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Apr
14

The best foods to eat for breakfast


Although it is the most often-skipped meal of the day, there are many reasons not to skip eating breakfast. Skipping a morning meal can set you up to overeat later in the day. A proper breakfast, including good carbs, fiber and lean protein can help you get off to a good start and perform at optimal levels all day.

Almond butter

Filled with monounsaturated fat, almond butter is an excellent source of protein. It’s great on whole grain bread or paired with fruit such as bananas or apples.

Bananas

Added into cereal or oatmeal, or eaten alone, bananas are full of potassium and carbs that can help you feel full longer.

Blueberries

Truly one of the superfoods, blueberries help brain function, blood pressure and metabolism. They’re full of antioxidants and lower in calories than most other fruits.

Cereal

A whole-grain or bran cereal with at least 5 grams of fiber and less than 5 grams of sugar is best. Top with skim milk and fresh fruit for a great breakfast with everything you need to start the day.

Eggs

High in protein and vitamin D, eggs are a great choice for lean proteins. If you want to avoid cholesterol, use only the whites for an omelet; however, recent research indicates that cholesterol in food has less of an impact on blood cholesterol than previously thought.

Flaxseed

Another great additive, two tablespoons of flaxseed has more than 100% of your recommended daily allowance of omega-3 fatty acids.

Grapefruit

Not only is grapefruit packed with antioxidants, it helps your blood sugar and insulin levels, while actually helping you lose weight.

Greek yogurt

Add some fruit to plain, nonfat Greek yogurt and you’ve got a satisfying breakfast loaded with calcium and protein – nearly twice as much as regular yogurt.

Kiwi

With almost as much vitamin C per serving as an orange, kiwi is rich in potassium, copper and fiber.

Oatmeal

Long considered a way to cut cholesterol, oatmeal is rich in omega-3s, folate and potassium. Avoid the flavored, instant kind; they’re full of sugar and chemicals. Opt instead for steel-cut oats, which have more fiber than rolled oats.

Raspberries

A perfect addition to cereal or yogurt, or mixed into a smoothie, raspberries are high in fiber, vitamin C and vitamin K.

Strawberries

Added to cereal, yogurt or eaten alone, strawberries are full of fiber, folic acid, and one cup has a full day’s supply of vitamin C.

Wheat germ

One of the power additives, wheat germ can be sprinkled onto cereal, stirred into yogurt or mixed into a smoothie and has vitamin E and folate.

Whole wheat bread

To get optimal fiber and nutrients, choose whole wheat or whole grain English muffins and bread over white options for carbs in the morning.

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