5 Ways to Make Breakfast Delicious & Well-Balanced

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A well-balanced breakfast of yogurt with walnuts and fruit.
So many of us blame our time-crunched mornings for making measly, sad, bad-for-us breakfasts -- from nothing but a cup of coffee to just a banana or a big bagel and a sugar-laden cappuccino. While celeb spa-style breakfasts with fresh juices and fancy omelets aren't exactly everyday options for most of us, there are still ways to do our breakfast better. And it's worth the effort. After all, who wouldn't want to maximize that boost of energy a well-balanced breakfast provides?

Here, five ways to make sure your a.m. meal is healthy, tasty, and of course, easy to throw together.

  1. Pack in the protein - Lots of Americans are in the habit of goin' for a carb/grain-heavy breakfast -- i.e. pancakes, low-cal cereal, a granola bar -- but without enough protein, you're bound to be hungry an hour later. Adding protein also ensures be satisfied for longer, because it helps keep blood sugar stable. Some yummy sources: Eggs or egg whites (scrambled or hard-boiled), peanut butter, cottage cheese, non-fat (Greek!) yogurt, lean turkey sausage.
  2. Always go for whole grain - Although tons of foods are now touting that they're "whole grain," it's actually not just a silly buzz word for companies to slap on their products. Making sure your breakfast incorporates whole grains -- as opposed to refined grains or no carbs whatsoever -- is an awesome way to boost its healthy factor. That's because studies show eating whole grains lowers the risk of many chronic diseases, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and also contribute to body weight management and gastrointestinal health. Some delish choices include: Granola or higher fiber cereal or oatmeal, whole wheat bagel or toast, whole grain toaster waffles, etc.
  3. Add in a fruit - Nutritionists tend to recommend people get at least two fruit servings a day, and breakfast is a prime time to sneak one of those in. It's also a great way to get your sweet tooth fix or add more texture/flavor to your meal. You could do a banana, apple, berries (in that yogurt or cereal), or an orange.
  4. Be creative - Eating the same ol' thing every day works for some people, but others get bored, and of course, that's no way to stick with a healthy plan. Mixing up your breakfast (think looking up new recipes online, switching up fruits and veggies from week to week, etc.) on a regular basis will ensure it stays delicious and well-balanced.
  5. Plan ahead - Most of us are so frazzled and rushed in the morning that we end up grabbing something on-the-go that's less than ideal. Taking a minute at night to think about what you're going to have in the a.m. and maybe setting the ingredients aside in the fridge or on your shelf can help you stick to a healthy choice in the morning. You can also prep certain dishes (like a frittata or granola mix) ahead of time, so you can grab and go in the morning.

What's your go-to delicious, well-balanced breakfast?


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Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Don't just stick to breakfast foods. I'm quite partial to a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich for breakfast. If you use multi grain bread and favor the tomato over the cheese it's pretty healthy. Tofu scramble is good too, that will keep you going all morning easily. Left over pizza is always a great breakfast, assuming it was reasonably healthy to begin with.

Oatmeal is great but there are so many other grains too. I like quinoa hot with a dab of butter and some toasted cashews or cold with a drizzle of maple syrup and fresh blueberries. You can do all kinds of things with rice or millet too.

Wish2Be Wish2Be

My go to is parfait ...LOL ! DS likes his granola bits on the side, but he really loves the yogurt fruit combo ! :)

jessi... jessicasmom1

wonderful! my DD gets a hot breakfast every school day  and Saturdays of the week I believe it helps with energy levels and keeps her going until lunch at school 

MamaB... MamaBear2cubs

We fry up a tortila stuff it with fruit and yogurt!!! It's delicious.

slw123 slw123

My problem is the time crunch.  The kids usually get cereal on school days because we all get up so early and have to get out the door.

StarG... StarGazer27

My daughter loves oatmeal so I try to make it different so she doesn't get bored by adding different fruit or even mixing in some applesauce or yogurt and she loves it!  One of my favorite things for breakfast is cottage cheese and grapes.  Kraft's Simply Cottage Cheese is the best.  It's really creamy and has a yummy flavor!

momka... momkaribg

I eat grilled pb&j.

daerc... daerca574

I usually eat cereal or oatmeal most mornings.  My kids do the same.

Leele... Leelee1008

Mornings are insane for the most part around here, and im lucky if my boys will eat a bowl of cereal. Honestly I am just happy if they get something half way substantial in them in the mornings.  I try to give my DD fruit and grains in the morning, shes still a baby so im hoping that I can get her into the habbit of good eatting and it sticks.

LOswa... LOswald0314

Eggs with salsa or oatmeal.

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