9 Great Non-traditional Breakfasts

on August 9, 2011

On the go? Or just plain fussy? Here are your best breakfast bets!

Mom always said you need a good breakfast, and she’s right. The first meal of the day boosts brainpower and significantly contributes to your daily quota of fiber, calcium and vitamins A and C. Plus it reduces your daily calorie, fat and cholesterol intake, as non-breakfast-eaters typically make up any deficit (and then some) later in the day. And, as scientists at the University of Nottingham in England recently found, missing breakfast can raise cholesterol levels and reduce your body’s response to insulin, putting heart health at risk. But knowing and doing are two different things. Whether you overslept, don’t cook, or simply don’t like breakfast foods, we have you covered with these combos of lean protein, high-fiber carbs, low-fat dairy, fruit and whole grains.

Best Grab-and-Go: Toasted whole-wheat waffle sandwich with peanut butter and banana

Delivers 9 grams of protein, thanks to the peanut butter (stick to 1 tablespoon to keep the total fat low) and 7 grams of fiber at a total of 365 calories. Go for at least 8 grams of protein to stay fuller longer.