Breakfast facts

Eat breakfast like a king or queen, lunch like a prince or princess, and dinner like a pauper...This old aphorism still applies when it comes to calories in and expenditure out. Too many people skip or skimp on breakfast, setting them up for a day of nutrition deprivation and slowing the metabolic furnace that burns their calories. The key is to eat breakfast first, then eat a healthy breakfast second.
I prefer getting my daily quota of fiber early in the day to help the gut do its job. We all need 25 grams of fiber daily, and most Americans get a paltry 10-15 grams on average. Cereal is ubiquitous and I indulge in high-fiber cereals daily, my recommended ones with at least 5 grams of fiber per serving are Bran Flakes, Frosted Mini-Wheats and Raisin Bran. For those counting worried about sugar, Bran Flakes has only 1/3- 1/2 the calories of the other two, mainly because there is no sugar coating to the flakes.

Share with me what your favorite breakfast items are and why, and I'll compile and review their nutrition profile for us all in this column.

Eat well, live well, stay healthy.

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