Better Breakfasts: 8 Healthiest Breakfast Foods

by in Healthy Tips, September 15, 2010

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Mom was right when she said breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But what you choose for breakfast can make or break your day (sorry, bacon didn’t make the list). Here are our top 8 foods that help make your morning meal a healthy one.

Nonfat Greek Yogurt
With more hunger-fighting protein than traditional yogurt, it’ll keep those mid-morning hunger pangs at bay. Learn to make your own, or try our top Greek yogurt picks.

Start your day off with a warm bowl of oatmeal — choose rolled or steel cut oats.
Skip the sugary packets and add a little sweetness with dried fruit,
or a touch of honey or brown sugar. Use your slow cooker to make getting a healthy breakfast even simpler.

Toss blueberries, strawberries and raspberries on cold cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, pancakes or French toast. Berries are high in an anti-inflammatory compounds called anthocyanins, which may help reduce heart disease and diabetes, and improve eyesight and short-term memory.

Peanut Butter
Need a quick protein boost in the morning? Spread a tablespoon of the stuff on whole grain bread, add to a smoothie, mix into oatmeal or spread on apple slices. Remember to choose the natural kind to keep sugar under control.

Easy and versatile, eggs contain vitamins A and D and the antioxidant lutein for healthy skin and eyes. Scrambled, soft-boiled, poached or over easy, serve with whole-grain toast for a stay-with-you breakfast.

Sprinkle flaxseeds on yogurt, oatmeal or blend in your morning smoothie or muffin batter. This high-powered seed adds extras omega-3 fat, fiber and protein.

Cottage Cheese
Top low-fat cottage cheese with fresh fruit for an on-the-go breakfast that will leave you satisfied. Packed with 16 grams of hunger-fighting protein and only 1 gram of fat, it’ll help get your day started.

Whole-Grain Cereal
A bowl of whole grain cereal and low-fat or skim milk takes only minutes to put together. But watch out for whole grain cereal boobie traps, like high calories and sugar. See which popular brands reigned supreme in our cereal taste test.

TELL US: What do you eat to start your day?

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »

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  4. LaRegal says:

    You made one small mistake with the first food on this list: non-fat greek yogurt. Yogurt, as any dairy food, should contain a small amount of fat in order for the body to be able to digest and metabolize the proteins properly. Also research has shown that a small amount of the original butterfat satiates the appetite better than nonfat products do, so the tendency to eat more than one should is reduced.

  5. la regal says:

    I like philly steak, a small onion, tomato, cooked in olive oil spray, with a corn tortilla, and citrus fruit or strawberries for bkfst, when I eat it. I know all of the arguements in favor of breakfast being important,( and ideally, the lagest meal, or as much so as the midday meal) of the day, but I can't force myself to eat in the morning. Also love tofu sauteed with garlic, tomato, soy sauce, basil,onion, (allergic to eggs, alas! I LOVE omelettes) with a whole-grain rice cake, tortilla, or tiny amount of brown rice, or yogurt or tofu pureed with vanilla, ftruit juice concentrate, or unsweetened cocoa or melted chocolate and seasonal fruit on the side. Honestly, "breakfast" these days is a cup or two of coffee, lots of water, and ephedra or a Bronchaid, and a piece of fruit or juice. Awful, I know. It's just until allergy season ends.

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    This food in this article is so good but i don't like it. i like egg and Whole-Wheat Toasted Bread With Peanut Butter. I just got it from

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