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What Is a Healthy Breakfast?

What should you eat for breakfast? Registered dietitian Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D., shows the three key ingredients of a nutritious, satisfying breakfast that will keep you feeling full throughout the morning, plus ideas for quick, healthy breakfasts you can make at home.

Hi, I'm Kerri-Ann. I'm here in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, and today I'm going to talk about how to plan a healthy breakfast. When you're planning a healthy breakfast, there are three things to think about: whole grains, lean protein and fruit. Whole grains give you more vitamins and minerals, fiber and antioxidants than refined grains. Fiber helps you stay full throughout the morning. Think about getting whole grains through oatmeal, some whole-grain cereal or whole-grain bread. Lean protein also provides staying power. Two ways to get protein at breakfast are eggs and nut butters. But breakfast is also a great time to get a serving of dairy. So you can think about milk or yogurt as two ways to get both protein and dairy. Fruits and vegetables deliver a lot of healthy nutrients. If you go with whole fruit rather than fruit juice, you'll be getting fiber too. Eating fruits and vegetables at breakfast helps you to meet your daily goal. Let's put all these three ingredients together to make a healthy breakfast. Here we have scrambled eggs on English muffin with avocado and sliced tomato. Next, we have some yogurt for both protein and dairy, topped with berries for fruit and granola for whole grains. And lastly, we have some whole-grain toast, spread with almond butter for protein and sliced pear for the fruit element. Remember, the three keys of a healthy breakfast: whole grains, lean protein and fruit.

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