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We all know the old saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You know, because nutrition is important, because it kickstarts your metabolism, fires up the ol’ brain cells and preps you for a day of productivity. And that’s all well and good, but let’s be honest: there’s more to it than that. As a personal trainer, I can’t ignore nutrition in favor of boot camps and sweat-inducing Red Rocks workouts. As a personal trainer, I look at the whole person.

Breakfast food lives on a bit of a spectrum that I like to break down into red light, yellow light and green light foods. While it’s easy to identify donuts as America’s favorite breakfast– uh, I mean, as a red light, some foods are a little harder to classify.

Here’s what happened when we put them to the test:



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