Whether you need something you can whip up in a few minutes or a grab-and-go meal, we've got six ideas for quick and easy breakfasts that won't make you pack on the pounds.
If you need a balanced breakfast on the go, grab some apple slices, 2 percent milk cheese chunks and a handful of your favorite nuts (walnuts and almonds are our favorites). You can even prepare this the night before. Just store the apple slices in water with a squeeze of lemon juice to prevent browning.
There's nothing like oatmeal to give you that extra boost you need in the morning. Make a "baked" version in about 5 minutes in a coffee mug.
Just lightly beat an egg in the mug, then add a half cup of quick-cooking oats, a half cup of milk, 3 inches of mashed banana, a dash or two of cinnamon (or clove or nutmeg), a half cup of soy or almond milk, a couple tablespoons of honey and about half a cup of sliced fruit (like apple or peach) or berries. Pop it in the microwave for a couple of minutes, then fluff it with a fork. You can add extra milk or butter (or even nuts) if you want.
Toast up two whole-wheat frozen waffles and smear them with reduced-fat peanut butter or Nutella. Then top them with your favorite berries or some banana slices and honey for an easy-to-eat breakfast on the fly.
Like a liquid breakfast to sip on your morning commute? Toss a half cup of berries or chopped fruit into a blender with 2 ounces of low-fat vanilla yogurt, a little more than half a cup of milk and/or fruit juice, a pinch or two of your favorite no-calorie sweetener and a handful of ice cubes, and blend until smooth.
Sure, eggs are quick to cook, but you won't waste a minute with this recipe. Beat together a few eggs with a tablespoon of milk for each egg in a large mug or bowl. Stir in a tablespoon or two of salsa, a sprinkling of reduced-fat cheese and salt and pepper, and cook it in the microwave on high for 45 seconds at a time, stirring between each session, until it resembles scrambled eggs. Spoon the whole mixture out into a heated tortilla and go.
This is a great one for the kids. Mix 1-1/2 cups or so of bran, rice or wheat cereal with fruit (i.e., Raisin Bran, Special K Red Berries, etc.) with a cup of low-fat frozen vanilla yogurt. Top it with a small handful of chopped nuts for added protein, and you'll feel like you're cheating when you're not!
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