Four Quick and Healthy Breakfast Options

Many experts agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should not be skipped. These breakfast options are easy to prepare and are loaded with healthy nutrients with minimal fat and sugar. They are rich in whole grains, vitamins, and protein.

(1) Cereal, banana, milk
The grocery store shelves are lined with cereal, but it's important to pick the healthiest cereal possible. The best choices are loaded with fiber because they contain whole grains or whole wheat and have very little sugar. As a general rule of thumb, sugar should not be among the first four ingredients listed. To top off this healthy breakfast, the milk should be skim, soy, or almond.

(2) Yogurt, whole wheat toast, berries
As with cereals, there are now so many yogurt choices that it can be overwhelming to choose the best one. In general, Greek yogurts tend to be high in protein. Beware of yogurts loaded with sugar; they should be avoided. Reading bread labels can be tricky so it is vital to read the nutrition information on the back. What may sound like healthy bread may contain enriched wheat flour or other artificial ingredients. Choose one that is whole wheat and has three or more grams of fiber per serving. Any type of berries works in this breakfast so it is up to personal preference whether strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries are selected.

(3) Peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole wheat toast
Using the whole wheat bread choice from above, there is another healthy and filling option. Prepare a sandwich with almond or natural peanut butter (for most nutritious result) and sliced bananas. Be careful to adhere to serving size recommendations from the peanut butter container. Generally, two tablespoons is the appropriate amount for the sandwich. Another cautionary word about peanut butter, pick a product that contains a high percentage of nuts (a minimum of 90 percent) with no artificial colors, sweeteners, or preservatives.

(4) Oatmeal with milk, honey, and banana
The canister of 100% oats that mom and grandma used is the best choice in terms of fiber, nutrients, and it contains no artificial ingredients. Adhere to the serving size on the canister (one half cup of dry oats), use a moderate amount of pure honey (a teaspoon is best), and add milk and banana slices.

These four breakfast ideas provide a healthy start to the day. Also, the bananas and berries can be exchanged to provide four additional breakfast ideas using the same ingredients.


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