-Krista Haynes, R. D.
 
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