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What are the best foods to eat for breakfast?

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It’s a good idea to have something small within an hour of waking up. Resist that pastry or doughnut, though. Your best bet is a mix of foods with carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Carbs give you energy right away, and the protein gives you energy later on. Fiber keeps you feeling full.

Try a whole-grain cereal, low-fat milk and fruit, or a breakfast smoothie made from low-fat yogurt, fruit, and a teaspoon of bran. Nuts or whole-grain granola bars are also easy options.

SOURCES:

KidsHealth.org: “Breakfast Basics.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Breaking the Fast.”

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: “Breakfast.”

Kaiser Permanente: “The Importance of Eating a Good Breakfast.”

American Diabetes Association: “The Importance of Breakfast.”

Brown, A.W. , published online Sept. 4, 2013. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

University of Alabama at Birmingham: “The Breakfast Debate: New Study Determines Whether It Helps With Weight Loss.”

The Hospital for Sick Children: “The Importance of a Healthy Breakfast.”

American Academy of Pediatricians: “The Case for Eating Breakfast.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 27, 2018

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SOURCES:

KidsHealth.org: “Breakfast Basics.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Breaking the Fast.”

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: “Breakfast.”

Kaiser Permanente: “The Importance of Eating a Good Breakfast.”

American Diabetes Association: “The Importance of Breakfast.”

Brown, A.W. , published online Sept. 4, 2013. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

University of Alabama at Birmingham: “The Breakfast Debate: New Study Determines Whether It Helps With Weight Loss.”

The Hospital for Sick Children: “The Importance of a Healthy Breakfast.”

American Academy of Pediatricians: “The Case for Eating Breakfast.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 27, 2018

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