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Making breakfast a daily habit helps you ward off weight gain by reducing hunger later in the day, jump-starting your day with healthy choices, and giving you a boost of energy. Start your morning off with these seven low-cal and nutritious breakfast recipes.
Scrambled Egg Burritos
Ready in 15 minutes, this Southwestern treat contains 15 grams of filling protein and a spicy kick.
Ingredients: Eggs, low-fat milk, cilantro, butter, low-fat cheddar cheese, fat-free tortillas, tomatoes, chunky salsa
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Photo: Kate Sears
Cornflake Crunch French Toast
The cornflakes add a nice crunch to traditional French toast, and you can alter this recipe (use skim milk, low-calorie wheat bread) to make it lighter or more decadent.
Ingredients: Cornflakes, eggs, low-fat milk, vanilla extract, whole-wheat bread, butter, maple syrup, fresh fruit
Calories: 149 per piece (approximate)
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Photo: Randy Mayor
Banana Corn Muffins
These moist, sweet muffins go with almost anything and are a great way to use a ripe banana. Plus, bananas include resistant starch, which may ward off belly fat.
Ingredients: Banana, reduced-fat milk, corn muffin mix, cooking spray
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Scrambled Eggs With Smoked Salmon, Spinach, and Chives
This protein-packed wake-up call is full of heart-healthy good fats. And skipping cheese saves you 40 calories and 2 grams of saturated fat per serving!
Ingredients: Olive oil, eggs, smoked salmon, low-fat cream cheese, fresh spinach, whole-wheat English muffins, chives
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Photo: Charles Masters
Greek Yogurt, Chocolate, Walnut, and Wild Blueberry Parfaits
Dark chocolate and blueberries are both rich in heart-healthy antioxidants. Mix them together in this recipe and trigger even more heart-helping power.
Ingredients: Blueberries, Greek-style yogurt, dark-chocolate chips, oat granola, walnuts
Calories: 265 (approximate)
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Photo: Randy Mayor
Ham and Cheese Scones
Get the flavors of your favorite drive-thru breakfast with this lighter, savory scone. Use fat-free buttermilk, reduced-fat cheese, and low-sodium ham, and you can indulge guilt-free.
Ingredients: All-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, ground red pepper, butter, reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese, low-sodium ham, fat-free buttermilk, egg whites
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Oatmeal With Apples, Hazelnuts, and Flaxseed
This hearty breakfast if full of fiber, heart-healthy fats, and calcium. But the combination of sweet and tart flavors is the reason you'll rise and shine each morning.
Ingredients: Hazelnuts, fat-free milk, oats, Granny Smith apples, flaxseed, cinnamon, vanilla extract, brown sugar, slivered almonds
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