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9 High-Energy Ways to Start the Day

9 High-Energy Ways to Start the Day

Morning madness can make you feel like food is a time-luxury you can't afford, but slowing down for breakfast can have big benefits. Eating the right breakfast can help control cravings and keep you from over-eating later. 

If you need something to eat for almost anywhere, try fueling up with these 9 breakfasts -- they've got lots of fiber to control cravings, protein to trim appetite, and a dab of healthy fat to keep you full for hours.

Brown Bag
What to take along for the car, bus, or train: A stick of string cheese, a slice of whole-wheat bread, and a cup of seedless red grapes.
212 calories, 10 g protein, 28 g carbohydrate, 7 g fat, 17 g sugar, 3 g fiber

Blender Bliss
Throw everything here into the blender and whip up a delicious smoothie: one small banana, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt, 1/2 tablespoon honey, 1/2 tablespoon flaxseed oil.
357 calories, 15 g protein, 71 g carbohydrate, 7 g fat, 47 g sugar, 5 g fiber

Grab and Go
On even the craziest mornings, there's still time to prime your body with this fast-and-healthy food: a pear or apple, a handful of almonds, and seven low-fat Triscuits.
392 calories, 10 g protein, 54 g carbohydrate, 18 g fat, 18 g sugar, 12 g fiber

Desktop Parfait
Not ready to eat first thing? Take something for later. At home, alternate layers of low-fat vanilla yogurt (1 cup) with 1 cup sliced strawberries in a clear plastic container. Put 1/4 cup Grape Nuts cereal in a baggie and sprinkle on top when you get to work.
253 calories, 10 g protein, 53 g carbohydrate, 1.5 g fat, 28 g sugar, 7 g fiber

Morning Mini Meeting
Even if your meeting's casual enough to eat while you work, think quiet food: half a peanut butter sandwich on whole-wheat bread, a banana, and a half-pint carton of skim milk.
349 calories, 17 g protein, 50 g carbohydrate, 9 g fat, 28 g sugar, 6 g fiber

Before or After Workout
This simple homemade trail mix will get you going: 1 cup Cheerios, seven walnut halves, 2 tablespoons raisins, and a sliced medium apple.
317 calories, 5 g protein, 55 g carbohydrate, 11 g fat, 23 g sugar, 8 g fiber

Convenience Stop
Even mini-marts have some healthy options. Snag a low-fat yogurt, a small orange juice, and a single-serving box of whole-grain cereal.
316 calories, 11 g protein, 54 g carbohydrate, 2 g fat, 25 g sugar, 5 g fiber

The Drive-Through Dash
Not a first choice, but better than nada. At Dunkin' Donuts, get half of a wheat bagel (they're huge), a small OJ, and a half pint of 1% milk.
343 calories, 18 g protein, 70 g carbohydrate, 5 g fat, 24 g sugar, 2 g fiber

Slow Sundays
At last, there's time to savor the day -- and the meal. Start with half a grapefruit. Scramble a large egg with some sauteed veggies and crumbled turkey sausage. Serve with a slice of whole-wheat toast. Relax.
355 calories, 19 g protein, 39 g carbohydrate, 12 g fat, 12 g sugars, 6 g fiber

Find out how your breakfast measures up.

Medically reviewed in November 2018.

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