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Eat a healthy breakfast every day

Take This Action Commit to this action for yourself to help overcome the obesity epidemic.

Eating breakfast is linked with lower body weight and less weight gain over time7. People who skip breakfast often "make up" for it by eating high-calorie foods later in the day. Choosing healthful breakfast foods, like fruit, non-fat yogurt, and ready-to-eat whole-grain, low-sugar cereals8, is key.

Tips for Eating Breakfast Every Day

  • Try to plan your daily meals, including breakfast, in advance.
  • If you can't eat at home, pack breakfast the night before and bring it to eat "on the go" or at your desk.
  • Try to include healthy foods that will keep you full, like whole grains, fruit, and low-fat protein-rich foods.
    • Example meal at home: √Ǭæ cup cooked oatmeal with √Ç¬Ω cup berries and 8 oz. skim milk
    • Example meal for "on the go": whole whole-grain granola bar, 4 oz. low-fat yogurt, 1 medium banana
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Thirty-one million Americans skip breakfast every day. Most adults report that they're too rushed or don't have the time for breakfast.