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A nutritionist offers her suggestions for those mornings when you don't even have time for a smoothie.

Sarah Klein
March 02, 2018
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If you really believed breakfast to be the most important meal of the day, wouldn’t it be easier to resist the snooze button? The morning meal, while crucial certainly, doesn’t always get as much careful thought and attention as a well-planned, balanced dinner. Which means sometimes you just need to grab something—even if that something is a packaged or processed snack you might otherwise try to avoid. Would you probably be better off making oatmeal with fresh fruit or hard-boiling some eggs? Sure. Do mornings always go as planned? No.

“My favorite breakfast ever is smashed avocado on a high-fiber English muffin or bread with a fried egg on top,” says registered dietitian Jennifer Bowers, PhD. Drool-worthy, right? But even if you don't have the time to smash some avo, you can apply the wisdom of the perfect homemade breakfast to your store-bought picks.

Here's how Bowers suggests doing it: Avoid simple sugars where you can, and focus on fiber and protein. "I need my breakfast to sustain me for at least a few hours, possibly up to five, so fiber and protein are the keys," she says. In general, a bang-for-your-buck breakfast should clock in around 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, she says.

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