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fresh starts
un-boring your breakfast

by Yee-Fan Sun 
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Sure, it makes sense when you think about. Breakfast, as they were always hammering into our heads when we were growing up, should be the most important meal of the day. After all, we need nutrients to kick-start our half-asleep brains into action, energy to propel these sleepy bods into the day. But let’s face it: on busy weekday mornings, when we’re all trying to squeeze in every last second of sleep possible before we have to face the long workday, it’s awfully hard to spare a few extra moments on thoughts of food.

A big part of the problem, of course, is that the typical weekday breakfast is a complete bore to actually eat. There’s plain cereal with milk; there’s toast or other bread product with butter. There’s nothing wrong with these foods; done well, they can actually taste good. But consuming them day in and day out turns breakfast into just another dull chore. We eat breakfast because we’re supposed to; we turn it into an uninspired routine.

The key to adding a little fun to your morning meal? Change it up! Here are a few quick and simple ideas for putting together a quick weekday breakfast you’ll actually look forward to eating…

1 Killer cereal. A big part of the blah of eating cereal for breakfast is that there’s no variety in the meal. Every day, you reach for the same box and add milk; no surprise then that your taste buds quickly get bored. An easy way to change up the flavors a bit? Throw in fresh fruit! Try sliced banana one day, chopped pear or apple and maybe a sprinkle of cinnamon, the next. If chopping and coring your fruit is more effort than you can muster first thing in the morning, go with fresh raspberries, blackberries or blueberries. Fruit brings more flavor, texture and nutritive value to the old bowl of cereal, and only adds an extra 60 seconds or so onto your morning breakfast routine to boot. It’s also a good idea to stock a few cereal base options -- rotate them instead of grabbing the same box day after day, or better yet, try mixing your cereals.

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