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fresh starts un-boring your breakfast
by Yee-Fan Sun 
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5 Get toasted. First things first: get yourself some good bread. Find a
proper bakery, one that actually bakes its bread in-house fresh daily, and offers their bread in beautiful crusty whole loaves; save the preservative-laden pre-sliced sandwich stuff for emergencies only. Now indulge in some good spreads. If youíre going to go basic with butter and jam, make sure youíre using real butter, and choose a jam whose primary ingredient is actually, you know, fruit rather than sugar. Donít just stop there, though; thereís a whole world of spread goodness beyond the butter-and-jam standards. Indulge your chocoholism with luscious Nutella; get some exotic nut butters, or try some lemon curd. If you have a little time to spare, make a healthy breakfast sandwich by slicing up a ripe tomato and melting on some fresh mozzarella. Or treat yourself to some cinnamon toast: simply slather butter on bread, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, toast and enjoy.

6 Totally baked. Homemade muffins or scones arenít just a weekend luxury. Bake them up on a Sunday, then leave a few out for the first couple days of the week. Store these in an airtight container, and you can either grab them and go when the work week arrives, or freshen them up with a brief zap in the microwave or toaster oven. As for the remaining muffins, wrap them in foil and pop into a plastic baggie; throw them in the freezer. When youíre ready to dig into a muffin, pull it out and thaw overnight, or bake from frozen for about 15-20 minutes at 350F, until warmed through. Frozen baked goods are a perfect option for those who like their breakfasts salty rather than sweet too -- try whipping up muffins and scones flavored with cheese, bacon, herbs and other savory flavorings.

7 Make a smoothie. For a refreshing change of breakfast pace, try making smoothies! Throw some milk or yogurt into the olí blender along with your choice of fresh fruit (save yourself the effort of having to laboriously prep your fruit in the AM by freezing chunked-up, smoothie-ready fruit -- come morning, just toss the frozen fruit directly into the blender). Try soy, rice or almond milks for a slightly different milk base; pour in a little juice, honey or maple syrup to sweeten things up. You can even toss in a little wheat germ or protein powder for an added nutritional boost. Change up your smoothie formula to suit your mood. And if youíre in a rush to get out the door, no worries: pour your finished smoothie into a thermos, and you have a healthy tasty breakfast that you can take with you on the commute into work.

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