Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet many Americans reach for carbohydrate-loaded pastries and breads or skip breakfast altogether. Instead of lying in bed, hitting the snooze button for 15 minutes, get up and make yourself a nutritious morning meal to get your day going. Consider these morning boosts.

Protein: Adding protein to your morning routine keeps you fuller longer. Try an egg white omelet with low-fat cheese and your favorite vegetables for a nutritious meal to start the day. If you’re more of a grab and go person in the morning, enjoy a slice of cheese or string cheese instead of a bagel and cream cheese. You’ll get a serving of calcium and protein without the unnecessary carbs. Adding natural peanut butter to celery or apple slices instead of toast also is a healthy swap. A handful of almonds is packed with good fats, protein, and calcium. Other protein-rich options include Medi-Weightloss Clinics® 100-Calorie Protein Bars and Whey Protein Shakes.

Fruits and Vegetables: Morning is the perfect time to get a jump on your daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. Add fresh berries to low-fat or Greek yogurt for a boost of antioxidants and other essential nutrients. Eat a banana with peanut or almond butter for a boost of protein and healthy fats.

Starting your day right is all about making the right food choices. Stay away from empty calories like danishes, doughnuts, and muffins that will only spike your sugar, putting you in danger of crashing midmorning. Make breakfast count and stick to fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins.