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Healthy Food Awards: Best Breakfast Foods

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    Lifeway Triple Berry Tart Kefir

    "The perfect blend of tart and sweet—you would never guess this smoothie is low-fat," a tester said. And thanks to its 11 grams of protein, you'll feel satisfied for hours. (110 calories per cup)

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    Chobani Oats Blueberry

    This clever combo of Greek yogurt, gluten-free steel-cut oats and real fruit delivers a complete meal. Plus, "it has a great blueberry flavor," one editor noted. (160 calories per cup)

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    Power Up Your Morning

    But first, to jump-start your metabolism and power yourself through the day, eat within one hour of waking up, suggests dietitian Anar Allidina. The earlier you dig into your a.m. meal, the steadier your blood sugar levels will be and the faster your engine will start humming again. "Ideally, your breakfast should be about 300 calories and contain a combination of complex carbs, protein and healthy fat," Allidina says. To get the right mix, add one to two tablespoons of chia seeds to your smoothie; two tablespoons of nut butter and half a banana, sliced, to your English muffin; or half an apple, chopped, to your oatmeal. Now, get ready for our favorite healthy breakfasts.

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    Thomas' Double Protein Oatmeal English Muffins

    These English muffins are slightly sweeter than the classic variety, and they have nearly twice the protein. "Topped with a little peanut butter, they're the perfect preworkout nosh," an editor said. (150 calories per muffin)

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    Special K Protein Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crunch

    The bold cinnamon taste and long-lasting crunch—even after it's been swimming in milk—wowed our testers. The added seven grams of protein sealed the deal. (110 calories per 3/4 cup)

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    Gluten Free Chex Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

    This hearty cereal makes cold mornings a little easier to face. Just add water, heat in the microwave, top with a dollop of yogurt and enjoy the warm, mapley goodness. (170 calories per pouch)

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    Luna Protein Lemon Vanilla

    Consider this gluten-free bar your new gym bag go-to. It's got the fiber and protein you need in order to eat and run—literally—and 25 percent of your RDA of calcium. Testers liked the way the zesty and sweet flavors balanced each other out. (170 calories per bar)

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    Vitalicious Wild Blueberry VitaTops

    Pop these in the microwave for a minute and they'll "taste like you bought them at the bakery," a staffer said. And with seven grams of fiber and just one gram of fat, they'll perk you up without weighing you down. (100 calories per muffin)

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    What Makes a Winner

    Companies submitted more than 100 new breakfast foods to FITNESS. Our experts—Anar Allidina, R.D., a dietitian in private practice in Toronto; Keri Gans, R.D., the author of The Small Change Diet; and Stephanie Middleberg, R.D., the founder of Middleberg Nutrition in New York City—helped us determine which ones should move on to the next round. Those finalists were sampled and voted on by FITNESS staffers.