Breakfast Ideas to Jump-Start Your Day

Breakfast Ideas to Jump-Start Your Day

Whole grain cereal with low-fat milk is a great breakfast option. But go ahead and get creative: Try adding fruit or yogurt to your bowl or eating nontraditional morning foods at breakfast. It is important to choose from several different food groups such as high-fibre whole grains and low-fat dairy products and meat or alternatives. Including fresh fruits and/or vegetables is always a good idea, too.

Traditional but delicious

You don't need to re-invent the wheel to find a great breakfast. Here are a few American breakfast favourites that will remind you why breakfast is worth eating:

  • Whole grain, high-fibre cereal with one cup low-fat milk
  • Whole grain, high-fibre bar and a cup of low-fat milk
  • Toasted whole grain waffle with sliced fruit and yogurt
  • All-natural peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat toast
  • Oatmeal with applesauce or raisins and a cup of low-fat milk
  • Fruit smoothie blended with juice and yogurt
  • All-natural almond butter on a whole grain English muffin
  • Egg white omelet with plenty of sautéed veggies inside

Think outside the box

Here are several breakfast ideas that draw on regional or international breakfast traditions. Or, use your imagination to create your own morning meal that is both enjoyable and satisfying. Don't forget to add a side of fresh fruit to any of these options:

  • Whole grain crackers with thinly sliced low-fat cheese
  • Reheated brown rice and a hard-boiled egg
  • Grits with low-fat cheese (add some chiles or hot sauce, if you like)
  • Pita bread with low-fat yogurt or low-fat feta cheese
  • Brown rice and beans with salsa fresca
  • Chicken noodle soup with added chicken or a hearty vegetable and legumes stew
  • Broiled fish with brown rice and seasoned seaweed
  • Last night's leftover veggie and cheese or tofu pizza

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