5 Simple Swaps for Healthier Breakfasts

Dubbed the most important meal of the day, breakfast is something you definitely want to make sure you’re doing right in order to set yourself up for a productive, energized day. Keep things healthy in the a.m. by skipping common-but-unideal options, like sugary cereals, and replacing them with these nutritious, tasty swaps that are sure to become instant staples to a well-balanced morning.

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Instead of butter, try peanut butter.

If you enjoy starting your day with a bagel or toast (whole wheat, of course)  topped with a bit of butter, simply replace your go-to spread with some peanut butter. The creamy nut butter will give you a sweet, slightly indulgent feel, so you won’t feel like you’re missing much, but it will seriously up the protein content of your breakfast. This in turn will keep you feeling full all the way through lunch, and will give you a ton of energy to get through the morning.

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Instead of sugar, try cinnamon.

Have trouble downing your morning cup of Joe without a teaspoon or two of sugar? Skip the sweet addition and instead try sprinkling your coffee with some cinnamon. As an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, among other things, cinnamon adds a serious nutritional upgrade to your coffee, while the spice’s rich flavor helps make sure that you don’t miss the sugar.

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Instead of orange juice, try an orange. 

A glass of orange juice makes for a refreshing addition to any balanced breakfast, but, unfortunately, added sugars often make store-bought juices a little problematic when it comes to keeping things healthy. Instead of the juice, you’re better off simply reaching for an actual orange. Not only does the fruit come without the additives that make juice less than ideal, but it still has the most nutritious elements, like fiber, intact.

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Instead of cereal, try oatmeal.

There’s a certain comfort that comes with a bowl of cereal in the morning, but since a lot of breakfast cereals are packed with sugar and little nutritional value, that sense of comfort (and satiation) isn’t likely to last long into your morning. Instead, go for a bowl of warm oatmeal. Topped with anything from fresh fruits and nuts to dried fruits and nut butters, fiber-packed oatmeal – when made using natural rolled or quick oats – is an incredibly versatile breakfast option that is equally filling and energizing, regardless of the additions that you choose to pair it with.

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Instead of bacon, try turkey bacon. 

Just because you’re a strong proponent of “waking up and smelling the bacon,” that doesn’t mean that the bacon you smell in the a.m. necessarily has to be pig bacon. Whether or not you think that turkey bacon is a worthy substitute for its pork counterpart, the fact is that replacing the former for the latter can help cut back on calories and fat. Of course, even turkey bacon isn’t ideal – it has a lot of sodium, for example – so you’ll want to make sure that you’re still eating it in moderation.

 

Starting your day off with a healthy breakfast is one way to make sure that you are energized all day. Another key element? Make sure that you get a good night’s sleep! Try a bit of reBloom at bedtime to help you enjoy a restful slumber – and to help you conquer your day!

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