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Lighter Breakfast Recipes

Martha Stewart Living, December 2004

People who eat breakfast know the comforting ritual of starting each morning with something to eat. People who skip breakfast should know better. As the saying goes, it's the most important meal of the day; according to the American Dietetic Association, breakfast stabilizes blood sugar, gives your mind and body energy, and facilitates weight control.

That said, indulgent standbys -- carb-laden pancakes, waffles, bagels -- can be heavy enough to send you right back to bed. This is even more true at this time of year, when so many other meals are filled with tempting foods, too.

The key now and into the new year, experts say, is to get the most out of the meal that starts the day: Make it as nutritious as possible, including at least two or three food groups, energy-producing proteins, and a solid mix of vitamins and minerals.

Try one of these healthful breakfasts with satisfying ingredients and fewer calories than many morning foods. Then try another. You'll get so used to the boost it gives you each day that having a good breakfast will become a habit you won't want to break.

Poached Eggs with Spinach and Tomatoes
Rye Toasts with Smoked Salmon, Cucumber, and Red Onion
Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Lemon
Hard-Boiled Egg Whites with Avocado