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No More Excuses: Breakfast Recipes for Every Morning

Trust us, skipping breakfast isn't going to help you lose weight. Here are five quick and easy breakfast recipes that'll bust any excuse for missing your morning meal.

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Power Up Your Mornings

Looking to lose a few pounds? Dish up a bigger breakfast. Recent research shows that a morning meal that's 400 to 500 calories helps you feel full and may make it easier to stick to your diet. The secret ingredient: approximately 200 calories of lean protein, like eggs or low-fat Canadian bacon. "In our study, people who ate extra protein in the a.m. felt more satisfied," says study author Heather Leidy, PhD, an assistant professor of dietetics and nutrition at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. "Protein keeps you fuller longer than carbs, so eating it for breakfast helps you cut calories all day." Taking time for breakfast is one of the smartest things you can do for your health. Women who eat it every day are not only thinner, but they also have lower cholesterol levels and less risk for type 2 diabetes than those who skip it, research shows. That's because breakfast foods tend to be high in health-boosting nutrients like fiber, experts say. Not the morning-meal type? "A lot of people don't have time for it, but they pay the price by overeating later," says FITNESS advisory board member Leslie Bonci, RD, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "It's crucial to have something healthy."

Rise and Dine
Having a big breakfast doesn't mean you have to nibble a tiny salad for dinner. If you're trying to lose weight, stick to a 1,600-calories-a-day plan, aiming for 400 to 500 calories at each meal with enough reserved for a snack or two. Can't stomach eggs? Bored silly by cereal? No worries. Try these delicious solutions from Bonci for all your breakfast troubles.

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Excuse #1: "I don't have time to cook."

Assemble this quick and easy breakfast wrap before bed. In the morning, stick it in the microwave for one minute on high.

8-inch tortilla
2 ounces Canadian bacon
2 ounces cheese
4 ounces fruit juice

Total Calories: 460

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Excuse #2: "I hate breakfast."

Don't think it has to be eggs or nothing. A turkey sandwich or last night's leftovers make a great morning meal.

1 slice whole wheat veggie pizza
1 16-ounce skim-milk latte

Total Calories: 400

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Excuse #3: "I eat at my desk."

Try a reduced-fat fast-food sandwich from Starbucks.

1 turkey bacon, egg, and white cheddar breakfast sandwich
1 short (8-ounce) Caffe Latte with skim milk

Total Calories: 420

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Excuse #4: "I don't want to eat before I work out."

Whip up this filling smoothie or grab a similar one at a juice joint. Save the nuts for a post-workout snack that has extra protein and some healthy fat.
6 ounces low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 scoop whey protein powder
1/2 cup berries
1 ounce nuts

Total Calories: 439

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Excuse #5: "Breakfast foods are bland."

Spice up your taste buds with this zesty trail mix.

3/4 cup spicy soy nuts
1/4 cup whole-grain cereal, such as Wheat Chex
1/4 cup golden raisins
Tea with honey

Total Calories: 410

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Wake Up Your Morning Appetite

Nearly one in five women skips breakfast, according to surveys. Try these tips from Susan Bowerman, RD, a nutritionist at California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, to break your no-nosh habit.

  • Divide and conquer. Start with something small, like yogurt, and eat a handful of almonds an hour or two later.
  • Make a fast break. When you're in a rush, grab a piece of string cheese for a dose of protein and some fruit for fiber and vitamins.
  • Treat yourself. Trade breakfast-prep duties with your partner to make it less of a chore.
  • Put it off. "If you just can't eat first thing, have an energy bar midmorning for fuel," Bowerman says. "Otherwise, you may overeat at lunch."

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darlene952 wrote:

I kwow its all about protien for breakfast. Because of blood suger rushes with to many carbs for start of day. Helps with cravings etc. Check out book "The Glycemic Load Diet" Its a lot different from glycemic index.

1/13/2012 10:45:11 AM Report Abuse
NadiaBee17 wrote:

How many calories do you need to make an impact better than not eating breakfast at all? I hate eating in the morning so, sometimes I will just have a string cheese or glass of milk because I know it has calories and I shoud be eating within the first hour of being awake but, is this enough to make a difference??

7/25/2011 11:05:13 AM Report Abuse
avanwinkle83 wrote:

You are hungry all day because your motabolism is up and your body is burning the calories. If you eat a small snack mid morning and mid afternoon (Example: Celery, banana, or lowfat yogurt) you will be maintaining that motabolism and you will feel better. Bacon and Sausage and carbs in the morning are not necessarily bad for you, in moderation, because you burn the calories before noon. Just as long as you do not continue with the high fats and carbs throughout the rest of the day.

2/24/2011 10:09:06 AM Report Abuse
marion384 wrote:

Honestly give breakfast a try for a week, then you will really is worth the effort. xxx

1/11/2011 05:02:45 PM Report Abuse
megjtrayn wrote:

Agreed bob and debbie, it's the only thing that works me. I get that eating bfast in the am jump starts your metabolism, but it's almost too much, leaving me starving at 10am, risking a bad decision. I do wait as well until about 10am or 11.

1/11/2011 01:09:25 PM Report Abuse
jeremy2508 wrote:

are you kidding me? eggs and bacon as healthfood?

1/11/2011 10:38:27 AM Report Abuse
debschildcare61 wrote:

i just wish someone would tell us dye hard dieters something that we dont know instead of all the things we hear and read every time we open a magazine or turn on our computer its all about what we see and hear and live every single day give us somthing new thanks

10/24/2010 11:08:50 AM Report Abuse
bobanddebbie wrote:

I know all the right reasons to eat breakfast but... if I start out eating first thing in the morning I am hungry all day. Even if I eat Musili, oatmeals, cottage cheese, chicken breast meat anything that is a good balance of carbs and protein. I am watching the clock by 11:00 for more food if I eat breakfast. I feel more energized if I first eat around 11:00 and then around 5:00. That is the only way I can maintain or lose weight.

3/8/2010 11:55:05 AM Report Abuse

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