Are you wondering, what is a healthy breakfast? EatingWell’s Kerri-Ann Jennings, R.D., shows you which breakfast foods you should eat for a healthy breakfast.
“When you are planning a healthy breakfast, there are three things and foods to think about,” says Kerri-Ann. “Whole grains, lean protein and fruit.”
1. A Healthy Breakfast Includes Whole Grain Foods
Whole grains give you more vitamins and minerals, fiber and antioxidants than refined grains. Fiber in your breakfast helps you stay full throughout the morning. “Think about getting whole grains as part of a healthy breakfast through oatmeal, whole-grain cereal or whole-grain bread,” recommends Kerri-Ann.
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2. A Healthy Breakfast Includes Satisfying Lean Protein
Lean protein as part of a healthy breakfast provides staying power to get you through your day. “Two super ways to get protein at breakfast are eggs and nut butters,” says Kerri-Ann. “But breakfast is also a great time to get a serving of dairy.” Think about milk and yogurt as two ways to get both protein and dairy.
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3. A Healthy Breakfast Includes Colorful, Nutritious Fruits & Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables deliver lots of healthy nutrients. Kerri-Ann’s tip: “If you go with whole fruit rather than fruit juice, you'll be getting fiber too.” Get ahead of the game early—eating fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy breakfast helps you to meet your daily goal of 5 or more produce servings each day.
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Want some healthy breakfast recipe ideas? Kerri-Ann suggests these quick, easy breakfast ideas to put all three ingredients together:
1. Scrambled eggs on an English muffin with avocado and sliced tomato
2. Yogurt topped with berries and granola
3. Whole-grain toast spread with almond butter and topped with sliced pear
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