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Telling you not to skip breakfast is old news, we get it. Most of us know that eating a meal first thing in the morning not only satiates you to prevent that ravenous feeling later, but it also can lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels.

The real mystery is what to eat for breakfast. Your daily routine and exercise level probably helps determine your morning munch. So just what is the optimal breakfast? March is National Nutrition Month, an observance to encourage us to make more informed food choices and activity habits. To sweeten the observance – naturally of course – we took that very question to our doctors.

Just what do the physicians of OrthoCarolina eat for breakfast?

Here’s what they told us:

Most days, a banana, a high fiber granola bar, a glass of orange/mango juice, and a large travel mug of coffee with a little cream and a packet of Splenda. If I was on call the previous night, I may have a second mug of coffee. Occasionally, I will stop at Stick Boy and get a chocolate chip scone or a cinnamon roll. Rarely, I will eat a slice of Key Lime pie and perhaps once or twice a month, I will splurge and eat a Bojangles sausage and egg biscuit or eggs benedict if we go out for brunch. Even worse, perhaps 3-4 times/year I will eat a couple of Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts.

Dr. Patrick Connor: Starbucks, yogurt, protein bar

Dr. William Craig: Usually runny scrambled eggs with hot sauce, really crispy dried out potatoes with ketchup, a piece of sausage or bacon, and a fruit smoothie for the Vitamin C. Bagel or cereal on the weekends.

Dr. Brian Curtin: Oatmeal with blueberries

Dr. Harlan Daubert: Oatmeal, with berries or raisins, and 8oz. almond milk

Dr. Mike Dockery: Oatmeal with blueberries in it and quinoa added for protein and one hardboiled egg, white only

Dr. Thomas Fehring: Greek yogurt

Dr. James Fleischli: Cereal several mornings a week, but I eat doughnuts at Local Lion one day a week, and I eat a cinnamon roll another day a week from Stick Boy. Occasionally I have eggs or toast or a sausage/egg fast food biscuit.

Dr. William Griffin: Coffee with cream and sugar

Dr. Patrick Hayes: Small cup of plain nonfat yogurt mixed with small amounts of bran flakes, oats, raisins, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chopped almonds-cashews-walnuts, flaxseed, boiled (yes!) prunes and a drizzle of honey

Dr. Eric Laxer: Zone bar and coffee

Dr. Bryan Loeffler: 2% fat Greek yogurt (20 grams protein and only 220 cal) with a small handful of walnuts or almonds

Dr. Bo Mason: Banana, protein bar, coffee

Dr. John Masonis: Small bowl of Ezekiel 4:9 whole grain cereal with few pieces of fruit (usually raspberries) topped with 3 tablespoons Anutra (a chia seed product), Califia vanilla almond milk, a half glass of orange juice and 2 cups of coffee

Dr. Robert McBride: Trader Joe's Almond Clusters cereal with organic 2% milk. Nice mix of nuts and whole grain flakes.

Dr. Alden Milam: Whole-wheat bagel, cream cheese, orange juice and coffee

Dr. David O’Brien: Nothing

Dr. William Satterfield: Granola bar or fruit smoothie

Dr. Rodney Stanley: Coffee and sometimes fruit

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