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National Breakfast Month!

brekkieBreakfast is the first meal of the day and in honor of National Breakfast Month, here are a few tips from the Sierra Club to help make your most important meal of the day more eco-friendly:

Tip #1: Get serious about cereal.
Your choice of breakfast cereal can actually make a difference. If you’re worried that an organic, GMO-free, sustainably packaged brand will taste more like soggy cardboard than like a wholesome part of a complete breakfast, check out Sierra magazine’s taste test of cereals. It identified five very delicious — and very responsible — options. Pour in some organic milk or soy milk, and you’ll head out to face the day knowing you’ve started it in a planet-loving way.
Tip #2: Think through your eggs.

Whether you like ‘em scrambled or sunny side up, your first decision about your eggs should be that they be organic and cage-free. When you buy organic eggs, you’re supporting ways of feeding and raising animals that are free of pesticides and other chemicals, GMOs, and unnecessary antibiotics (to find the best brand of organic eggs near you, check out the Cornucopia Institute’s organic-egg scorecard). And when you buy cage-free eggs, you’re diverting your money away from polluting factory farms. To be certain, however, that the yolks you’re frying (or boiling or baking . . .) are pure, consider how much fun it could be to keep your own chickens.

Tip #3: Choose your coffee wisely.

Are your eyes open yet? Then you’re probably craving a rich cup of joe. Before you reach for just any beans, think of the birds, the workers, the rainforests – you know, all the sensitive parts of the planet that get affected by the global coffee trade.

Worried that responsible java will taste bland or bitter? It doesn’t have to. To find delicious recommendations, check out Sierra magazine’s roundup of coffee experts praising their eco-friendly favorites. (Tea drinkers, click here.)

If you’re more likely to grab coffee on your way to work, keep in mind that 58 billion paper coffee cups are thrown away annually, so bring your own reusable cup. Some companies give you a discount for doing so. Apply those savings to an organic, shade-grown menu item. It may be a bit more expensive, but your money goes toward keeping Earth awake.

Tip #4: Pick green kitchen gear.

Early-rising chefs can check out this guide to eco-cookware to get ideas for the greenest kitchen items. (Is your pancake-flippin’ spatula made from recycled water bottles?) Go with the smallest pieces possible, choose Energy Star appliances, and scour garage sales and thrift stores for pans and utensils.

Fun Facts about Breakfast

People who eat breakfast are less likely to over eat at Lunch time. Why? Because their body is not going through those stomach quivers that we get when we are hungry. Those quivers make us over eat.

Breakfast tells your body to stop the fast and get your motor running. Breakfast gives you energy and gets your brain to functioning

Did you know that cereal was invented when colonial housewives started serving up popcorn with sugar and cream for breakfast? Read more great fun facts about cereal from Mashable.

People who eat breakfast usually do better at work and at school.

Instant coffee has been in existence since the middle of the eighteenth century.

The Essential 6 Nutrient Groups

Are you in a hurry? Try one of these for a quick breakfast.