Get a good start and stack up a plate of Black Walnut French Toast, a healthful breakfast for four.

Healthy & Light: Get a Good Start
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Recent research finds that a well-rounded breakfast helps you consume fewer calories throughout the day. These recipes are so fuss-free that you can whip them up anytime.

Black Walnuts
These have a stronger, nuttier flavor than their better-known counterpart, the traditional, or English, walnut. Their distinctive taste lends punch to confections, baked goods, and more. Black walnuts are an essential source of omega-3 fats, which help lower cholesterol, aid in brain function, and promote anti-inflammatory benefits for arthritis, asthma, and eczema. Because black walnuts have a high fat content, they tend to go rancid if not stored properly. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for a year, or freeze for two.

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"Healthy & Light: Get a Good Start" is from the August 2006 issue of Southern Living.