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The Best Grocery Store Buys for Breakfast

Start your morning right! These breakfast picks are low in calories (250 or fewer) and high in fiber and protein to keep you satisfied until lunch.

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Nature's Path Optimum Blueberry Cinnamon
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Best Cereal

Nature's Path Optimum Blueberry Cinnamon
A combination of cinnamon and dried blueberries gives these whole-grain flakes a touch of sweetness.

Nutrition facts per cup: 200 calories, 9g protein, 38g carbohydrate, 3g fat (0g saturated), 7g fiber

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Best Breakfast Bar

Kashi TLC Pumpkin Spice Flax
The perfect I-don't-have-time for-breakfast excuse buster: Throw one of these crunchy bars full of heart-healthy flaxseed in your tote and munch it on your commute.

Per package (2 bars): 180 calories, 6g protein, 26g carbohydrate, 6g fat (0.5g saturated), 4g fiber

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Best Oatmeal

Holly's Wickedly Plain
Top it with a little bit of maple syrup or honey and you're good to go until noon, thanks to the 8 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein in each serving. Make it with skim milk for a creamier texture.

Per 1/2 cup: 220 calories, 12g protein, 39g carbohydrate, 3.5g fat (0g saturated), 8g fiber

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Best Frozen Waffle

Van's All Natural Multigrain
For the second year in a row, testers loved these slightly sweet, crunchy waffles. "They taste almost homemade," one reviewer said.

Per 2 waffles: 180 calories, 4g protein, 25g carbohydrate, 7g fat (0.5g saturated), 3g fiber

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Best Bagel

Thomas' Hearty Grains 100% Whole Wheat
Unlike most bagels, these are just the right portion size. Plus, they're surprisingly high in protein and fiber, which will keep you full.

Per bagel: 240 calories, 10g protein, 49g carbohydrate, 2g fat (0.5g saturated), 7g fiber

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Best English Muffin

Food for Life 7-Sprouted Grains
Testers raved about the nutty flavor and chewy texture. Our nutritionists loved the 6 grams of fiber in each hearty muffin.

Per muffin: 160 calories, 8g protein, 32g carbohydrate, 2g fat (0g saturated), 6g fiber

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Best Muffin

Fiber One Apple Cinnamon Bun
Store-bought muffins that are healthy? We found 'em. This brand is moist and not too sweet and has chunks of real apple.

Per muffin: 170 calories, 3g protein, 34g carbohydrate, 4.5g fat (1.5g saturated), 7g fiber

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Best Yogurt

Fage Total 0%
Supremely creamy despite containing no fat. Top with a drizzle of honey or your favorite jam for a protein-packed, low-calorie breakfast.

Per 6-ounce container: 90 calories, 15g protein, 7g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 0g fiber

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2009.

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8/13/2010 07:13:35 AM Report Abuse
kerrys45 wrote:

i think i found this cereal at Trader Joes before. I wasn't a huge fan of it - it was OK but I like Kashi's cereals much better!

6/25/2010 11:06:35 PM Report Abuse
cjenkins13674413 wrote:

Could you include the stores that some of these items are found? I would like to try the cereal and the muffin best picks but I do not recognize the brands and do not know where to find these items

2/18/2010 10:40:24 AM Report Abuse
bowielam413 wrote:

agreed with tr141

11/25/2009 10:59:23 AM Report Abuse
defalise wrote:

I tried Optimum and there were maybe 4 berries in the whole box. Wasn't very good. I'll stick with Kashi Heart to heart.

11/19/2009 03:57:03 PM Report Abuse
tr141 wrote:

too caloric, fiber one is 60 calories a serving

11/12/2009 02:17:35 PM Report Abuse

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