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Eat your breakfast!

 
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With busy school and work schedules, it can be easy to skip breakfast. When you skip breakfast, you run a higher risk of being overweight, and it can cause you to be lethargic and less focused all day long. On the other hand, eating a smart breakfast can help improve behavior and school performance, as well as help to maintain a healthy weight.

A healthy breakfast to fuel your morning should have a combination of nutrients, including protein, fiber and carbohydrates. Here are some helpful tips to make a healthy, delicious and easy breakfast.

Plan ahead. If you don't have a lot of time in the morning to make a healthy breakfast, try getting organized the night before. Keep it simple! Think color and protein to begin your day off with a jump start. Prepare oatmeal or a smoothie the night before, or set out equipment that you need. Stock your kitchen with ready to eat foods such as oatmeal, whole wheat toast, peanut butter, yogurt and fresh fruit.

Start with protein. Many Americans miss out on including protein in their diet, especially breakfast. Protein helps you feel full until lunch and increases focus. Lean proteins include Canadian bacon, eggs, a slice of deli meat or cheese, low-fat yogurt or peanut butter on toast.

Try some whole grains. Whole grains provide fiber and nutrients that tend to digest more slowly giving you lasting energy. Try whole-grain cereals, like oatmeal, or whole-grain breads, muffins, waffles or pancakes to help you rise, shine and get ready for a busy day.

Eat your fruits (and veggies). Fresh, frozen and canned fruits are all great ways to enjoy the produce needed for optimal health. Try them fresh in smoothies, yogurt parfaits or mixed in with pancakes. Color your eggs with vegetables such as bell peppers, red onions, mushrooms and spinach.

When you have a plan, breakfast will be a snap! After a night of rest, your body needs to refuel to get your day going the right way. 
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