Lighten Up, America!

We sent Cooking Light's tireless contributing editor, Allison Fishman Task, on a mission: to crisscross the country in search of favorite regional foods and to lighten them for a country that is starting to think hard about what it eats. Buy the Book: Lighten Up, America!

Lighter American Breakfasts

Here are dishes that fit any morning routine, whether you're in need of a quick weekday smoothie or a more decadent weekend brunch. But each is made just a little bit healthier, and that feels just right.

All-American Granola
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Lighten Up, Breakfast!

Whether you're running on full speed before work or sitting down to a leisurely brunch on Saturday morning, you'll find recipes here to fill you up and keep you going the rest of the day. Best of all, these classic dishes have been lightened without losing their incredible flavor.

First, enjoy bit of crunch in the morning with a serving of All-American Granola.

Sweetened with maple syrup and studded with dried cherries and sliced almonds, this pantry staple is easy to customize. Try dried blueberries, cranberries, or even apples, and maybe even a little flaxseed for fiber. Or toss with fresh berries before serving.

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