14 Ways to Build a Better Breakfast

Make the most of your first meal of the day (15 Photos)

Karen Asp on Aug 19, 2012 at 9:51AM

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14 Ways to Build a Better Breakfast

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Don't Skip It

An estimated 56 percent of Americans do, which means they’re missing out on some important morning meal benefits. For example, people who eat breakfast are better able to focus and concentrate throughout the day. Long term, morning munchers find it easier to maintain a healthy weight: “When you eat breakfast, you’re literally breaking the fast, which kicks your metabolism into gear,” says Keri Glassman, R.D., author of The O2 Diet. Breakfast fans also tend to eat fewer calories over the course of a day and aren’t as prone to wild swings in blood sugar, which often push people to nosh carb-rich, high-fat foods like cookies and pizza.

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