Food Q&A: Breakfast Boredom

Our nutritionist finds healthy breakfast ideas to treat your taste buds in the AM.
chef nutritionist and food editor Leslie Fink, MS, RD, answers readers' questions about food, nutrition and weight loss.

Q: I need healthy breakfast ideas. I've been eating Cream of Wheat, but I'm getting burnt out on it.

A: It sounds like time for you to shake things up a bit. And speaking of shakes, how about a smoothie? Blend fat-free or light vanilla yogurt with skim milk, ice cubes and berries. Or try a yogurt sundae: Layer fat-free or light yogurt with the sliced fruit of your choice and a few tablespoons of your favorite healthy cereal. I recommend low-fat granola for the biggest crunch.

For nondairy items, egg white omelets are always a winner. Simply scramble whisked egg whites in a nonstick pan with chopped or diced vegetables. Season with salt and pepper and serve with light toast. Or try a different bread and egg combo by making your own French toast: Soak light bread in whisked egg whites and a splash of skim milk. Then brown the bread on both sides in a nonstick skillet; top with banana slices and drizzle with light maple syrup.

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