How do I get more whole grains in the morning? I am not a big breakfast fan but I know that I need to start eating in the morning. Lately I have been grabbing a granola bar on my way out the door.

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. If you are not a consistent breakfast eater, it can be a bit challenging to consistently get something down in the morning. So, I suggest starting slowly. First try to at least have a glass of 100% fruit juice or a piece of fruit or cup of low fat yogurt. Then start to move towards solid food. Whole grains are a great addition to the morning meal. Begin to experiment with making your own granola. Use flax seeds, oat bran, rolled oats, and then add dried fruit or nuts and combine using a little canola oil, vanilla, and honey. This can be baked and you can combine this with low fat Greek yogurt for an excellent but quick and on the go breakfast. Another whole grain idea is using steel cut oats. These take a little longer to cook, so I would recommend whipping up a batch on the weekend and then heating it by the bowl in the a.m. Next, there are many different brands of cereal out there that are packed with good nutrition. Begin to check the label and look for choices with 3-5+ grams of dietary fiber per serving. Choose brands with lower sugar and fat contents also. If you just want a simple quick breakfast, I am a big fan of fruit smoothies. The night before take a blender and clean it and place on the counter. Now get your ingredients together and keep them close in the refrigerator. Include frozen fruit, yogurt and low sugar juice (Healthy Balance). Simply place some ice cubes in the blender along with the ingredients, mix, pour into a travel mug…and you have a quick and easy breakfast. You can even increase the whole grain content of the smoothie by adding ground flax seeds or wheat germ along with the other ingredients.

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