By Jenny Harper

Mmm…hot breakfast on a cold morning. There’s nothing like eating something warm and satisfying to start the day off right.

Since February is Hot Breakfast Month, I thought I’d share a delicious—and nutritious—breakfast idea to help you warm up your mornings.

My secret ingredient? Pumpkin!

Not only does pumpkin add great flavor, but it’s also an excellent low-calorie and low-fat source of vitamin A and fiber in every 1/2-cup serving. That’s good nutrition in every bite!

Pumpkin and maple team up to make everyday oatmeal a real treat. It’s quick and easy to make, and it will fill you up and keep you satisfied all morning.

Early-Morning Pumpkin Maple Oatmeal

Makes 1 serving

1/2 cup uncooked quick or old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon light pancake or maple syrup

Cook oatmeal according to package directions. Place in bowl. Top with pumpkin and syrup.

Serve with milk, if desired.

Nutrition facts per serving: 180 calories, 3 g total fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 55 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 8 g sugars, 6 g protein, 80% vitamin A, 10% iron.

Jenny Harper is senior culinary specialist for the Nestlé Test Kitchens and verybestbaking.com.