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What Nutritionists Eat For Breakfast

06/24/2015 08:50 am ET | Updated Jun 25, 2015

It's not all green smoothies. (Hooray for pancakes and French toast!)

By Lynn Andriani

  • 1 5-Ingredient Pancakes You Can Feel Great About
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    We're used to seeing pancakes piled high, topped with pats of butter and doused in syrup, but there's a much lighter way to enjoy these treats. Nutritionist and trainer Franci Cohen regularly whips up a supersimple, flourless batter consisting of old-fashioned oats, egg whites, grated apple and a dash of cinnamon. The key is to let the mixture sit for 5 to 10 minutes before cooking, so the oats plump up from the moisture in the egg and fruit. She ladles spoonfuls onto a griddle, flips them when they start to bubble, puts them on a plate and eats them with fresh berries. The cakes are high in fiber, protein and vitamins, and will keep you full all morning (you may even want to pack an extra in your bag for an afternoon snack).

    Get the recipe: Oatmeal Pancakes
  • 2 Broccoli (Yes, Broccoli)
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    Registered dietician Ashley Koff tries to eat broccoli every day, since it contains glucoraphanin, a phytonutrient that converts to an antioxidant when consumed. She has two favorite ways to eat it; the first, is to add a serving of frozen broccoli to a smoothie (it's great with peach, mango or banana along with a small handful of cashews or hazelnuts, water, ginger and protein powder). Koff also likes to sauté the florets and leaves (which taste sweet) in avocado or coconut oil, then cook an egg, scrambling it right in with the veggies.
  • 3 A Classic Breakfast Food With A Lunchtime Twist
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    Stuffed French toast may sound fancy or fussy, but nutritionists Stephanie Clarke and Willow Jarosh, of C&J Nutrition, swear it's a snap. They both make it regularly, since it fits the bill as a tasty, high-fiber and protein-rich meal. First, they prepare an almond-butter-and-pear sandwich; then, they plunge it into a mixture of milk, egg, vanilla extract and lemon zest. The final step is to sauté the soaked sandwich until it's golden and crispy on both sides.

    Get the recipe: Pear-Almond Butter Stuffed French Toast Recipe
  • 4 A Parfait That's Not What You're Expecting
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    Sophie Jaffe, a yoga teacher, chef and nutritionist, likes to make a layered parfait -- but instead of using the usual yogurt, granola and berries, she mixes up her own puree in a blender, consisting of pitted dates, berries, coconut milk and protein powder. The dates add sweetness and fiber, plus they give the mixture some heft. Then she layers the mixture with nuts, seeds, fresh berries and shredded coconut (yogurt optional!).

    Get the recipe: Superfood Parfait
  • 5 Eggs With A Kick
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    You'd expect nutritionists to love vitamin- and fiber-rich green smoothies, and Trishna Joshi, lead nutritionist for the meal-delivery service The Fresh Diet, is definitely a fan; she often makes one with a whole bag of spinach, plus water, whatever fruits she has on hand and flax or chia seeds. But when she doesn't have time to pull out the blender, Joshi opens the fridge and takes out a few hard-boiled eggs, which she keeps cooked and ready for when she's in a rush. Her go-to way to eat them is to peel them, slice them in half and top each piece with whole-grain mustard and pepper; both add great flavor with very few calories.

  • The Mexican Egg Dish That Makes The Morning Feel Like A Fiesta
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    A fried egg served atop a warmed corn tortilla and smothered in salsa is a delicious way to start your day (or even end it). This shortcut version is slightly different -- the eggs are more omelet-like -- but still wildly tasty. And there's a lot to love about the slow-cooker rendition of huevos rancheros: You can easily feed a crowd all at once (instead of frying eggs to order), and the leftovers are terrific eaten cold or reheated.

    Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Huevos Rancheros
  • A Reason To Love Oatmeal Again
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    Steel-cut oats undergo an amazing transformation in the slow cooker, from pebble-like grains to silky porridge. Making overnight oats is ridiculously easy, too. You just pour the cereal into the pot with water, milk and a dash each of maple syrup and salt. Set to low while you sleep, and in the morning you'll be spooning out a bowl full of the most comforting, rich oatmeal you've ever had.

    Get the recipe: Overnight Oats
  • The Guest-Worthy Rendition Of A Beloved Breakfast Sandwich
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    Soft cubes of baguette, fluffy eggs, juicy sausage and melting cheese come together in this supereasy riff on a sausage, egg and cheese sandwich. This recipe also includes diced red bell pepper; it adds a subtle sweetness and flecks of color. But you could easily swap in broccoli florets or baby spinach, and use any shredded cheese you like.

    Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Breakfast Strata
  • The Granola That's Practically Impossible To Burn
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    Making your own mixture of oats and dried fruits is cheaper, healthier and more customizable than buying granola at the store. But we've charred more batches than we care to admit; because, while spreading it thinly on a baking sheet does help it crisp up nicely, it also seems to make the cereal go from beautiful to burnt in a matter of minutes. Then we realized how easy it is to make in the slow cooker. Thanks to the low, moist heat, there's (almost) no chance you'll toast that coconut into oblivion.

    Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Tropical Granola
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