Better Breakfast Month

They say that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, and now science is confirming that this statement might actually be truer than most people thought. Eating breakfast has been associated with better digestion, improved heart health, and more stable blood sugar levels throughout the day.

Of course, what a person eats is also extremely important because breakfast shouldn’t be filled with greasy or sugar-laden foods. This is where Better Breakfast Month comes in to save the day. It’s observed during the month of September and encourages everyone to eat a wholesome, healthy breakfast—a breakfast that will power them through until lunch with the energy they need.

The History of Better Breakfast Month

Even though some people may just be learning about Better Breakfast Month, it’s actually a month that has been celebrated in the U.S. for over 100 years. It was first created by the United States government during the First World War to encourage Americans to eat a healthy breakfast.

Why did they want to encourage Americans to eat a healthy breakfast? It’s because the U.S. military realized that many of the new recruits were underweight and/or suffered from malnutrition, so they created this month to combat that trend.

This month would continue to be popular over the next few decades, but its popularity began to wane during WWII. That wouldn’t last very long, however. During the 1950s, the Cereal Institute revived this month and set its observance in September. This month was selected because it’s traditionally the time when children are returning to school.

Some Fun Facts About Breakfast

Let’s take a few moments of our time and discuss some of the fun facts we’ve learned about breakfast. The following facts were fun to research, and we think they will be fun for most people to read, so let’s dig into them.

  • During the Middle Ages in Europe, breakfast was usually considered to be unimportant and perhaps gluttonous.
  • For those who did eat breakfast during the Middle Ages, it was usually a piece of hard bread with cheese and a mug of ale.
  • A typical full English breakfast usually includes eggs, bacon, sausage, beans, hash browns, fried mushrooms, tomatoes, and toast.
  • A typical full American breakfast usually includes eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, pancakes, and toast.
  • In Canada, the Lumberjack Breakfast is sometimes eaten. It includes fried pork, eggs, and flapjacks.

Observing Better Breakfast Month

During this month, everyone should take a good hard look at what they eat for breakfast to ensure that it’s providing the nutrients they need. They should also make sure that their children are eating a balanced breakfast as well. Anyone wishing to spread the word about Better Breakfast Month can do so by using the hashtag #BetterBreakfastMonth.

When is it?
This year (2024)
September 1 Sunday
Next year (2025)
September 1 Monday
Last year (2023)
September 1 Friday
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