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They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and for good reason. Not only is it nutritionally important to start your day off with a well-balanced meal, but it’s also key for any diet.

If you seriously focus on just one meal per day to keep your diet in check, then breakfast should be that meal. The right one will kickstart your metabolism for the day. It can also keep you fuller longer to cut out the midday snacking that’s coming between you and your weight-loss goals.

Make the permanent switch to healthy meals like these and you’ll notice a change on the scale and with your health. Just remember to keep the calorie count of whatever meal you choose between 300 and 400 to keep you on track for eating healthy the rest of the day. If you exercise regularly or have a big workout scheduled later in the day, you can kick that calorie count up to 450.

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Chia Pudding

Want something new for breakfast? Chia pudding not only tastes better than oatmeal but pair it with fruit and you’ll have a sweet breakfast that’s proven to help you lose weight during the day.

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Oatmeal

It’s the diet breakfast standard for a reason. Oatmeal high in fiber to keep you full so you snack less later. And it will help your belly stay flat during the day, just in time for the warm weather months.

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Breakfast Burritos

Egg whites, lean meats, plenty of veggies and a whole wheat wrap. Not only will this breakfast start your metabolism on a slow and steady burn, but it’s also ideal for cooking ahead and then thawing out on busy weekday mornings.

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A Smoothie

Save your money and drive right by Jamba Juice. Instead, try one of these healthy recipes designed to help you shed the pounds.

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Yogurt

The calcium found in low-fat yogurt helps you burn more fat during the day.

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A Spinach and Cheese Omelette

The protein and spinach will help you battle cravings all day long.

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Baked Egg in Avocado

Are sweet cravings ruining your diet? Start your day with an egg baked in a cored avocado. Not only does it prevent hunger during the day, but it also reduces cravings for sweets.

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Cottage Cheese with Fruit

Cottage cheese is high in protein and calcium, and only 81 calories per four ounces.

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Whole Grain Waffles

Whole grains not only help you lose weight and stave off hunger, but they also help battle heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

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Fresh Mango Slices

Mangos are high in vitamins C and A and have plenty of fiber to keep you feeling too full to snack all day. Pair them with a slice of whole wheat toast and cream cheese for added fat burning power.

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Spicy Scrambled Eggs

Want to add some kick? Punch up a standard breakfast with cayenne pepper. The spice will boost your metabolism into overdrive all the way into lunch.

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Tofu Scramble

Stir fry tofu with your favorite vegetables and maybe a little mozzarella. It’s unconventional for breakfast, but soy is notorious for helping you lose weight when you’re on a low-calorie diet.

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Quinoa Cakes

Quinoa is famous for being a fat-burning food. They’re great, high in fiber, and easy to make ahead of time. Perfect for grabbing on the go for workout fuel.

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Prosciutto and Melon

Or bacon and watermelon, or lean ham and honeydew. Any combination of savory meat and sweet fruit will satisfy your sweet tooth and provide protein to stimulate your metabolism.

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