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What’s for Breakfast?

Welcome to WTOP's breakfast blog. Each week health reporter Paula Wolfson will explore the ins and outs, the dos and don'ts of breakfast.

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Low fat or no fat? All smoothies are healthy, right? Wait, I can't eat sausage anymore? Breakfast is complicated.
Join us as we tackle all your breakfast questions and help you navigate the many hidden pitfalls of the most important meal of the day.

Share what lands on your plate or in your bowl and our panel of local nutrition experts will analyze your choices and offer healthier, quick, even easy, alternatives. 

Just click on "Make a Comment" below to ask a question or post a comment. Leave a message on the WTOP Talkback line at 844-282-1035 or send us an email to talkback@wtop.com.

Let’s dig in!
  • May 30, 2016 
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    Weighing in on skinny cows (Why a little fat in your dairy could be a good thing)


    A lot of us have been "drinking the Kool-Aid" when it comes to nonfat dairy.

    Nonfat dairy isn't going to hurt you, and for some people who are very sensitive to animal fats, nonfat may well be the way to go. But there is now some evidence that low-fat could be better for many people.

    There are a couple reasons why, and it seems every time I talk to a nutritionist or a doctor about it, I get a slightly different take. All are food for thought (excuse the pun).

    My dietitian pal Lauren Trocchio says 1 percent milk or 2 percent milk is just fine. "A little bit of fat at meals does help with being satisfied and full," she says. She adds there is nothing wrong with going the reduced-fat route instead of skim milk.

    And then there is all that other stuff food companies put in things such as nonfat yogurt to make up for the fat they are taking out.

    I had this conversation about it with my doctor (yes, I know: How many patients actually have a chance to sit down and discuss the pros and cons of nonfat yogurt with their primary care doctor? But then again, not everybody is lucky enough to have Will Kimbrough as their medical gatekeeper.)

    So anyway, Will is a devote of low-fat yogurt in the morning. He believes "we have swung too far in the nonfat direction in the past few years."     

    He says he really doesn't care for all those starches and carbohydrates companies add to nonfat food to give it a better "mouth feel" so it tastes more like, well, full fat. He'll opt for fewer additives in his food any day.

    I, for one, am a bit more concerned about the sugar content in the Greek yogurt I pick up for breakfast than the fat.  

    Usually, I opt for the plain stuff, lightly sweeten it myself and just plop it on a bowl of fruit. Calcium ... vitamins ... a tad of fat ... and a lot of yumminess in one bowl. But that's just me.

    Mailbag checkup 

    I've been checking your comments on the blog, and it seems I was right when I said the debate about bacon is intense.    

    Hewitt Rose sides with those who say"'no bacon, no way," and feels even the 80/20 theory of eating is too lax. Yep, it does take discipline. But for people who don't want to give up their favorite foods, relegating items with limited nutritional value to "treat" status could be a realistic way to go.

    On the other side, we heard from someone who identified himself or herself as "Just Me" who sees nothing wrong with the traditional bacon and eggs breakfast and wonders if all our modern-day allergies are the result of eschewing foods that our ancestors thought were just fine.

    Keep sharing your comments. I'll be off next week and I want to find out what you REALLY want to know about the morning meal. Is Hewett right? Or is "Just Me" on to something (see their full comments just below last week's blog).

    In the meantime, here's hoping you have been enjoying the first weekend of summer. And don't forget -- this Memorial Day, let us honor those who made the supreme sacrifice and remember all the men and women who have served our country.

    Thanks, Dad! I love ya to infinity and beyond!
  • The low fat craze was another example of group think gone toxic. Fats make you feel satisfied. Sugar is addicting and you want more and more.
  • How about reading Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes?
    THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH FAT!!!!!
    Its a complete myth.
  • May 23, 2016
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    A 20 percenter: bacon 

    Last week, it was eggs; this week, we add on the bacon.

    The mailbag shows some folks remain concerned about the cholesterol in eggs. If you are worried that they might contribute to your own LDL levels, talk it out with a doctor or a nutritionist you trust. And remember, as with anything in your diet, the key is moderation.

    That is certainly the case when it comes to processed meats -- and my guess is the science on that may generate even more passions than the various studies done on eggs.

    Remember all that fuss last year when the World Health Organization classified bacon, hot dogs and the like as carcinogens? Well, the WHO eventually backtracked just a bit, saying processed meats may not be as risky as, say, cigarettes.

