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8 Heart-Healthy Breakfasts

Start your day off on the right foot with one of these breakfast ideas. Each has between 300 and 500 calories, and is just what you need to keep your heart pumping.  

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Yogurt and Muffin

1 cup mixed fresh fruit (melon, banana, apple, strawberries and peaches) topped with 1 small container (175 g) of low-fat yogurt and 25 g almonds. Serve with 1 small whole-wheat muffin and 3/4 cup milk.

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Scrambled Eggs on Toast

Scramble 2 eggs in a little olive oil. Serve with broiled tomatoes and a slice of toast and 2⁄3 cup fruit juice

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Mushroom Sauté

Stir-fry 50 g of mushrooms in a little oil, and serve with 1 whole-wheat muffin spread with 1 teaspoon margarine.

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Cereal-Plus Breakfast

Try 3 tablespoons whole-grain cereal (choose one with at least 3 g fibre per serving) with 2⁄3 cup milk, 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts and a few strawberries, raspberries or blueberries.

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Peanut Butter Bagel

Lightly toast 1 whole-wheat cinnamon bagel and spread with 1 tablespoon crunchy peanut butter. Top with a sliced banana. Serve with 3⁄4 cup milk.

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Smoothie

Whiz 1 cup orange juice, 75 g frozen strawberries, and a small container low-fat vanilla or plain yogourt in a blender. Serve with 1 or 2 slices whole-wheat toast with 1 teaspoon margarine.

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Tropical Muesli

Stir 3 tablespoons of sugar-free muesli into 175 g low-fat yogourt and add 1 diced mango. Serve with 3⁄4 cup milk.

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Oatmeal and Fruit

A bowl of oatmeal, mixed with 1 to 2 tablespoons or wheat germ, or 2 tablespoons raisins, or 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 cup strawberries, raspberries or blueberries, or 1 small chopped banana.