Rita Maas

Set yourself up for healthy-breakfast success by stocking your shelves with items you can grab and go.

August 15, 2008

1. Single-serving bowls of whole-grain cereal are packed withvitamins and minerals.

2. Pair string cheese with whole wheat crackers.

3. Hard-boil several eggs to have on hand for busy mornings.

4. Small cartons of low-fat yogurt are a good combination ofcarbohydrates and protein.

5. Whole-grain English muffins can serve as a base for abreakfast sandwich. Spread on peanut butter, a source of satisfyingprotein and heart-healthy fats.

6. Make breakfast wraps with whole wheat tortillas; roll in leanprotein, such as turkey and low-fat cheese, scrambled eggs withdiced peppers and onions, or peanut butter and bananas.

7. Keep low-fat cheese slices on hand for breakfastsandwiches.

8. Single-serving cartons of low-fat, low-sodium cottage cheeseare a good source of protein; stir in berries or fruit forfiber.

9. Top whole wheat toaster waffles with a tablespoon of peanutbutter and/or fruit preserves.

10. Try soy or lean turkey sausage patties (you can eat themalone or put them in a breakfast wrap or sandwich).

11. Stir a tablespoon or two of fruit preserves or chopped driedfruit into plain instant oatmeal to add a touch of sweetness.

12. For protein, add a tablespoon or two of nuts to your yogurtor oatmeal. Stir frozen berries into oatmeal or yogurt to boost thevitamin content.

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