Fall in love with these 8 breakfast bowls

8 Breakfast Bowls from ‘Breakfast Love.’ CONNIE POST/Staff

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet 31 million Americans skip it, according to a report a few years ago by NPD Group, one of the largest market research companies in the world. The main reasons, researchers found, were because people weren’t hungry, didn’t feel up to eating or were already too busy with their day to take time for breakfast.

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Some of those people might change their minds if they were to pick up a copy of "Breakfast Love" by food blogger David Bez. Last year I reviewed his first book, "Salad Love," which I included in my top-five list of books to help with eating better and losing weight.

Again, Bez has created a simple, yet extraordinary book. It demonstrates how easy it is to combine a few ingredients to make a delicious, visually appealing and nutritious breakfast. Here are eight of my favorite combinations:

BLACKBERRIES, GRAPES, RYE BREAD & PARMA HAM

handful of blackberries

handful of red grapes

2 slices of Parma or coppa ham, torn into strips

1 slice of rye bread, cut into strips

1 teaspoon pine nuts, toasted

KIWI, STRAWBERRIES, OATS & ALMONDS

1/3 cup oats, soaked overnight in 1/3 cup apple juice

handful of strawberries, chopped

1 kiwi, chopped

1½ tablespoon almonds, chopped

BLACKBERRIES, MELON, OATS & CHIA SEEDS

1/3 cup oats, soaked overnight in 1/3 cup apple juice

handful of blackberries

1 wedge of melon, chopped

1 teaspoon chia seeds

couple of fresh mint leaves

MUSHROOM, AVOCADO, BUCKWHEAT & EGG

¼ cup buckwheat, cooked

½ avocado, chopped

1 cup brown mushrooms, sliced and fried

1 hard-boiled egg, halved

1 teaspoon black sesame seeds

a drizzle of extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil

PEPPER, AVOCADO, QUINOA & OMELETTE

¼ cup black quinoa, cooked

1 red pepper, sliced and roasted

½ avocado, chopped

1 small omelette

handful of fresh tarragon

a drizzle of extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil

STRAWBERRIES, PINEAPPLE, BUCKWHEAT & YOGURT

1/3 cup natural yogurt

1 small wedge of pineapple, chopped

handful of strawberries, chopped

1/3 buckwheat, cooked

1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds

handful of fresh mint, torn

BLACKBERRIES, NECTARINE, BRAN FLAKES & WALNUTS

1/3 cup bran flakes

2 tablespoon milk

1 nectarine, chopped

handful of blackberries

handful of walnuts

BLUEBERRIES, AVOCADO, RYE BREAD & GOAT CHEESE

1 avocado, chopped

handful of blueberries

¼ cup chopped goat cheese

1 slice of rye bread, cut into strips

From the book: "Breakfast Love: Perfect Little Bowls of Quick, Healthy Breakfasts" by David Bez; 192 pages, $22.95. Published by Quadrille, 2016.

What you get: This collection of 150 recipes covers sweet and savory options for breakfast. Plus, there's a terrific diagram of "Anatomy of a breakfast." Bez shows how to put a breakfast bowl together with these ingredients: 1. fruit or vegetable, 2. another fruit or vegetable, 3. cereal (oats, cornflakes, quinoa), 4. protein (meat, eggs, yogurt, cheese, lentils, nuts and seeds), 5. toppings (herbs, dried fruit, etc.) and 6. "dressing." (juices, dairy and non-dairy milks).

In his own words: "I made it my mission to uncover what's generally considered healthy, what the current top nutritionists believe (which might change in a few years …), and I tried to create a common sense, or common ground, that feels true and right and not just trendy." — David Bez

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