AVOID MORNING MADNESS. Prep the night before.
Set the table, and take out any necessary cooking
equipment. Make muffins, mixed fruit compote, baked
apples or hot cereal that can be warmed fast in the
IT LEAN: Use richly flavored fat-free fruit butters
or yogurt cheese as a spread on toast or bagels. Try
cottage cheese and chopped fruit in a tortilla roll-up
sandwich. Top low-fat waffles or pancakes with applesauce
instead of butter and syrup.
FORGET THE OJ: Have juice, milk or water along
with your coffee. Eating a piece of fruit actually
provides longer-lasting energy than drinking juice
since it's digested more slowly.
Eggs are a great source of vitamins, minerals and
high-quality proteins. Egg yolks, unfortunately, are
also high in cholesterol. The American Heart Association
says that egg yolks should be limited to four per
week, so make egg dishes with one whole egg and two
egg whites per serving. This formula works for French
toast, scrambled eggs and omelets. To save time, whisk
and season the eggs the night before.
OPTIONS: Oversleep? Here are some healthy breakfasts
that take seconds: toast spread with peanut butter
and slices of banana, a bag of fiber-rich dried cereal
with raisins and nuts added, a low-fat granola bar
or a hard-boiled egg.
WEEKEND TREATS: Plan a leisurely breakfast, such
as pancakes or French toast, for Saturday or Sunday,
and stockpile some for weekday mornings. The same
goes for muffins. Wrap them individually and freeze
them. They'll microwave in a minute.