    My guess is the whole "bacon-gate" affair did not change a lot of minds. Those who shied away from the stuff before -- like me -- still do. Those who can't get enough -- like my brother, the chef -- are still indulging.

    My pal Lauren Trocchio -- the dietitian who is my unofficial "food guru" for this blog --  says that a couple of strips of bacon at Sunday brunch won't kill you.

    She subscribes to the 80-20 school of healthy eating: Eat the good-for-you stuff 80 percent of the time, and foods you enjoy that have few, if any, nutritional benefits the other 20.

    Lauren says bacon is definitely a 20 percenter.

    "We can build it in on occasion. But it is not the most balanced food," she says. "It is much higher in fat than in protein."

    So if you salivate at the thought of  bacon -- yes, I am talking about you, big bro, and all your Facebook posts of bacon recipes -- have it as a treat every once in a while.

    As for me --well, call me crazy but I would rather have a bowl of fresh, thick plain Greek yogurt, some spring blueberries and a drizzle of honey.

    That morning yogurt will be the focus of next week's blog. Which is best? Full-fat or skim?
  • There is no physiological reason for eating 80% healthy and 20% unhealthy. There only possible reason for such a rule is psychological. It is a helper rule for dieting instead of a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. As most of us know, dieting is a war that cannot be won. 20% becomes 25% becomes 45% until you get disgusted and then cycle back creating a dieting yo yo.

    But all of this goes to someone who is concerned about their health. If you are eating bacon, then you don't care about a healthy lifestyle or diet. Eating highly processed meat stuffed with nitrates, fat, and salt is not good for you. Duh. Yet you eat it anyhow. Recognize the choice you have made.
  • I don't trust a person who refuses to eat bacon. 'Nuff said. Now, Bacon, Eggs, Fruit, and Toast used to be part of a typical breakfast before people started trying to 'optimize their health'. There's nothing wrong with taking care of yourself, however, did you notice how many people suddenly find themselves allergic to foods their parents and grandparents were able to consume ? How focusing on 1 specific set of allergens have reduced people's tolerance for others ? And you wonder why we are a nation of 'Better living through chemestry' ...
  • May 16, 2016

     
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    Let's talk about eggs
     
    WASHINGTON — Remember the ads about "the incredible edible egg?"

    Well, truth be told, eggs got a bad rap for a while — ergo, that big PR campaign. But it seems that, like a lot of foods, eggs are just fine in moderation (unless, of course, you are a vegan or have an egg allergy).

    "Eggs have been vilified over the years," said dietitian Lauren Trocchio.

    She says we know now that the saturated fat in our food is the bigger villain. And eggs — even though they do have cholesterol in them — aren't  as risky.

    The bottom line is, be they served as an omelet, hard-boiled or scrambled, a couple of eggs a week are just fine for most of us.   

    One of my favorite ways to make eggs fast is "egg in a mug" with veggies that, yes, I microwave. Check out the recipe on hungry-girl.com. No pans to wash, pure protein and I am out the door in a flash.

    A couple of people have posted that they just grab a hard boiled egg or two in the morning. Lauren says to make sure your breakfast is balanced by adding on fruit, veggies or maybe some whole-wheat toast. Think fiber, and remember each egg only has 6 grams of protein.

    Mailbag

    Now, off to the mailbag.

    I've been away from the blog for a couple weeks — put that in the category of "stuff happens" -- and it's time to catch up with your postings and questions.

    arb Butler wants to know whether there is any way to get around using bananas and spinach in smoothies. I checked in with Lauren — aka The Smoothie Guru — and she provides the following advice: 

    "Typically, spinach and kale are considered the go-to greens for adding to a smoothie. They can really be mixed with any fruit (frozen or fresh). But one of my favorites is frozen cherries with greens and a bit of cocoa powder (and a protein choice, of course). Depending on flavor preference, she could also start venturing into using celery or carrots with things like apple, ginger, turmeric and honey.  Although it doesn't have greens, another delicious tropical option is pineapple, a splash of OJ, Greek yogurt and some shredded coconut."

    I hope that helps, Barb. I am really into frozen cherries right now and never even thought about using them in a smoothie!

    We also heard from Kate, who is mixing different types of cereal for her 10-year-old's breakfast so there is less of the sugary stuff in the bowl. That is a smart way to go. And for all of us, it is a good idea to check the label on a box or bag of cereal to check the sugar content. Some cereals you think might be healthy are actually loaded with sugar.

