Weekly Bits: Rise and Shine

Breakfast: It's the most important meal of the day, and you all shared some great ideas for starting the day off right. Find out if yours made our weekly tops list.

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Breakfast: It's the most important meal of the day, and you all shared some great ideas for starting the day off right. Read on for new twists on morning favorites -- eggs, pancakes and oatmeal.

"I found that grating apple into the mix is another creative way to add moistness and sweet flavor without fat to pancakes. I like topping with peanut butter rather than butter for added healthy fat and a protein boost!" --Fawn

"I like to add some sweet potato puree to add some healthiness for my toddler who refuses to eat his veggies. It also adds to the flavor. I add a little ground flax seed, vanilla extract and cinnamon too." --Amanda

"I am guilty of using a mix for pancakes because I'm too drowsy and rushed in the mornings to measure things from scratch. I cut down the damage by using a buckwheat mix with plenty of fiber and disregard the cooking directions completely (which call for eggs, oil, etc.). Instead, I just use enough light soy milk or applesauce to reach the right consistency and pour them onto the griddle -- I swear they're just as tasty and fluffy as the 'proper' kind!" --Tamara

"You can also whisk 5 to 6 eggs (or the equivalent amount of egg substitute), and then add your favorite low-fat cheese, chopped veggies and/or any meat you prefer (i.e. low-sodium, low-fat turkey, ham, sausage or even Boca crumbles). Then pour the mixture into the cups of a mini muffin pan (spray with cooking spray first) and bake for 20 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees to make your own mini breakfast bites." --Karen

"I don't cook the oats. My aunt gave me this 'recipe,' which I feel is even more healthy. Regular original toasted rolled oats, soy milk (add this first so oats soak up and get soft) -- or you can use regular organic milk or almond milk -- diced apple and any other fruit you like such as blueberries and a little agave syrup. Walnuts or almonds could also be used. Sooo good!"

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