No doubt about it, breakfast takes the top spot when it comes to ranking your meals by importance. The right morning meal can jump-start your brain and help slim you down, among other things. Whether you’re too busy or just not hungry in the morning, we’ve found delicious ways to stop you from skipping your food. Good morning to you!
5-Minute Multigrain Cereal
This hot cereal recipe has got it all, packed with grains, raisins, and nuts. It only takes five minutes to make and will leave you feeling full until lunchtime.
Combine bananas and berries for an energizing morning smoothie, with ginger and pineapple juice for an extra kick. Save time by mixing it up in the Oster MyBlend and this will make your drink right in a 20-oz. sports bottle, so you can just blend and go.
Fruit and Cheese
A balanced, easy-to-assemble make-ahead morning meal: Grab an apple, wrap 1 to 2 ounces of Cheddar in plastic, and toss ¼ cup of fiber- and protein-rich walnuts into a resealable plastic bag.
A cross between scones and donuts with an oatmeal-like flavor, sconuts are breakfast royalty. Bake them one morning when you’ve got a free 15 minutes, then just grab one each day for the rest of the week. This is considered to be the best healthy breakfast.
Plain Doughnut With Chocolate Milk
A plain cake-style doughnut is usually a better choice than a bakery muffin. At Dunkin’ Donuts, for instance, an old-fashioned doughnut has 280 calories, while a corn muffin has 510 calories. Add fiber by eating ¼ cup of almonds or dried fruit. Instead of coffee, try 8 ounces of low-fat chocolate milk.
In a cocktail shaker, combine a packet of vanilla or strawberry instant-breakfast powder (look for the no-sugar-added kind, such as Carnation) and 1 cup of low-fat strawberry cow’s milk or soy milk. (You can also mix this the night before.) If you have time, use a blender to add strawberries or a frozen banana, for extra fiber, and a scoop of protein powder, such as GeniSoy Natural.
Take a slice of crusty bread, spread it with 3 tablespoons of low-fat ricotta, and add tomatoes. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil (about 1 teaspoon) and a little salt and pepper. Broiling is optional.
To substitute for a meal, an energy bar should have at least 3 to 5 grams of fiber and 10 grams of proteins. Because cereal bars rarely have more than 2 grams of protein.
A bowl of fiber-rich bran flakes (about 1½ cups) with 8 ounces of low-fat milk is nearly the perfect breakfast. Make it portable by replacing the milk with lemon or vanilla yogurt and mixing it in a to-go container. Increase the fiber and vitamins by adding ¼ cup of nuts or fresh or dried fruit, such as chopped pecans or blueberries.