Take a Break

The Best Way to Spend Your First Break of the Day

Last updated: Sep 21, 2011

Oatmeal with blueberries

The word breakfast literally means to break the fasting period of your night's sleep so you can refuel for the day. You've been told since you were a schoolkid how this makes it the most important meal of the day. You might not realize how easy preparing a super-nutritious version can be.

Try microwaving a half-cup of oatmeal (soluble fiber) with equal parts water and skim or 1 percent milk (calcium, protein). Add cinnamon (thought to lower blood sugar), walnut pieces (one of the most antioxidant-rich nuts), and blueberries (one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits). The result: low-fat energy that keeps you feeling fuller longer, for under 500 calories. Or try a bowl in place of a later meal, or when you need a hearty, keep-you-going snack.

-- Paula Spencer Scott