Page 1 of 2You know starting the morning with breakfast sets you up for healthy eating all day long, but when the same packet of microwaved oatmeal just isn't cutting it anymore, it may be time to change up your a.m. routine. Here are eight common breakfast ruts we all fall into from time to time and better options to make your first meal of the day more delicious and energizing.
8 Breakfast Rut Busters
Boring Breakfast #1: Instant Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal
This "healthy" breakfast does only have 130 calories, but is that really enough to keep you going until lunch? Your bowl of oatmeal only has 3 grams of protein, plus it's packed with 12 grams of sugar.
Better Breakfast: Use a slow cooker to prepare unprocessed rolled oats while you sleep and wake up to a warm, delicious breakfast. Include a peeled, diced apple to add fiber and flavor. Top the finished dish with nuts or flaxseed to boost the protein and healthy fats, which will keep you full longer.
Boring Breakfast #2: Chocolate Instant Breakfast Drink
While this grab-and-go "meal" is probably better than nothing, most of the energy it provides comes in the form of 39 grams of sugar! You'll also score 14 grams of protein but there are better ways to get that.
Better Breakfast: Vanilla Pumpkin Protein Shake
For the same number of calories as the bottled drink above, you can quickly whip up this quick and easy protein shake that provides 31 grams of protein and only 11 grams of sugar. Find even more protein shake recipes.
Boring Breakfast #3: Wheat Toast and Jam
There's nothing wrong with this breakfast classic, but this carb-heavy choice won't keep you feeling full for very long.
Better Breakfast: Whole Wheat English Muffin with Peanut Butter and Honey
Adding a tablespoon or two of peanut butter with a touch of honey to a whole-grain bagel or English muffin will provide protein and healthy fat to help you power through your busy morning.
Boring Breakfast #4: Bran Flakes with Skim Milk
The 5 grams of fiber per serving will help keep you full but the flavor isn't likely to inspire you day after day.
Better Breakfast: You can get nearly as much fiber, plus 7 grams of protein in this easy bowl of Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal. You can also boost the protein power of any healthy breakfast cereal by adding a tablespoon or two of chopped nuts.