    And then there is Joey, who said he sometimes has a couple boiled eggs for breakfast, or maybe one of those prepared "lite" breakfast sandwiches available in the frozen food aisle of your local supermarket. 

    Joey, it is very possible to eat light and eat balanced — try adding some fruit or veggies if you can, maybe a few carbs.

    And again, it's a good idea to check the labels on any processed food: A lot of this prepared stuff is sky-high in sodium.

    So what do we focus on next week? How about bacon? The World Health Organization gives it a thumbs-down, but what do you think? 

  • There is no scientific evidence that eating *any type* of cholesterol can impact your blood serum cholesterol. In fact, one way to reduce blood serum cholesterol is to eat a low carbohydrate diet (though most people find this difficult to maintain for more than a few month or years).
    Now research into the gastrointestinal microbiome has identified a microbe that can produce toxic compounds from eggs. So it is entirely possible that an unbalanced microbiome can reduce the general nutritional value of eggs. We are still early in the process of identifying microbiome based issues and fixing them.
  • Error in the side of caution when it comes to eggs. The egg industry often tries to put out information to try to refute the science. Do your own research and don't rely on blogs for your information. I can write a blog and say what I want but it does not make it true, no matter how famous of a blogger I am. Be your best advocate for your health and put in the time. Your health is worth it.
    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

    Possible cancer risk - proceed with caution
    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

    I also recommend this book by Dr. Essylsten M.D. from the Cleveland Clinic. His book reversed a manager at my companies heart disease. After following the diet for 8 weeks when he went for surgery they looked through his artery with a camera they found the blockage gone. The artery was blocked 75 percent before the 8 weeks.

    www.dresselstyn.com
  • Paula,
    I love eggs but my cholesterol level does not, I which we could find out the real truth about eggs, I have read many articles that eggs are OK, according to the AMA its a type of cholesterol that does not enter the blood stream like trans fat and other bad cholesterol so eat up, my Dr. disagrees. So what is the real truth about eggs? Thanks Bob K.
  • May 2, 2016

    Battle of the bowl: How to wean your kids off the sugar-Os 
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    WASHINGTON - Those of us of a certain age grew up with a little kid named Mikey. He hated everything -- except a certain cereal.

    Now here's something scary:  Little Mikey is now a dad of three. And while he is still eating "the healthy stuff" he pitched on TV in the 1970s, he admits his offspring go for cereals that contain a lot more sugar (and if there are chocolate nuggets in it or a tie to a favorite cartoon, then  it’s a real winner).

    I've been there....waging the battle of the cereal boxes with my favorite kid (message to Shannon:  Donuts are not a food group).  So like many other adults, I wonder if there is any way to get them to  give up those candy-like morning concoctions for something that is, well, healthier!

    For advice, I turn to a real pro on the issue. Megan Watts is a pediatric dietitian with the Children's National Health System who advocates a realistic approach that involves weaning the kids off the bad stuff by gradually serving less and less of it.

    "It does help if we keep it around less often and if we bring in smaller amounts of some of those foods and just enough for the family to split a couple times a week," she suggests.

    And here is the crazy part:  Megan says, yes, our taste buds do get used to less sweetness and the kids will adjust.

    Which means, that the little ones won't starve if you gradually start to work in healthier choices in the morning. She says just take it easy, get the kids involved in choosing better cereal options, and work those lower-sugar and higher-fiber choices into the morning rotation one day at a time.

    What do you do to get your  kids to eat right in the morning?

    Share your battle stories right here or leave a voice message on the WTOP Talkback Line at 844-282-1035 or send us an email at talkback@wtop.com. 
  • Via WTOP Talkback
     
    I have started mixing different types of cereal, I think even stuff like honey nut cheerios has too much sugar and I will mix it with the plain stuff on a regular basis.  My 10yr has never complained.
     
    Kate
  • All I ate was a Special K breakfast sandwich this morning. Healthy Choice soup for lunch. Not big on eating big. Sometimes I'll buy a couple hard boiled eggs, but that's it.

  • Training for the Marine Corps Marathon, or any serious exercise, raises questions of when to eat. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) 


    April 25, 2016

    When should you eat when you're in training?

    So, I did this really crazy thing: After a two-year hiatus, I "won" the lottery and got into the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon.

    And as it does for most people who exercise in the morning, the burning question for me when I began training became, "eat first, or eat after?"

