My Favorite Healthy Breakfast

01/07/2011 10:32 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Maria Rodale CEO and Chairman of Rodale, Inc. and book author

OK, let's get real. This time of year it's about focusing on health, not indulgence. And as much as some people out there would like to cultivate the fantasy that every morning involves either some sort of breakfast casserole or stack o' pancakes, the truth is we girls on the go need a reliable breakfast that is quick, easy, healthy, and filling.

I don't have time to make oatmeal from scratch (and the instant stuff is too yuck for me). As much as I love eggs, and eat both the yellows and the whites, I don't have time or inclination to eat them every day, either. So I'm about to reveal my most trusty, reliable breakfast, that not only keeps me full until lunch, but has, I think, helped me lose some weight this past year, too (along with all the running and riding!).

Here it is: yogurt with nuts. The variations are endless. But the basic recipe is one container of Stonyfield organic yogurt with the lid off, topped with a handful of walnuts. (I also like Wallaby organic yogurt, and slivered almonds, too.) That's it! Without the nuts, I don't feel full. But nuts alone just aren't enough, and are kind of dry and boring. You don't even need to dirty a bowl if you don't want to--just open the container and throw the nuts on top.

Sometimes, if I am feeling the need for something a bit more fancy, I go for one of my special variations:

Banana-Maple Parfait


1 single serving container yogurt (I like Stonyfield's plain Oikos Greek yogurt)

1 banana, sliced

3 Tablespoons walnuts

2 Tablespoons maple syrup


Mix together and enjoy!

Almost Apple Pie Parfait


1 single-serving container of yogurt (I like Stonyfield's plain Oikos Greek yogurt)

1/3 cup applesauce

3 Tablespoons walnuts

2 Tablespoons maple syrup


Stir together and eat. It's better than pie!

How about you...what's your favorite quick-and-easy healthy breakfast? (Just in case I get bored of yogurt and nuts, that is....)

Next week: My favorite HEFTY breakfast...because sometimes only the heftiest will do.

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