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Breakfast on the Run: Thinking Outside the Box

Is your quick breakfast as healthy as you think?

Fast and Healthy Breakfast Tips continued...

2. Ultra High-Fiber Smoothie. Into a blender container, put one serving of unflavored, no-fat yogurt; one serving of any whole-wheat dry cereal; a banana; and a tablespoon of orange juice concentrate. Blend into a nutrition-packed, high-fiber smoothie.

3. Restaurant Requests. When dining out, skip the white-flour pancakes and greasy cheese omelet. Opt for whole-wheat or buckwheat pancakes, skip the syrup and butter, and ask for a bowl of fresh fruit instead. When ordering an omelet, ask that it be made with egg whites only and request veggies -- but no cheese -- inside.

4. Cut Coffee Calories. When ordering your favorite '"wake me up'" coffee drink, skip the cream, half-and-half, and whole milk, and go easy on the sugar. Instead, order a "skinny" latte made with skim milk, no whipped cream. Be sure to enjoy your hot drink with some type of fiber (like a whole-wheat English muffin) and some protein (try a spread of nut butter).

5. Really Think Outside the Box. Remember that you don't have to eat '"breakfast' foods" for breakfast. Anything nutritious -- including cold pizza with low-fat cheese, leftover vegetables and whole-wheat crackers, or a grilled cheese sandwich -- can work for breakfast.

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Reviewed on November 28, 2005

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