    My doc, Will Kimbrough, is also a runner -- he is one of those doctors who "walks the walk” when he talks about diet and exercise. So I turned to him first for a little medical advice.

    He said there are studies that show you should eat before exercise, and others that show it’s best to eat after. So Will looked me straight in the eye, leaned back a bit in his desk chair at One Medical Group, and said basically, "it's up to you.

    There is one caveat, and this is where our friendly neighborhood dietician Lauren Trocchio comes in.   

    Lauren -- who in her spare time is the nutritional guru for GW University sports -- says if you are waking up and doing a high-intensity activity for 60 minutes or more (that means a really hard workout!), you
    should have something beforehand that is more carb-based, such as an English muffin or banana with a smear of peanut butter on it.
    A little protein, some carbs, and you have got it made.

    Afterwards, again, it is your choice. I, for one, can't eat immediately after a run. But after a little stretching and a lot of steam in the shower, I go for a recovery meal. Sorry, Michael Phelps; you won't see me fueling up with your training breakfast of massive amounts of eggs, bacon and pancakes -- frankly, none of us should. For me, it has got to be something a lot lighter and easier on the stomach: a simple smoothie with some protein power, and maybe some rice cakes with almond butter. For my husband, the mega-marathoner, it’s always a huge bowl of oatmeal and a big glass of juice. Yes; I am trying to get him to switch to fresh fruit. No luck.

    By the way, three of us at WTOP, of various ages and fitness levels got into this year’s Marine Corps Marathon, and we will be blogging over the summer as we ramp up our training.

    As for this blog, let's shift the conversation a bit to kids. How do you get them to eat a healthy breakfast? And should a Pop-tart ever be considered a meal?

    Share your thoughts and your questions below, or through the WTOP talkback line.  



  • April 11, 2016

    This file photo shows a strawberry banana chia breakfast smoothie. Chia seeds cram in tons of protein, fiber, healthy fats, calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus and omega fatty acids. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) 

    Tips for a healthy breakfast smoothie

    This week, we are talking smooooooooooothies.

    I love them in the summertime when the heat is on. Throw in some spinach, frozen banana and mango chunks, a little protein powder, maybe a drop of flax oil and some coconut water in the high-powered blender and let 'er rip.  

    There is nothing better after a morning run. (We will talk more about breakfast and exercise later.)

    I keep it pretty simple. Stephanie Marcus posted her recipe below, and it is a bit more complex, though packed full of vitamins, minerals, protein and all the other good stuff your body needs in the morning.

    But Stephanie: olive oil? Really? (Truth be told, I put mine in that high-powered blender with a quartered and peeled lemon or two, a bit of white balsamic vinegar and a little water. Makes a killer vinaigrette for a morning salad.)

    The bottom line, though, is you have got to be careful about smoothies. They can turn into real calorie and sugar bombs -- especially the ones that are commercially made.

    "You have to have some smoothie smarts," says dietician Lauren Trocchio.

    She says before you buy one, really read the ingredients list. If a smoothie is going to be your meal, it has got to be balanced and include protein, fat and carbohydrates -- just like the one Stephanie drinks.

    Make it at home like Stephanie and you are in control! I use protein powder; she adds Greek yogurt. But you can throw silken tofu or even cottage cheese into the blender.

    And here's a tip from Lauren, who is quite the athlete herself and a bit of a smoothie expert: Try putting a few slices of avocado in your smoothie.  It's a healthy fat that works sort of like tofu, taking on the flavor of whatever else you add and making the whole concoction smooth and creamy.  And isn't that just what you want from a smoothie, anyway? 


  • I am new to homemade smoothies. Do you have any substitution suggestions for bananas? They seem to be in most smoothie recipes but I really despise bananas. I also have trouble with the strong spinach flavor I get even when using a small amount of spinach. What is a tasteless but healthy alternative? Thanks.
  • Pound of bacon, pound of Crisco, brick of cheddar, quart of heavy cream, one organic-free-range-cage-free blueberry. People didn't spend a million years evolving to go back to eating leaves.
  • April 4, 2016

    Breakfast on the go: Breakfast bars & yogurt
    Some breakfast bars offer a big dose of sugar first thing in the morning. Choose bars that are high in protein and add some fruit or string cheese for a more substantial meal. (Thinkstock)


    WASHINGTON — Welcome to week two of the WTOP.
    com breakfast blog.

