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7 Step Plan for Healthy Living


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Breakfast is a habit to cultivate
Yogurt with fruit is a breakfast option full of calcium and antioxidants.
Yogurt with fruit is a breakfast option full of calcium and antioxidants.
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Research shows that breakfast-eaters consume fewer calories at lunch and dinner and are less likely to snack compulsively the rest of the day. What you have for breakfast matters. A study found that people who kicked off the day with eggs or pastries ate more saturated fat throughout the day than people who had cereal and fruit for breakfast.

  • A breakfast that's high in fiber and carbohydrates but low in fat gets your metabolism moving faster. Breakfast skippers burn fewer calories.
  • Good grab-and-go breakfasts are a banana or a bag of dry cereal such as oat squares (oats lower "bad" LDL cholesterol levels).
  • Mix berries into plain yogurt for a calcium and antioxidant boost.
  • If you're opting for an energy bar, check the label carefully and pick the one with the least calories and saturated fat.

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