Luckily, solutions to a repetitive breakfast rut exist in the form of delicious recipes that can easily be implemented in your kitchen. And while some tasty morning meals come at the expense of a high calorie count, options exist for a healthier energy boost to get your day started.
According to a study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who eat breakfast are more physically active in the mornings than people who don’t eat breakfast. To give yourself a wake-up call each day, find recipes that fit your timeframe and taste preferences.
The USDA MyPlate Food Guide recommends a balanced variety of foods from all of the major food groups, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low- or non-fat dairy and lean protein. These Oat Bran Blueberry Muffins, courtesy of registered dietitian Shanna Stewart of Wellness For The Win, fill several of those all-important categories, including the grains from uncooked hot cereal and vitamin D from skim milk, for a way to stay energized throughout your morning. These on-the-go breakfast bites are a healthier alternative to store-bought muffins that are normally loaded with calories and fat.
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Oat Bran Blueberry Muffins
- 2 cups oat bran hot cereal, uncooked
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar substitute
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
- 1 cup skim milk
- 2 egg whites, slightly beaten
- 1/4 cup honey or molasses
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- Heat oven to 425°F.
- Line 12 muffin cups with paper baking cups or spray bottoms only with non-stick cooking spray.
- In bowl, combine oat bran cereal, brown sugar substitute, baking powder and salt, if desired; mix well.
- Add milk, egg whites, honey, oil and blueberries; mix just until dry ingredients are moistened. Do not over-mix.
- Fill prepared muffin cups about three-quarters full.
- Bake 15-17 minutes, or until golden brown.