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You’ve heard it a million times,that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So why do most people skip their morning meal all-together, or substitute coffee for food? Whether you’re trying to lose weight or bulk up, eating a balanced breakfast composed of nutrient-rich foods will give your body the energy necessary to function efficiently.

Here are some quick and easy power breakfast foods to keep you energized throughout the day courtesy of EatingWell Magazine:

Egg & Salmon Sandwich – Smoked salmon and egg whites on a toasted whole-wheat English muffin is the perfect power breakfast. For a more substantial meal, pair it with a piece of fruit or a glass of 100% juice.

Peanut Energy Bars – This carbohydrate-rich bar, full of nuts, seeds, fruit and oats, was adapted from Amy Harrison’s prize-winning submission in the Plains (Georgia) Peanut Festival recipe competition sponsored by The Peanut Institute. It includes a little protein, and is a great grab-and-go pre-workout snack on mornings when you don’t have time to digest a full meal.

Asparagus & Canadian Bacon Omelet – An omelet is a satisfying meal to start the day, and will give you staying power until your midmorning snack. Although cooking a low-fat omelet may seem complicated at first glance, it will quickly become second nature.

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