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How to Grow Up Your Breakfast

Sick of your daily dose of Cocoa Puffs? Changing up your breakfast routine is easier than you think and can provide a better (and healthier) start to your day. Here are tips to grow up your breakfast.

Think differently. Throw away preconceived notions of what’s a breakfast food. Think outside the box and experiment with leftovers, sandwiches, soups, and frozen burritos.

Make a plan. People who follow a behavior change plan and believe they can accomplish it have a better success rate at sustaining it. Calculate how long it actually takes to plan, prepare and eat a better breakfast each morning. Giving yourself a timeline will help ensure you make time for breakfast.

You are what you eat. Eating breakfast is important, but so is what you eat. Highly processed foods laden with sugar like Fruit Loops and Pop Tarts don’t cut it in the fast-paced world we live in. Think protein, carbs, and fat. Try starting your morning with a bowl of cottage cheese, fruit, and chopped nuts; a hardboiled egg with toast and peanut butter; or a plain Greek-style yogurt with berries, nuts, and granola. These combinations will sustain your blood sugar and keep you going throughout the morning.

Figure it out. Create a five-day rotating menu of breakfasts for variety. Choose foods that you like and that are easy to prepare and eat. Keep the list in your kitchen where you can see it.

Make it easy. Keep a shopping list that includes the foods on your rotating menu. Keep your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer stocked with the staples you need for breakfast. Think of tasks you can do the night before to save time, such as rinsing or slicing berries. Try making multiple servings at one time like boiling six eggs, or making to or three servings of oatmeal to reheat in the morning.

Nestpert: Mary Jane Detroyer is a registered dietitian, nutritionist, and personal trainer who works with clients in New York City and online. You can learn more at www.MaryJaneDetroyer.com.

-- Samantha Leal

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