8 Healthy and Delicious Breakfast Ideas

A better way to start the day before running out the door

Whole-Wheat Gingerbread Scones

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. According to Mayo Clinic nutritionist Katherine Zeratsky, eating breakfast every day can help quell hunger pangs throughout the day and reduce the risk of overeating to compensate for the missed meal. Eating breakfast can also help to regulate insulin levels and help you feel peppier throughout the day, instead of droopy like a flat of wilted basil — and nobody wants to feel like that.

Moreover, eating a healthy breakfast may motivate you to keep making the right choices for the rest of the day — even if they're seemingly insignificant ones, like choosing whole-wheat bread over white, or having a cup of fruit and yogurt instead of some chips as a between-meal snack. Eating breakfast sets the right tone for the rest of the day.

However, according to a 2011 study cited in the Huffington Post, approximately one in 10 American adults skip breakfast altogether. Why? The reasons are easy to guess — many people cited not having the time, not being in the mood to eat, or just having no appetite in the morning. The idea of waking up about 15 minutes earlier every day to whip up a quick breakfast (or planning ahead the night before) may not sound appealing at first, but the potential for weight loss and increased energy levels definitely makes it worth a try.

And as for not feeling hungry in the morning? Well, that's a bit of a catch-22. Not feeling hungry comes from not regularly eating breakfast; start eating breakfast and you'll probably start feeling hungry in the morning. The body becomes inured to bad habits, but it's important to remember that you're in control of your body, not the other way around.

So, create a fresh, new routine with these eight recipes. Go ahead. You'll never go back.

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