    First of all, I have got to say that you all are awesome! We got lots of great feedback — not to mention food for thought — and we look forward to answering many of your questions in future posts.

    I noticed a couple trends in your emails and comments on the blog. One trend is that a lot of you, like me, tend to grab breakfast on the run.

    Barbara Hufford told us on the talkback line that on work days she has a yogurt and a breakfast bar at the office, which is a pretty high load of sugar early in the day.

    Nutritionist Lauren Trocchio is not a fan of breakfast bars, though she says they are OK in a pinch. She says if you are going to rely on them, opt for a bar that is higher in protein, and add in a piece of fruit or some string cheese to make it more substantial.

    Barbara didn't tell us if her yogurt is sweetened or unsweetened, nonfat or regular. Some yogurts are full of added sugars, so check the labels carefully. And keep in mind that they add a lot of artificial stuff to nonfat yogurt for texture. Low-fat is actually better, especially if you opt for plain yogurt and add your own fruit.

    Another idea from Lauren, for those of us who are short on time in the morning, is to prepare your breakfast in advance. And in case you were wondering, yes, she too has an outrageously busy life with two jobs — nutritionist at the Washington Center for Weight Management and Research, and sports dietitian at The George Washington University.

    One of her favorites is crockpot oatmeal — scoop some into a container, add some milk, maybe some almonds or a few raisins, and nuke it at the office. Another, which is especially good for summer, is simply soaking oats overnight in yogurt or milk and then adding whatever fruit is handy (cut up apples are especially good).

    Next week we'll talk about another breakfast fave for those on the go: a fruit smoothie.

    Are you a smoothie fan? What do you put in yours? And don't forget, I love to hear your voice, so be sure to leave a message on the talkback line. Call 844-282-1035. 

  • @Paul That sounds divine! Perfect way to start the day.
  • On weekdays before work, I have: a sliced banana with plain, non-fat organic Greek yogurt, cacao powder and walnuts. On weekends I have time to cook, so its a kale (or other green) egg scramble with garlic, salt, pepper, and turmeric with toast and real butter. Yum.
  • frozen sweet potato crosscut slices, greenbeans and a frozen cheeze omlette purchased from the Amish market all nuked for a couple of minutes. Often with a cup of weak coffee with unsweetened almond milk and a teaspoon of flavored creamer and sweetened with stevia.
  • I like to batch cook breakfast on Sundays for the week ahead. The easiest: Prosciutto egg cups. Two ingredients, 15 minutes in the oven and I can have enough made for 6 days worth of breakfasts.
  • How soon after waking should breakfast be eaten?
  • @WTOP I always have the right balance of carbs, fat & protein in my breakfast. Ex: steel cut oats, blueberries, turkey bacon & egg whites.🍽🏆
  • A cup of red quinoa with a little butter and a sprinkle of sea salt and a clementine.
  • I have my own smoothie recipe & mix up the powder parts the night before. Liquid quantities vary: 1/3 c. coconut milk, 1/2 c. plain kefir, scoop of 2% plain Greek yogurt, tsp. olive oil. Then a small banana &/or berries. Cinnamon, tsp. Matcha powder, scoop of protein powder, Tbsp. milled chia seeds. Did I lieave anything out?!!
  • 1.5 cups of Cheerios, 1 cup blue/black/rasp berries and 1 cup almond milk
  • The challenge with breakfast is time. Like lunch, the amount of time for the meal is limited. Try preparing an omelet 5 days in advance. Yuck! Fast options like yogurt and oatmeal are common choices, but not very tasty. Would love some suggestions for items that are healthy, inexpensive, fast, and tasty.
  • Steel cut oats with raisins and coconut/almond milk.
  • Great article on breakfast, but you might note that recent medical studies show that breakfast is actually no more important than any other meal.
  • I have a container of Chobani Greek Yogurt every morning when I first get up. Then mid-morning I usually have a bowl of oatmeal; sometimes I substitute with a couple of scrambled eggs.
  • One grapefruit and a 3 egg, spinach and cheese omelet seven days a week.
  • today's breakfast was Kushary. Lentils, small elbows, rice, onions, garlic, collard greens, smoked turkey, hot peppers, and a splash of crushed tomatoes. Skipped the crispy fried onion topping, too much fat.
  • Options for restaurants as I have long commute on commuter bus with no food or drink allowed. Eat when I get to work.
  • Lemon-merengue pie
  • Via WTOP Talkback:

    A lox and cream cheese spinach wrap this morning. Usually Cheerios with fresh blueberries or red raspberries. And coffee!

