Janel, a Registered Dietitian who follows a vegetarian diet, promotes no-nonsense, plant-based cooking so that eating is both healthful and enjoyable. Janel has a masterís degree in nutrition communication from Tufts University in Boston.

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Janel's Vegetarian Kitchen

by Janel Ovrut, MS, RD, LDN

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We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It jump-starts our metabolism to help us burn calories efficiently, it sets us up well for the rest of the day, and it is a great opportunity to get necessary nutrients into our body from fruits, whole grains, and dairy.

Yet, too many of us often lament that we don't have time for a healthy breakfast... or any breakfast at all!

Even if you're rushed each morning and don't have time for a sit-down breakfast, here are some great grab-and-go ideas that will kick start your day the right way!

Breakfast roll-up: Spread a thin layer of peanut butter on a whole wheat tortilla (I love Joseph's 70 calorie oat and flax tortillas). Then roll up a banana in the tortilla and slice into pieces, or eat just like a burrito!

Yogurt parfait: Grab a container of low fat yogurt, some whole grain cereal, and some fresh or frozen berries on your way out the door. Once you get to work or school, mix all three in a container for a flavorful yogurt parfait.

Dry morning mix: If you're a fan of cereal for breakfast but don't have a bowl or milk handy, make a dry mix! Make a big batch of whole grain cereal and dry fruit in a large container and then scoop out the correct serving size into a plastic bag or container each morning to munch on. Choose cereals that have more than 5 grams of fiber per serving for the best nutrient boost.

Breakfast sandwich: Want something a little more gourmet in the morning? Put a frozen vegetarian sausage, such as Morningstar Farms breakfast sausage on a whole wheat English muffin. Layer the sandwich with a slice of low fat cheese and tomatoes if you'd like. When you get to work or class, microwave your sandwich in a microwave safe container for two minutes or until cooked through and enjoy!

These meal ideas are so delicious you may even want to eat them at home when you do have plenty of time for breakfast! You can check out my video on Diet.com to see how we prepared these meals.

If you hunger for more great meatless recipes, be sure to check out the 700+ vegetarian recipes served up daily right here at Diet.com!

Janel Ovrut, MS RD LDN is a Registered Dietitian who follows a vegetarian diet. She promotes no-nonsense, plant-based cooking so that eating is both healthful and enjoyable. Janel has a master's degree in nutrition communication from Tufts University in Boston, MA. You can read many more of her blog posts at EatWellWithJanel.com.

@ 8:24pm ET on April 12, 2009
I am not a vegetarian,but I will try some of the recipes you suggest. Thanks!

@ 1:10pm ET on July 30, 2013
I am looking to find out what foods to avoid to be able to target fat around the hips and thighs.

@ 1:41am ET on August 5, 2013
thank u!!

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