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Breakfast Challenge Tip 2: The Number One Food You Should Eat for a Healthy Breakfast

By Hilary Meyer, February 28, 2012 - 3:45pm

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Breakfast Challenge Tip 2: The Number One Food You Should Eat for a Healthy Breakfast

One of the easiest ways to eat healthier is to have breakfast every day. Each day this week, we will post a new, easy tip to help you adopt this healthy habit for just one week.

Here’s today’s tip:

Tip 2: The Number One Food You Should Eat for a Healthy Breakfast

Oatmeal is as close to perfect as you can get for a breakfast food.

For starters, it’s quick (less than 5 minutes if you’re using the quick-cooking kind). It’s got 4 grams of fiber per cup and research suggests that increasing your intake of soluble fiber (a type of fiber found in oatmeal) by 5 to 10 grams each day could result in a 5 percent drop in “bad” LDL cholesterol. If you top it with fruit, like 1/4 cup of raspberries for example, it’s not only delicious, but you also tack on an additional 2 grams of fiber. That means you’re well on your way to that extra 5 to 10 grams of fiber with just your breakfast. AND it could help you lose weight in two way with all that wonderful fiber making you feel fuller longer. Here’s a simple way to make a bowl of oatmeal, and some topping suggestions to make it tasty:

Bring 1 cup of water (or nonfat or low-fat milk) and a pinch of salt to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir in 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats and reduce the heat to medium; cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat, cover and let stand for 2 to 3 minutes.

Here are some topping suggestions:
 Dried fruit, Cinnamon,
 Toasted nuts,
 Fresh fruit,
 Plain yogurt,
 Jam,
 Applesauce, Ground flaxseed

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For more Breakfast Challenge tips, meal plans and recipes, visit the Breakfast Challenge landing page.

TAGS: Hilary Meyer, Health Blog, Breakfast, Breakfast Challenge, Health, Nutrition

Hilary Meyer
EatingWell Associate Food Editor Hilary Meyer spends much of her time in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, testing and developing healthy recipes. She is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute.

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