Did You Break Your Fast This Morning?

By: Leah Anderson, RD, CD, Festival Food Safety and Nutrition Manager

Have you ever thought about the origin of the word breakfast?  If you break it down you’ll see that it is actually two smaller words that have been combined:  “break” and “fast” (which is exactly what this morning meal is all about!)  As you sleep through the night your body is in a state of rest and does not need food; but in the morning it’s very important to literally break your fast by eating something that will jumpstart your metabolism and fuel your body until lunch.  For children, a good breakfast is especially important as it helps them focus better during school and sets them up to make healthier choices throughout the day. 

A well-balanced breakfast should include a variety of healthy foods.  Try to include a mixture of complex carbohydrates (100% whole wheat bread, whole grain cereal, etc.), protein (egg, yogurt, nut butters, etc.), and fruits/vegetables to get the most out of your morning meal.  Building a breakfast using ingredients that have high NuVal® scores (the Nutritional Scoring System available at Festival Foods) is a great way to ensure you’re starting your day in a healthy way!

The recipe below is quick and easy (perfect for those hectic school mornings!), and it combines the goodness of whole grain bread with protein-packed peanut butter and potassium-rich bananas.  Pair this with a glass of skim milk for a healthy and delicious way to start your day!   For more information and tips on how to Eat Well at Festival Foods, be sure to visit our website at www.festfoods.com.

Chunky Monkey Toast


 1 slice whole grain bread

  • Product Suggestion: Arnold Dutch Country Double Fiber Bread 

NuVal Score:  42

1-2 Tbsp. peanut butter

  • Product Suggestion:  Krema Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter

NuVal Score: 51

1 banana, sliced

NuVal Score: 91



Toast bread and spread with chunky peanut butter.  Top with sliced banana and a generous sprinkling of cinnamon.


Leah Anderson, RD, CD, Festival Food Safety and Nutrition Manager

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