OPINION – Everyone hears how breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That is true — it is! Although Breakfast is important it is just as important to make sure we use wisdom on what we are eating for that “most important meal of the day.”

While having pancakes, bacon, eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee may be very filling, is it really the healthiest way to start our day? I would venture to say NOT! That particular breakfast is full of calories, fat and cholesterol. You can start you day with something filling and healthy. Here are a few suggestions:

*Instead of the Sugary Cereals – Eat oatmeal. Oatmeal is a wonderful source of fiber, protein and it lowers your cholesterol. Add fruit like strawberries, cranberries or raisins with a little bit of 100% maple syrup (for that extra energy kick) and you have a filling and healthy breakfast!

*Instead of a fast food Burrito – Make your own. It is quick, taste better and is healthier for you. Use a wheat tortilla and warm it up using just a tad of olive oil. Cook egg white instead of regular eggs for your filling. Add low fat cheese for the inside of your healthy burrito. You may also want to include salsa (watch the salt) or tomatoes, parsley, maybe other herbs in place of table salt. Jolla! Healthy burrito – low in fat, salt, cholesterol and high in fiber, protein, and definitely will get your metabolism going!

*Instead of Waffles and lots of syrup – Try a lightly sweetened multi-grained waffle with strawberries, blueberry, or kiwi. Use that wonderful 100% maple syrup which is so much better than the imitation syrup. Now you are still having a great tasting breakfast!

*Instead of your traditional English muffin – try a multi-grain English muffin. The multi-grain is lower in calories – 130 calories versus 400 calories for a regular English muffin. Also instead of cream cheese try farmer cheese which is low in fat and high in calcium.

*Instead of the traditional pancakes, sausage, potatoes and eggs – try poaching your eggs instead of frying them. When you poach your eggs you get rid of all the fat and use water instead. Exchange pancakes for some multi-grain wheat toast. Pancakes are great tasting, but not great for you. Substituting multi-grain wheat toast is an excellent way to get fiber, and lower the fat in your diet. Try turkey bacon instead of sausage. Sausage is full of fats, calories, and many times additives and preservatives, turkey bacon or even turkey sausage is a better alternative. We love our potatoes but using sweet potatoes for our home fries are delicious. Cut them up like you would regular potatoes and onions, sea salts a bit of pepper. To cut down on the fat, fry them in bit of canola oil. Now you have fried potatoes that are rich in potassium, fiber, vitamin C, carotenoids and low in calories!
By Lynnis Woods-Mullins