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Eat Breakfast for a Healthier You 
 
by Anika Logan September 13, 2005

Fiber

Fiber is a must at breakfast time, the more the better. Fiber helps keep the digestive system on track. Buy high fiber cereals and breads and choose fresh fruit over fruit juice (if fresh fruit is too high in price then opt for frozen fruits. Avoid canned fruits if possible, as they are loaded with sugar.). Add wheat germ and flax meal to your foods whenever possible. Both flax meal and wheat germ taste good on cereal, oatmeal and yogurt. Make sure to buy ground up flax meal, as flax seeds are difficult for the body to digest. All-Bran is one of the healthier cereals on the market but there are many generic (no name) brands that will cost you less and are just as nutritious. Another plus of these high fiber cereals is that they contain little if any sugar.

Fruit Smoothies

An option for those who don’t have time for a hearty breakfast or who don’t enjoy one very much is whipping up a fruit smoothie. Get out the blender and make yourself a healthy alternative to a sit down breakfast! A good one to try is to add ½ to 1 cup of frozen or fresh fruit (fruit of your choice) to a blender with ¾ cup of yogurt and fruit juice until you reach the desired consistency. Then blend and you’re all set.

Another fruit smoothie to try is to blend milk with yogurt, frozen fruit (a banana is essential) and a scoop of protein powder to balance it out. Blend and you’re out the door in a snap! It’s both a healthy as well as tasty breakfast choice.

Skipping breakfast is a no-no

Whether you are dieting or not, breakfast should never be skipped. When you are busy throughout the day your body requires a great deal of calories and nutrients. Going without breakfast serves to slow down the rate at which the human body burns calories. This has an adverse effect as it very often leads to overeating at night, a time of day when the demands of energy are not at a high point and calories are more likely to be stored as body fat.

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