The Health Benefit of a Nutritious Breakfast
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Amid your hectic morning routine to get out the door, preparing a hearty, wholesome breakfast seems like a fantasy. Delicious as the bagel you opt to grab before walking into the office may be, it won't keep you satiated through lunch. Plus, paying more attention to what you eat for breakfast might take a little more effort (emphasis on little), but the rewards will be more than worth it. "Research shows eating a large breakfast with carbs, protein, and fat helps decrease the production of your appetite hormone, ghrelin, later in the day," says registered dietitian Laura Cipullo. "It takes your body longer to break down protein and fiber into amino acids than it takes the body to break carbohydrates into glucose." This will allow your body to feel full longer while also making sure not to spike or drop your blood sugar while food digests
Luckily, adding more nutrients into your morning mix doesn't have to mean giving up the starchy, carby foods you love. These indulgent breakfasts (yep, waffles and pancakes can be healthy) are infused with the nourishing nutrients you need, so you can get your a.m. healthy breakfast fix without missing your bodega bagel.
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Kashi 7 Grain Waffles
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Made with a blend of seven whole grains, including brown rice, barley, buckwheat, and oats, these nutritious waffles boast 24 grams of whole grains per serving—half of your daily recommended intake—and a whopping 7 grams of filling fiber.
P28 High Protein Bagels
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You won't believe how full you feel after starting your morning with a P28 high-protein bagel. Made with whey protein isolate, these toasty treats pack 28 grams of energizing protein in just 260 calories. Slathered with some almond butter, this bagel is your growling stomach's worst nightmare. (P.S. Whey protein really is the best for building muscle.)
Garden Lites Chocolate Muffins
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With their moist texture and rich flavor, you'd never know that these muffins are made with zucchinis and carrots, giving you half of your daily recommended intake of vitamin A and 3 grams of fiber per muffin.
Nature's Path Frosted Wildberry Açaí Toaster Pastries
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Compared to Pop Tarts, these frosted pastries contain 50 percent more protein per serving. Plus, this organic toaster treat gets the flavor for its fruity filling from real organic fruits like apples, raspberries, and strawberries that are rich in body-healing antioxidants.
FlapJacked Gluten-Free Protein Pancake and Baking Mix
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A combination of gluten-free whole oats, coconut flour, whey protein isolate, and pea protein gives this gluten-free mixture 20 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving for a breakfast that can satisfy any fluffy pancake craving. Whip up a big batch of these pancakes on Sunday night and store them in the fridge. You'll have nutritious breakfasts all week! (Next up: Try these healthy pancake recipes for a delicious and balanced breakfast.)
Quaker Protein Instant Oatmeal
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Prepared with 1/2 cup skim milk, just one packet of this whole-grain oatmeal contains 18 percent of your daily recommended intake of protein and 17 percent of your daily recommended intake of fiber.
Food for Life Flax Sprouted Whole Grain Bread
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Made with organic sprouted grains and dotted with flaxseed, this low-carb bread is a slimming superstar with 5 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per 80-calorie slice.
Van's Power Grains Waffles
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With 10 grams of protein per serving and a subtle taste of cinnamon and vanilla, these satiating waffles are as healthy as they are delicious. Plus, these protein-packed powerhouses have 50 percent less heart-harming sodium than the leading brand of frozen waffles.