For Teens Only: Breakfast Beyond Eggs

Non-egg-breakfasts-w-color-(c)Eggs are a great breakfast choice for teens with acne-zapping, brain-fueling, immune-boosting nutrients, not to mention all that muscle-building protein (for details see For Teens Only: Egg-Cellent News!). But you may not eat eggs or just like to enjoy them occasionally. If so, not to worry. There are plenty of egg-free breakfast options to help fuel even your busiest day.

Need inspiration? Here are six breakfast ideas to power up your morning without eggs:

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For Teens Only: Egg-Cellent News!

10_egg.ftwc-300-small-cIt’s official, whole eggs are back on the menu. Gone are the days… ok, decades … of banishing nutrient-rich egg yolks from the daily plate.

Yes, it’s time to overcome the unfounded fear that eating those golden yolks (and other foods) would raise blood cholesterol and increase the risk for heart disease just because they contain dietary cholesterol.

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For Teens Only: 5 Ways to Up the Power of Breakfast

High Protein Breakfast FoodsDon’t just eat breakfast, make it high in protein. It could help make you healthy, wealthy and wise. Well, I don’t know about the wealthy part, but if you have your health you have everything. Right?

This is especially true for overweight teens focused on achieving a healthy goal weight. In fact, teens who eat breakfast with at least 35 grams of protein are rewarded with a wide range of health benefits, according to university research. For all the study details, see our post A Breakfast with Serious Benefits.

For now, here are five simple ways you can power up your breakfast:

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For Overweight Teens Only: A Breakfast with Serious Benefits

High-protein breakfastIf you’re an overweight teen who regularly skips breakfast, you are missing out on some serious benefits, a new study finds. Turns out, eating one specific kind of breakfast can deliver a host of body benefits tailor-made just for you. This is not your garden-variety breakfast of cereal and milk, rather it’s a breakfast rich in one multitasking nutrient: protein.

When you make a high-protein breakfast part of your new morning routine, you could be on your way to preventing body fat gain, curbing hunger and keeping your blood sugar on a more even keel all day long. And, you’ll likely finish your day eating significantly fewer – yes, fewer – calories. Read on for all the details. This study just may be the inspiration you need to not only reclaim breakfast, but make it your most powerful meal of the day.

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For Teens Only: Finding a Better Yogurt (Part 2)

Greek cherry yogurt brandsWe shared our best pick of popular brands of regular cherry yogurt in a previous post. Now, it’s time to focus on Greek-style varieties. For this evaluation, we reviewed 8 popular brands (without artificial sweeteners), and they all have a lot in common.

First, all the brands have live probiotic cultures (one of eight things you can do to boost your immune health). Next, they all have some added sugar — 4 to 5 teaspoons per 5.3-ounce serving (less is best). (Note: The typical serving size for Greek yogurt is smaller than the typical 6-ounce serving for regular yogurt.)

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For Teens Only: Finding a Better Yogurt (Part 1)

Teens Best Cherry YogurtYogurt tops our list of delicious foods. It’s something about that perfect blend of sweet and tart delivered in a creamy texture that gets the taste buds singing. It’s also a nutrient powerhouse that delivers health benefits perfectly suited for teens.

Yogurt is a source of protein that fuels active muscles. It’s a source of calcium, which is so critical during the teenage bone-building years. And, if you choose a Greek-style yogurt, it’s an especially rich source of the amino acid leucine, which stimulates muscle protein synthesis … a terrific choice for teen athletes who want to build more muscle (see our post on weight training for teens for more details). Finally, yogurt can be a source of probiotics, and consuming probiotics is one of eight things you can do to boost your immune health. It’s easy to see why yogurt is a great choice, whether as a breakfast staple, a power snack or tasty dessert.

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For Overweight Teens Only: Look Leaner, Instantly

Stand tall, look leanerThere’s no doubt about it, if you want to lose excess weight, it’s all about making minor adjustments to your diet and lifestyle habits. But as any overweight teen knows, some days are a breeze. While others are a real struggle when simply passing on a sugary soda and reaching for water can feel like a Herculean effort.

Don’t let anyone fool you, it takes effort to shape the daily habits needed to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. You should celebrate even the smallest of victories like drinking water instead of soda. After all, they all add up, snowball even, into a healthy lifestyle that delivers you the ultimate prize: a leaner, healthier you.

While you work on your weight loss goal, there’s no reason you can’t look slimmer today.

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