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A morning fruit smoothie of frozen fruit, a handful of greens, a calcium-rich drink, and a scoop of protein powder only takes a few minutes and is packed with nutrients.

A morning fruit smoothie of frozen fruit, a handful of greens, a calcium-rich drink, and a scoop of protein powder only takes a few minutes and is packed with nutrients.

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Breakfast is a time of day, not a type of food. As I enjoyed a cup of rich white bean and vegetable soup for breakfast, my husband watched in horror.

In his worldview, soup is not breakfast food. It is also not a hot weather food. I had been up late the night before to make soup and dreamed of my morning meal. I had used Rebecca Katz’s Magical Mineral Broth so I knew this soup would be delicious and healing. (You can find it on YouTube.)

Some foods have been categorized as “breakfast foods” even though they do not contain any morning magical properties. Some of them, like very sugary cereals or gooey cinnamon rolls, should be avoided. The best start to the morning is a meal that you enjoy, that you have time for and that contains a mix of protein, carbohydrates and a touch of good fats.

My soup had the protein equivalent of 2 eggs, plenty of beans for morning fiber, and the vitamin/mineral equivalent of half a vitamin pill. And since it was already prepared, it was a quick breakfast. Other quickies that might not fit the traditional breakfast mold are leftovers from dinner or a sandwich on whole-wheat bread. It’s a matter of taste and nutrition, not the type of food.

Most of my clients tell me that the most important factor in the morning is the weather. With planning, this is not an obstacle to health. A well-stocked pantry leads to a delicious morning meal.

Having a choice of nuts and dried fruits turns protein-rich Greek yogurt into the perfect breakfast. A morning fruit smoothie of frozen fruit, a handful of green vegetables, a calcium-rich drink and a scoop of protein powder only takes a few minutes.

Think about breakfast when storing leftovers from dinner if you feel like it. If you don’t have time to eat at home, have breakfast at work. For safety, digestion and mindfulness, I advise against eating in the car.

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Sheah Radback

Sheah Rarback MS, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in private practice in Miami.