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What's the Healthiest Breakfast?

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS,
October 16, 2011

Q. Which is better: a traditional carb-centric breakfast (cereal & milk, toast/bagel) or a protein-based breakfast (eggs and bacon)?

A. In my opinion, the ideal breakfast is high in both protein and fiber. Choose a whole-grain bread or cereal—you probably don't need both. Pick one that's high in fiber and low in sugar. (See my Rule of Five for breakfast cereals.) Add eggs, tofu, fish, cottage cheese, or peanut butter to pump up the protein.

The combination of low glycemic carbohydrates, protein, and fiber will keep you satisfied and focused through your morning.

Not hungry first thing? It's OK to delay breakfast for an hour or two—as long as you don't end up eating donuts instead of a healthy breakfast.

For more healthy breakfast ideas, see chapter 4 of my book Nutrition Diva's Secrets for a Healthy Diet.

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