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updated: 7/5/2011 1:56 PM

Think thin? Think breakfast

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By Jim Romanoff
For Associated Press

It seems like a paradox, but eating actually can help you maintain a healthy weight and even lose a few pounds, especially when comes to breakfast.

Many of us skimp on this important first meal of the day, either because we're in a rush or it seems like a good place to cut a few calories. Unfortunately, this usually leads to feeling starved by mid-morning. That's when the temptation is greatest to grab a doughnut or other carb-dense food for a quick (and counterproductive) energy fix.

Studies have shown that people who eat a healthy breakfast have an easier time dieting (because they're not hungry all the time) and are better at keeping off the weight they lose.

This mango-blueberry breakfast couscous is a convenient hot meal that fits the nutritional bill by combining whole-grains with non-fat dairy, dried fruit and nuts.

Because the recipe calls for dry non-fat milk powder, you can mix this cereal up ahead of time and store it in airtight containers or plastic bags. Add water, bring the mixture to a boil, and you have a healthy breakfast in less than 10 minutes.

Keep some of this mix in your cupboard for those mornings when you're short on time, or even throw a bag of it in your backpack for a lightweight, almost instant camping breakfast.

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