Veggies with Breakfast: Setting the Stage for Your Day

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Why is eating veggies in the morning so important?
Air Date: 9/9/15
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Ashley Koff, RD
Ashley-KoffAshley Koff is an internationally-renowned registered dietitian who believes better nutrition is simple and is on a mission to help anyone achieve their personal health goals by providing simple but highly effective tips and strategies. A self-described “Qualitarian,” Koff emphasizes the value of quality nutritional choices in achieving optimal health and has developed tools such as The AKA Qualitarian Nutrition Plan and The AKA Personal Shopper to help facilitate this.

Koff is widely sought after for her knowledge and ability to translate nutrition science into practical and motivating messages and appears regularly in the National Media, has authored two books and speaks frequently on the topic of better quality choices for better health.
Veggies with Breakfast: Setting the Stage for Your Day
Veggies with breakfast has come a long way since including spinach in your omelet or "hiding" veggies in your morning smoothie.

Why is eating veggies in the morning so important?

Ashley Koff, RD, says that when you sleep, your body is attempting to do all of its clean-up, recovery, repair... like having a cleaning person come into your "internal home" and put things back together.

But, in today's society, not all of that work is getting done by morning. On top of that, most traditional breakfast options (heavy carbohydrates, coffee, sugar, etc.) do even more damage.

Veggies are your body's personal clean-up team.

Eating veggies at breakfast helps combat that damage and ensure that all the unfinished business of the previous night's repair gets completed. And, starting your day with vegetables creates a great base for when your day doesn't go as planned; for instance, if you forgot that amazing salad you made at home in the refrigerator or you don't have time to go out for a good lunch.

Remember, says Koff, vegetables don't have to be salty or savory; they can be sweet as well, which makes them a bit more palatable in the morning.

Listen in as Koff shares more about why eating veggies with breakfast is so essential, as well as her take on cold-pressed juices and their benefits.