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Dinner Diva | Breakfast

As you start to get your breakfast on every morning, you will find yourself eating less, feeling better and possibly losing some body clutter off your “bottom line”. This is how we start our engines every morning…with breakfast. We all know that if we don’t get the car started in the morning, the car goes nowhere. How true this is for our own engines as well!

Keeping all of that in mind, I’ve got some groceries for you to get with brand names, so you can stock your pantry, fridge and freezer for breakfast. For those who live in different countries than the U.S., some of this stuff may be hard to find. But a good deal of it you will be able to find or make substitutions for, no sweat!

Here’s an easy breakfast grocery list based on some good for you stuff that I like to keep on hand:

For the Freezer: frozen waffles (Van’s is a good brand without trans fats, they’re whole grain with quality ingredients), frozen berries and fruit (for smoothies; blueberries for lemon yogurt, yum!), frozen concentrated juice.

For the Fridge: yogurts, yogurt smoothies (my favorite brand for both of these is Stoneyfield Farms), kefir, Egg Beaters, eggs, whole wheat tortillas, single slices of 2 percent lower fat cheese in sharp cheddar (great on a muffin, Kraft makes low-fat cheese the best in my opinion), salsa (for breakfast burritos: scrambled eggs or Egg Beaters, slice of cheese and some salsa all wrapped up in a tortilla), butter, cream cheese, peanut butter (if you’re buying the right kind of peanut butter, it needs to be refrigerated).

For the Pantry: Thomas’ Light English Muffins (only 100 calories and EIGHT grams of fiber!! You can spread cream cheese or peanut butter on them for a great breakfast), Thomas Mini Whole Wheat Bagels (mini is the key word! Did you know that bagels of today are 30 percent larger than they were back in the ’70s?), good whole grain bread (I’m partial to Rudi’s Organic Bakery bread, particularly the 7 Grain with Flax).

I also have a nice big fruit bowl with bananas in it and in the fridge, some fresh blueberries I bought on sale. There’s a cool Produce Saver container that Rubbermaid makes that keeps the berries fresher longer (33 percent longer!). Love those berries mixed in with Greek yogurt, a squeeze of lemon juice, blue agave sweetener and a touch of vanilla, YUM!

I am a HUGE believer in breakfast…you need to be too if you want to feel good, battle your body clutter and set a healthy example for your family!


For more help putting dinner on your table, check out Leanne’s website,, or her Saving Dinner book series (Ballantine) and her New York Times bestselling book Body Clutter (Fireside). Copyright 2009 Leanne Ely. Used by permission in this publication.

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