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fresh starts un-boring your breakfast
by Yee-Fan Sun 
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2 In the mix. Make your own muesli or granola mix. Mosey on over to the bulk bins section of your friendly neighborhood health food/whole foods store. Stock up on a basic muesli or granola. Now gather together some mix-ins to personalize your breakfast blend. Go tropical with dried mango, pineapple, papaya, and coconut, or berry it up with some dried blueberries, strawberries, cherries and cranberries. Try adding in some nuts too -- almonds or hazelnuts, pecans or walnuts, macadamia nuts if you’re looking for a touch of the exotic.

3 Some like it hot. There’s something about a hot meal that just makes it feel more substantial. Even if your weekday schedule doesn’t allow for a major breakfast cooking session – and heck, whose does? – it’s easy to make a steaming hot meal: whip up some hot oatmeal or cream of wheat, topped to suit your mood. Try cut up or mashed bananas, chopped apples or a sprinkle of blueberries. Sweeten with brown sugar, honey or maple syrup; sprinkle in some cinnamon for a touch of spice. Add some dried fruit like raisins or cranberries, throw in some sliced or chopped nuts.

4 Yo-yo-yogurt! On days when I just can’t face yet another variation on the theme of cereal, I love to fix up a nice bowl of yogurt. Fix up? Yes indeed: a really good yogurt really shouldn’t come straight out of the plastic tub. If your only experience thus far is with the pre-stirred Yoplait variety, you’ve been missing out. Here’s how to make a proper yogurt. First things first, spring for a good quality yogurt, with some fat in it if diet at all permits (seriously, full-fat or low-fat yogurts are so much tastier than the watery, flavorless nonfat versions). Skip the too-sweet pre-flavored yogurts and stock a big tub of plain; if you must have some flavor, opt for a nice basic vanilla. To sweeten your yogurt, just stir in a dollop of good jam, a little honey or maple syrup. Add fresh or dried fruit, and top with some crunchy granola or a sprinkle of Grape-Nuts. Voila, a yummy, custom-tailored yogurt parfait that’s sure to cure the breakfast blahs.

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