Do you just grab a cup of coffee in the morning and call it breakfast? Well, that's just not enough to sustain you through the morning.
Howard University registered dietician Katherine Manuel said it's easy to eat a healthy breakfast, but it requires more than just switching to whole wheat toast. She said your breakfast should be individualized according to your state of well being and whether or not you have a particular disease.
Diabetics, for example, need to eat the right proportion of sugar and carbohydrates. Her suggestion for breakfast for diabetics includes grapefruit, bran cereal, skim milk and whole wheat toast with margarine.
If you have high cholesterol, Manuel said you don't have to eat oatmeal everyday. She said to try an egg substitute so you get the benefits of an egg without the fat and cholesterol contained in the yolk. Along with the egg subsitute, she said, add whole wheat toast, orange juice with pulp and milk.
If you're trying to lose weight, Manuel said keep your breakfast low in calories and high in fiber. She suggested a breakfast of bran cereal, skim milk and an orange. That's 310 calories and 13 grams of fiber.
And if you just worked out, you might be tempted to go for the low-calorie meal, but Manuel said you have to get some extra protein in your breakfast. She said you're using up your energy supply and you need to replace it as soon as possible.
But she said you have to replenish it with the right type of energy-producing foods. She said this breakfast should include low-fat cottage cheese, fruit and a mini bagel with cream cheese. That's 18 grams of protein right there.