9 Breakfasts Under 500 Calories

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Listen up breakfast skippers -- it's time to start eating that all-important morning meal. Get your day off to a great start with these ideas for breakfasts under 500 calories.  Some of these healthy low-calorie breakfasts are easy meals to make at home, but I've also included some fast food breakfasts for those mornings when you're too busy to cook in your own kitchen.

9 Breakfasts Under 500 Calories

  1. The Complete 300-Calorie Healthy Breakfast 
    No time to cook in the morning but want to eat a complete and healthy meal? No problem! This breakfast takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and it fills you up for a full day of calorie-burning activity.  (Complete breakfast recipe and instructions here)

    Special Recipe Eggs
    Oatmeal
    Green Smoothie 
    275-300 calories
     
  1. Peanut Butter and Apple
    Peanut butter provides protein and fat to help you feel full and fiber from the whole wheat muffin keeps you satisfied through late morning cravings.

    Natural peanut butter, 1 Tbsp.
    Whole-wheat English muffin
    Apple, 1
    1% milk, 1 c.
    416 calories
     
  2. Waffles and Yogurt
    Get a protein and dairy boost from the yogurt while you satisfy your sweet tooth with just a taste of syrup and a banana.

    Whole-grain waffles, 2
    Light syrup, 1 Tbsp.
    Light vanilla yogurt, 6 oz.
    Banana, 1, small
    414 calories
     
  3. Starbucks Breakfast On-The-Go
    Y'know those days when you fly out the door and don't have time to eat? Hit Starbucks for some morning fuel. There's always one on every corner. But be careful. Some Starbucks drinks can derail your diet.

    Evolution Fresh Greek Yogurt Parfait
    Nonfat cappuccino, tall
    260 calories
     
  4. Jamba Juice
    This juice spot is a favorite among healthy dieters, but you have to make smart choices at Jamba Juice to make sure you don't consume too much sugar.

    Egg White, Spinach and Cheese Breakfast Wrap
    Freshly Squeezed Juice
    350 calories
     
  1. Oatmeal with Cherries
    Oatmeal is one of the best morning foods because it's full of fiber for weight loss and it is usually low in calories. Add tart cherries for a boost of flavor.

    Oatmeal, 1 c.
    Dried tart cherries, ¼ c.
    Brown sugar, 1 tsp.
    Cinammon, dash
    1% milk, 1 c.
    371 calories
     
  2. McDonald’s Fast Food Breakfast in a Pinch
    You don't usually think of fast food as healthy. But there are some low-calorie options at fast food restaurants.

    Fruit & Maple Oatmeal
    Apple Slices
    Coffee  (no cream or sugar)
    Lowfat Milk
    410 calories
     
  1. Bagel Breakfast for Early Morning Carb Cravings
    Many diet experts recommend that you avoid starchy carbs in the morning. But sometimes you just need bread. So eat whole wheat varieties to keep your diet on track. And pair it with protein for balance.

    Whole-wheat mini bagels, 2
    Whipped cream cheese, 2 tsp.
    Egg, 1, hard-boiled
    Orange, 1
    369 calories
     
  2. Brown Betty - Sweet and Crunchy Breakfast
    On those days when you crave something sweet and crunch in the morning, choose this breakfast with diet-friendly almonds and fresh fruit.

    Apple, cored and sliced, microwaved for three minutes and topped with:
    Raisins, 1 Tbsp.
    Almonds, chopped, 1 Tbsp.
    Walnuts, chopped, 1 Tbsp.
    Light vanilla yogurt, 8 oz.
    362 calories

Of course, there will still be mornings when you have to fly out the door with just a cup of coffee. If possible, make a diet-friendly coffee drink at home with an added boost of protein to make sure your diet doesn't fall off track.

*Edited by Malia Frey, About.com Weight Loss Expert

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