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You know that eating breakfast jump-starts your metabolism. But did you realize that certain a.m. choices can crank up your fat-burning even more?
The key: eating a breakfast that's high in Resistant Starch (RS). Found in foods like bananas and oats, RS actually signals your body to use fat for energy.
Start your day skinny with these fat-blasting meals from Health's new book, The CarbLovers Diet.
Blueberry Oat Pancakes with Maple Yogurt
Resistant Starch: 4.6g
Ingredients: Old-fashioned rolled oats, low-fat cottage cheese, eggs, vanilla extract, blueberries, cooking spray, Greek-style low-fat yogurt, maple syrup
Try this recipe: Blueberry Oat Pancakes with Maple Yogurt
Banana and Almond Butter Toast
Resistant Starch: 5.6g
Ingredients: Almond butter, rye bread, banana
Try this recipe: Banana and Almond Butter Toast
Breakfast Barley with Banana and Sunflower Seeds
Resistant Starch: 7.6g
Ingredients: Water, pearl barley, banana, sunflower seeds, honey
Try this recipe: Breakfast Barley with Banana and Sunflower Seeds
In a Rush?
Reach for a Resistant Starch-packed banana and one of these on-the-go options-you'll still get the healthy carbs and calories you need to start your day in slim-down mode!
Order to go!
• Panera Bread Strawberry and Granola Parfait: 310 calories
• Dunkin' Donuts Ham, Egg White, and Cheese Sandwich on a Wheat English Muffin: 300 calories
• Jamba Juice Coldbuster Smoothie (16 ounces): 250 calories
Health.com: America's healthiest fast-food breakfasts
Keep a stash in your kitchen:
• Aunt Millie's Whole-Grain Blueberry Muffins: 170 calories
• Kashi TLC Pumpkin Spice Flax Crunchy Granola Bar: 170 calories
• Amy's Kitchen Breakfast Burrito: 270 calories
Choose a banana that's tinged with a little green for even more Resistant Starch. Once the fruit ripens, the starches in it turn to sugar, and the amount of Resistant Starch it contains drops.
Health.com: Bananas: The ultimate hunger buster
An underripe banana has 12.5 grams of RS (enough to take care of the minimum 10 grams of RS daily that's recommended in The CarbLovers Diet); a ripe one has 4.7 grams.