One more reason to make time for breakfast: Your first meal of the day is key to scoring a slim, toned body. Here's why: While you're asleep (at least six hours for most people), your body goes into "starvation mode" and holds onto fat. To break this cycle and kickstart your fat-burning furnace (metabolism), you need to fuel up (eat something!). Eating a combination of complex carbs, healthy fats, and protein shortly after you wake up will provide you with the energy you need to get through your morning, prevent muscle loss, and stoke your metabolism.

I'm grateful to have found a local spot in Santa Barbara called Backyard Bowls. They are an eco-friendly business that focuses on unprocessed, nutrient-dense foods from the area. But since not everyone has access to Backyard Bowls, here are three of my favorite morning meals you can make at home. Each simple recipe is high in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They're also low on the glycemic index, low-fat, and naturally sweet. Enjoy!

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