(Family Features) - It's been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In addition to providing the necessary energy to get-up-and-go, studies have shown that those who eat a healthy breakfast have better overall diets, improved concentration and performance during the day, and more strength and endurance for physical activity. Unfortunately, the traditional hot breakfast - eggs, meat and potatoes - can add fat and calories to your plate. But, there's good news for breakfast lovers who've resolved to eat better this year: with a few simple substitutions, you can still enjoy a hearty, satisfying morning meal without some of the guilt.
To start, substitute a slice of whole grain toast for traditional white bread. If your morning beverage of choice is coffee with cream and sugar, try adding skim milk and a sugar substitute instead. A side of fresh fruit can be an easy way to increase your daily intake of fruits and vegetables while adding a smidgen of something sweet to your plate.
For the main dish, toss a few vegetables into your eggs for added fiber and flavor. This Italian Frittata recipe is a hearty blend of broccoli, bell peppers, mushrooms, spices, cheese and veggie sausage links - all in one dish! By swapping out sausage for a veggie alternative, you're skipping some of the unnecessary calories and saturated fat.
Speaking of substituting meat, the new Morningstar Farms Maple Flavored Veggie Sausage Patties are a sweet-and-savory alternative to traditional pre-cooked pork sausage, with 76 percent less fat. You can enjoy them alongside a serving of eggs or crumbled into any recipe that calls for maple-flavored sausage. In fact, they're the main ingredient in this Easy Brunch Focaccia recipe - a delicious "breakfast pizza" that will have everyone around the table saying, "That's amore!"
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