When is your first meal of the day?

There’s an old saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that’s true — even if “breakfast” doesn’t happen until noon or 1 o’clock.

At one time, back when I was consistently doing intermittent fasting, I only ate one meal — one plateful of food — a day, and that was sometime around the middle of the day or early afternoon.

Whenever breakfast happens for you, remember this:

The first thing you eat or drink every day is important. It sets the stage for the rest of the day, as far as how you feel, your mood, energy levels, brain function. That’s why it’s important to consume good nutrition first thing, which typically means foods high in fiber, protein, healthy fats, and vitamins. You want to avoid things high in sugar, processed foods, and additives.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Eggs: you can never go wrong with eggs for breakfast. Boiled, fried, scrambled. Throw on a little cheese. Maybe some hot sauce or salsa.
  • Greek yogurt, which has more protein than regular yogurt.
  • Oatmeal: lots of fiber and a decent amount of protein.
  • Cottage cheese; tasty and high in protein.
  • Berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries): good source of fiber and antioxidants. Add some to your oatmeal, Greek yogurt, or cottage cheese.
  • Whole wheat toast: any number of nutritious toppings go great on toast, including such things as fried eggs and tomato slices, avocado, peanut butter and honey.
  • Protein shakes: mix some ice, water or milk, protein powder with any number of other ingredients like banana, peanut butter, avocado, berries, pineapple, peach.

Fill your breakfast plate with healthy stuff and have a great day!

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