Kick Start the Day with a Balanced Breakfast

October 24, 2012

Sherrie Rosenblatt, National Turkey Federation
202-898-0100 ext. 227,
or Maryanne Keeney, Devine & Pearson
617-472-2700 ext. 137

A fresh start to the day begins with a balanced and nutritious breakfast. To add more spring to your step, the National Turkey Federation suggests adding healthier breakfast options, such high-protein, low-fat turkey, to your morning meal.

According to America's Breakfast Council, 96 percent of adults know that consuming breakfast is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, although 33 percent say they do not eat breakfast every morning.

"Eating smart begins with a balanced breakfast to recharge your body with energy. Not only is a healthy morning meal crucial for adults, but it's also important for children who have smaller energy reserves," says Christine M. Palumbo, a Chicago-based dietician. "You don't have to prepare different meals, just make healthier choices. Lean proteins, such as turkey sausage, turkey bacon and turkey ham, can replace traditional higher-fat breakfast options. Include whole grains, dairy and fruits for a balanced meal."

Turkey's healthy attributes make it a perfect choice for breakfast because it is packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B and magnesium. Vitamin B is an essential element for brain and nerve function, and magnesium helps prevent heart disease.

There are many delicious and healthy recipes on the National Turkey Federation's website, Try a Turkey Apple Scramble or a Turkey Omelet with Artichokes and Olives, which combines high-protein turkey with vitamin-lade mushrooms for a tasty morning meal.

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) is the national advocate for all segments of the turkey industry, providing services and conducting activities that increase demand for its members' products by protecting and enhancing their ability to profitably provide wholesome, high-quality, nutritious products. Its award-winning web site,, offers consumers, food professionals and the media an extensive library of information including healthy eating and restaurant trends, turkey cuts and purchasing tips, turkey nutrition and cooking techniques, and turkey facts and trivia. Additionally, the site presents a searchable database of more than 1,500 recipes, offers a recipe E-mail program and provides special seasonal and holiday ideas. The National Turkey Federation is headquartered in Washington, D.C.