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Although 50% of all Americans skip breakfast, taking the time to eat even something small can lead to a more positive attitude, increased productivity, better memory, improved strength, endurance and problem solving.

Beat Breakfast Blunders 

Breakfast has also been shown to aid in weight management by curbing your hunger and kick starting your metabolism. Similarly, children who eat breakfast have higher attendance rates in school, decreased tardiness, increased concentration, increased problem solving skills and improved muscle coordination. If your child tends to skip breakfast, he/she may be missing vital nutrients needed for growth.

Try these quick, easy and nutritious breakfast solutions to start your day with lean protein and whole grains.

Breakfast is served:

  • A breakfast smoothie with low-fat milk, frozen strawberries and a banana

  • Top a waffle with low-fat yogurt and fruit

  • Stuff a whole-wheat pita with a sliced, hard-boiled egg and low-fat cheese

  • Spread peanut butter on a flour tortilla. Add a banana and roll up

  • Make instant oatmeal and mix in dried fruit. Tops with nuts

  • Layer low-fat yogurt with crunchy cereal and sliced fruit

  • Top whole-grain cereal with low-fat fat and berries

  • Spread almond butter on a whole-grain bagel - top with apple slices

  • Add lean ham and low-fat Swiss cheese to a toasted whole-grain English muffin
     

Breakfast-food Alternatives:

If your taste buds just don't crave breakfast foods, try these:

  • Peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole-grain bread

  • Leftover veggie pizza

  • Deli turkey, a slice of low-fat cheese and lettuce wrapped in a tortilla

  • Leftover rice mixed with low-fat yogurt, dried fruit and nuts - sprinkle with cinnamon

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