    Sandy Eichler
  • I eat 2 hard boiled eggs and 1/2 cup of plain oatmeal with a small scoop of honey for flavor
  • Via WTOP Talkback 

    A cup of Blackberries, a cup of Raspberries, ½ a Papaya and a Pear with coffee.

    Esther 

  • My go to breakfast is oatmeal heated with skim milk and 1/3 of a banana sliced on top, grape juice, whole wheat toast with low fat peanut butter, and coffee with skim milk. This fuels me through the morning.
  • Via WTOP Talkback: 

    How about a 2egg frittata with onions and s little cheese with half a grapefruit with a splash of honey and coffee. 

    John Elder
  • Via WTOP Talkback: 

    Most days two boiled eggs and a cup of herbal tea. If I'm really hungry I also add a yogurt. Sometimes an English muffin toasted and spread with peanut butter.

    Lori L. Morton

  • Via WTOP Talkback: 

    I love breakfast, and it is my favorite meal of the day.  I, however, am a type 2 diabetic.  I most often eat cereal, usually Cheerios or Kix or another low sugar added cereal.  I also add a high fiber cereal which has no added sugar.  Reading labels, unfortunately, most cereals contain approximately 20 –25 grams of carbs.  I usually also eat 1/2 of a banana.  I add protein powder, flax seed, and cinnamon to the bowl.  I also add either fresh or frozen berries.  I also eat a slice of cheese, usually Jarlsburg or cheddar.  Every other day I make an omellette with whatever vegetable we have.  I have pretty much given up toast and juice, however occasionally I will have a slice of multigrain toast with peanut butter.  I drink a cup of coffee, no sugar, and a little milk.  Yogurt for breakfast does not satisfy my hunger.  I also occasionally make steel cut oatmeal and add berries.  Any suggestions?  I should check my blood 2 hours after eating the above, but usually forget or I am not home.  I check my blood before dinner and it is usually with a decent result.
     
    Respectfully,
     
    Sheldon Meltzer
  • Via WTOP Talkback: 

    I'm a male 30 years old , 5'11" I weight 200 lb. I usually eat PB&J sandwich or a Nutella sandwich along with a cup of coffee, or a bagel with white egg. Thank you 

    Maurro Hernandez
  • Breakfast is great but with all the medical news out there, I've started to become paranoid about what I have. Usually, I'll start with an orange, then move to Fiber 1 cereal with some blueberries, and some Greek Yogurt and/or a banana. Am I a little too quirky?
  • My breakfast is coffee with non-fat and/or sugar-free creamer, a hard-boiled egg, and a small banana with a TBS of all-natural peanut butter (peanuts, salt).

    My husband has the same coffee and egg, but with a high-fiber, light English muffin (Giant brand) with the same peanut butter. Thanks!
  • Via WTOP Talkback: 

    Paula, I'm suppose to keep my dietary fat content to under 20%. With that in mind, and that I take 4000 vitamin D, how do I get enough fat in my breakfast to metabolize the vitamin D and healthy brain function? Most days, I have a cup of steel-cut oatmeal, 1/2 c blueberries, 4 oz unsweetened plain almond milk, 1 Tbsp sliced almonds, ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg. Or am I already doing enough for a healthy breakfast? Sincerely, Denise
  • Via WTOP Talkback:

    I will be anxious to read your series on food to eat in the mornings.When I am working I bring to work a Nature Valley breakfast bar or a Quaker Oats breakfast bar and yogurt. I eat the breakfast bar at 7:30 AM and the yogurt at 9:30 AM..Sometimes I will buy a donut or other item. There is a Vie de France nearby and another restaurant nearby.On the weekends the breakfast is more varied. I eat out often so breakfast may include eggs and bacon or waffles. If I eat at home it includes cereal or oatmeal or pancakes.Barbara Hufford


  • A bit about Paula
    Paula Wolfson 

    WTOP health reporter Paula Wolfson's work has taken her from Capitol Hill to the White House and around the world. She's covered the administrations of both President George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush and the early years of the Obama administration. 

    Since joining WTOP in 2010, Wolfson has focused on health and fitness. An avid runner, she has previously blogged about training for her first marathon. 

    Find more of Paula's recent work here
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