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.

Oatmeal
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,
applesauce
or a touch of honey or brown sugar. Use your slow cooker to make getting a healthy breakfast even simpler.

Berries
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.

Eggs
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.

Flaxseeds
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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  1. @MomDarLena says:

    I also eat a banana with peanut butter on it. sometimes lowfat cottage cheese on triscuit crackers.

  2. Bianca says:

    Low-fat yogurt with berries and some grape nuts. Delicious!

  3. michelle says:

    My son loves his yogurt sundae. We make it just like a sundae – bananas on the bottom, organic vanilla yogurt and topped off with homemade (AB's) granola. Then for a little indulgence – a little drizzle of choc syrup. I eat fairly healthy, but I am a sucker for choc syrup. It is just a little drizzle – enough just to look like the topping of a real sundae. My son is almost 6 and has been eating this for many breakfasts for a while. Also another great treat for bfast is banana oat breakfast cookies. (google it) Basically it is a cookie batter minus the butter and most of the sugar – add peanut butter, oats, bananas and a few choc chips. They are great and a complete protein with a glass of milk – quick on the go bfast.

  4. Kristin says:

    I recently discovered Bob's Red Mill 10-grain pancake mix! I had leftover batter last weekend and made a sort of peanut butter sandwich for breakfast. It was SO GOOD.

    • Kayla says:

      Isn't that stuff the best?!? I put cinnamon, a touch of vanilla and blueberries into this pancake mix. It is super yummy!

  5. Tati says:

    I love to eat plain oatmeal mixed with a strawberry activia yogurt!! extremely delicious sometimes some nuts, and either a cup of coffee or some good tea…

  6. Cami says:

    I like to scramble 1 large carton of egg beaters, w/ spices, then heat 1 pkg vegie crumbles w/ spices(can add onions). Place some of each on a corn tortilla(the lowest calorie 1 you can find), wrap in foil & freeze.(you can soften in the micro) Then I take 1 out in the morning & nuke on reheat, top w/ homemade salsa or sauted mushrooms & onions & enjoy !!! You can make indivually, but why would you.

  7. Cami says:

    My favorite oatmeal is to add a banana & spenlda to it just as it finishes cooking. I also add some pecans& 1 tbl. butter on weight lifting days

  8. theveggie says:

    I like to have Indian pancakes (Chilo), which are made out of graham flour. You can add tomatoes, onions and other diced veggies as you would with an omelette. They're so tasty and savory!!
    http://theveggie.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/chilo-s

  9. Denise says:

    2 egg white omelet (1/3 c. in carton) with salsa, fresh spinach, mushrooms & grilled onions. 1/2 red potato cubed (microwave- no fat) on the side. Pre grill onion & mushrooms for fast start in the morning, then just add them to the pan with Pam; when they are warm add egg whites and fresh spinach and 2 table spoons of salsa. Pre cook potatoes and have them already cubed in frig., then just zap them, add Mrs. Dash. Protein + veggies + complex starch all with no fat and low salt! Grill onions and mushrooms with seasoning and a little water and keep in frig. for fast use.
    A great way to start your day. :)

    • cincydebo says:

      Mine is the same except I use 1 whole egg and 1 egg white or 1/2 cup egg beaters. I use a lot of spinach and sometimes 1/4 non fat cheddar cheese. It tastes great and keeps me full.

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