Are you bored with the "same old, same old" breakfast? Do you usually gulp down a donut and coffee? Or do you skip breakfast altogether?
If so, it's time to freshen up that routine and wake up to the considerable benefits of eating a nutritious breakfast.
Smart Reasons to Eat Breakfast
Breakfast fuels you and your kids for the big day ahead.
Adults and kids who eat breakfast get more nutrients in their diets than breakfast skippers.
Breakfast-eaters have healthier body weights and blood cholesterol levels.
Shake up your usual breakfast routine! Try the speedy and nutritious morning meals below.
Cereal Breakfasts to Bowl You Over
Cereal is just about everybody's "go-to" breakfast, and it's no wonder. Cereal is fast, easy, economical and tastes great, too.
Instead of your usual cereal breakfast, try these out-of-the-box ideas:
A custom mix. For a change of taste, combine two cold cereals. Make one a whole-grain cereal like shredded wheat or oat rings, and one a high-fiber bran cereal. Top with two types of fruit like blueberries and strawberries. Or, make a pretty parfait by layering the cereals and fruit with fat-free yogurt.
Super-charged oatmeal. For a creamy consistency and a calcium boost, make oatmeal with fat-free milk instead of water. Stir in dried cherries and chopped almonds.
A whole new grain. Try cooked brown rice, barley, bulgur or quinoa in place of your usual hot cereal. Make a batch of these nutty whole grains ahead of time and store in the fridge. In the a.m., splash a portion with fat-free milk and heat in the microwave. Stir in a bit of honey, brown sugar or maple syrup and some chopped walnuts. Or, top with any type of fresh or dried fruit.
Toaster Breakfasts that Really Pop
Sure, there's toast, but that handy appliance can open up a whole new world of appealing breakfasts.
The pizza muffin. Split a toasted whole-wheat English muffin and add sliced reduced-fat cheese and red-ripe tomato. Pair with a glass of 100% apple juice.
A wonderfully-nutritious waffle. Spread a toasted whole-wheat waffle with peanut butter and top with banana slices. Wash it down with a glass of fat-free milk.
Great beginning bagel. Make a sandwich with a toasted whole-grain bagel, a scrambled egg and a slice of Canadian bacon. Enjoy with some orange juice.
Right from the Fridge
Leftovers for breakfast? You'll love them for a delightfully-different morning meal. Enjoy with a piece of fruit, and a glass of fat-free milk or 100% juice.
Cold chicken breast or a hard-boiled egg with whole-wheat bread sticks.
Hummus with whole-wheat pita bread.
A slice of cold veggie-topped pizza.