How often have we heard that eating breakfast is the key to a healthy lifestyle?

It is a popular refrain, yet it is based more on observational studies than on scientific proof.

The truth is, eating a healthy breakfast does improve mood, because you will be less hungry, less cranky, and more attentive!  

And, it is also likely that if you have a good breakfast, you will be less likely to be so starving at lunch that you simply cannot resist the siren call of a McDonald’s Big Mac or a plate of greasy fries!

Breakfast may not have any life-changing powers, but it does have the ability to give you a warm and inviting start to your day, so we vote to break for breakfast!

Making your breakfast the night before (or even a week before!) so that you don't have to choose between saving time and having breakfast is key.  

Here is one of our favorite fall breakfast ideas and it can be prepared Sunday evening. All you have to do is wake up, grab a cup of granola with or without milk, and enjoy the pumpkin flavors and fall spices come alive!

3 cups rolled oats 
1 1/4 cups raw pecans
1/3 cup cranberries
3 tbsp sugar
¼ tsp of sea salt
3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice 
1/4 cup coconut or olive oil
1/3 cup maple syrup 
1/3 cup pumpkin puree

Preheat oven to 340 F. Mix the oats, nuts, cranberries, spices, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the coconut oil, maple syrup and pumpkin puree and mix together. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon.
Spread the mixture evenly onto two baking sheets and bake for 25-35 minutes, stirring a bit near the halfway point. Once the granola is golden brown (usually about 25 minutes), remove from oven and let cool. Transfer to an airtight container and enjoy!

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