Breakfast Ideas to Jump-Start Your Day

Breakfast Ideas to Jump-Start Your Day

Whole grain cereal with low-fat milk is a great breakfast option. But go ahead and get creative: Try adding fruit or yogurt to your bowl or eating nontraditional morning foods for breakfast. It is important to choose from several different food groups such as high-fiber whole grains and low-fat dairy products and meats. Including fresh fruits and/or vegetables is always a good idea, too.

Traditional but delicious

You don't need to re-invent the wheel to find a great breakfast. Here are a few American breakfast favorites that will remind you why breakfast is worth eating:

  • Whole grain, high-fiber cereal with low-fat milk
  • Whole grain, high-fiber bar and a cup of low-fat milk
  • Toasted whole grain waffle with sliced fruit and yogurt
  • All-natural peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat toast
  • Oatmeal with applesauce or raisins
  • Fruit smoothie blended with juice and yogurt
  • All-natural almond butter on a whole grain English muffin
  • Egg white omelet with plenty of sautéed veggies inside

Think outside the box

Here are several breakfast ideas that draw on regional or international breakfast traditions. Or, use your imagination to create your own morning meal that is both enjoyable and satisfying. Don't forget to add a side of fresh fruit to any of these options:

  • Whole grain crackers with thinly sliced low-fat cheese
  • Reheated brown rice and a hard-boiled egg
  • Grits with low-fat cheese (add some chiles or hot sauce, if you like)
  • Pita bread with low-fat yogurt or low-fat feta cheese
  • Brown rice and beans with salsa fresca
  • Chicken noodle soup or a hearty vegetable stew
  • Broiled fish with brown rice and seasoned seaweed
  • Last night's leftover veggie pizza

Learn why breakfast is so important and how to make breakfast a habit

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