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5 Tasty New Reasons to Jump Out of Bed
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but morning auto-pilot means it can also get pretty boring (eggs, cereal, repeat). If you're feeling ho-hum about your current rotation, consider one of these swaps instead.
If you always eat: Bagels with cream cheese
Swap it for: Ozery Bakery's Morning Rounds. Think of this saucer-sized, chewy bread as the love child of a bagel and an English muffin. Studded with plump cranberries and chewy bits of orange, they're the perfect canvas for a thick schmear of Karoun's Labne cheese, a thick, spreadable yogurt that's lighter than cream cheese and subtly tangy.
If you always eat: Cheese and toast
Swap it for: Carrie's Black Pepper Bacon Biscuits (at left). Handmade by Callie's Charleston Biscuits, with caramelized bacon, cream cheese, and green onions, these addictive little biscuits are shipped pre-baked and frozen. Simply pop one (or three) in the oven to warm, and breakfast is served.
If you always eat: Veggie omelets
Swap it for: Garden Lites Vegetable Souffles. Sure, these microwavable meals won't win any beauty contests, but the low-cal, egg-white souffles -- stuffed with shredded vegetables like zucchini, spinach, or broccoli -- are surprisingly scrumptious, especially when sprinkled with a bit of cheese.
If you always eat: Granola-topped yogurt
Swap it for: Sweet Potato Granola. You might think eliminating the usual oil in granola would make for a dry, dull blend, but the duo behind Polka Dot Bake Shop used roasted sweet potatoes to give their granola a sweet, caramelized flavor that feels just as indulgent -- but isn't.
If you always eat: Syrup-drenched pancakes
Swap it for: Sarabeth's Strawberry Syrup. Known for her luscious jams, Sarabeth Levine is out to woo the pancake crowd with this silken puree that's bright and fruity, without being overly sweet. It also makes a velvety addition to oatmeal and, on the weekends, we stir a tablespoon of strawberry puree into a glass of bubbly spiked with Mariposa Agave Nectar Liqueur for an easy brunch cocktail.
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