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Breakfast Recipe Collection

Breakfast Recipe Collection

Breakfast is very important because it helps to rev up your metabolism after the 'fast' during the night. Eating breakfast refuels your brain. The brain can use only glucose, which it gets from carbohydrates or by conversion from protein or fat. So when you skip breakfast, you are asking your brain - and your body - to function on "empty".

Studies with adults found less anxiety and fewer cognition problems among breakfast eaters. Fuel your brain power by eating a breakfast high in complex carbs and protein, but low in sugar and moderate in fat. Try eggs with a side of whole-wheat toast, oatmeal with milk and sprinkled with dried fruit or whole-grain toast with peanut butter and banana slices.

But not all breakfasts are good for you. High-sugar meals can leave you yearning for a nap by mid-morning, and fat laden egg and bacon breakfasts can lead to over-eating at lunchtime. A balanced breakfast - one that will satisfy your body's nutrients needs - provides a healthy dose of high-fiber carbohydrates (like fruit, oatmeal or other whole grains), good-for-you proteins (like peanut butter or yogurt) and unsaturated fats from foods like nuts and wheat germ.

Another important morning tip is to drink a couple of large glasses of water to hydrate your body. This can be in the form of herbal tea or water with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice if you like.

Breakfast Eater Tidbits

Eggs and bacon plate

  • A British study found that breakfast built around carbohydrates with a small amount of protein reduced hunger throughout the morning.
  • People who reach the ripe old age of 100 consume breakfast more regularly than others do.
  • Eating oatmeal for breakfast can help prevent overeating later in the day.

Healthy Breakfast Foods

Breakfast Bytes

To jazz up pancakes, french toast, or waffles, add a dash or two of cinnamon and/or vanilla to the batter.

When you make pancakes, waffles and muffins, sneak in some whole grains by replacing one half of the white flour with whole wheat flour. Grains give you fiber and important minerals such as iron, magnesium and selenium.

A Filling Breakfast. A whole or mixed grain bagel with two tablespoons of peanut butter (373 calories, 18 grams of fat) has enough fiber (4 grams) and protein (16 grams) to keep you feeling full for up to four hours.

Grab and Go Breakfast Munchies. Pre-fill baggies with Post Honey Nut Shredded Wheat and add a handful of dried apricots, raisins and almonds, or your favorite nuts. For a quick breakfast or lunch, balance with a glass of milk.

Substitute Canadian bacon, turkey bacon or sausage for regular bacon or sausage.

Skip the Syrup: Top waffles or pancakes with fresh blueberries and a dollop of lemon flavored yogurt. The protein boost of yogurt turns a favorite treat into a complete meal.

Slimming Suggestion: Top waffles or pancakes with fresh fruit and a dollop of yogurt instead of maple syrup.

November 28th is National French Toast Day

Fiber Tip

Enjoy your eggs with ketchup, salsa, or chili sauce? Work some fiber into your favorites: Mix 1/2 cup of your favorite condiment with 1 tablespoon chia seeds. Store it in the refrigerator in a tightly closed jar for up to two weeks.

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