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Make breakfast matter: Healthy options for every day of the week

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Breakfast really is magic, only it’s not magic—it’s science! Also, there’s coffee. Look, you never see restaurants advertising lunch all day. Maybe it’s because eggs are the king of foods. Or maybe it’s because breakfast weaves such a splendid spell over one’s day that we all want to extend it.

According to Rush University Medical Center, people who eat breakfast generally have a lower BMI and consume less fat throughout the day. Breakfast may also improve memory and attention, especially for school-aged kids.

Have some breakfast, is what we’re saying. Your body (and mouth) will like it, especially with these first-rate healthy options:

  • Get your fiber. And get a jump on it the day before by prepping overnight oats.
  • Start Taco Tuesday early. Perhaps with a gluten-free vegetarian version.
  • Build a better bowl. Forget cereal: A rice and egg bowl tastes better and is way more nutritious.
  • Turn traditional on its head with protein pancakes. Even better with berries, but what isn’t?
  • Eat your veggies (and feed a crowd) with a breakfast casserole—easily adaptable for whatever’s in season and on hand.
  • Splurge with a smoothie. Liquified fruits lose their fiber-tastic benefit and send your blood sugar to the moon. But oh great gardenia these things are delicious! And hey, they beat milkshakes, right?
  • Make healthier use of your muffin tin. Frittata “muffins” bring all the protein and flavor but none of the post-muffin lament.
  • Keep it light. Yogurt parfaits mean your meal looks spiffy and your gut biome is super-happy from all those active cultures.
  • Try a colorful sweet potato hash. Maybe with sausage. Definitely with a couple of eggs on top.

What are you having for breakfast this week? Snap a picture and let us know on social media using the #HancockHealthChallenge hashtag.

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