“If we skip breakfast, we’ll make unhealthier choices at lunch. People who skip breakfast eat more during the day,” says Emily Banes, RD, clinical dietitian at the Houston Northwest Medical Center.
Some people are early risers and some are not. Early risers usually have no problems fixing something for breakfast. Many experts point out how important breakfast is. After all, it is breaking the night fast. So is in just as important what we eat for breakfast?
The quote above also points out that not eating a good breakfast leaves us open to other problems for the rest of the day. One thing is we tend to eat more than needed in the other meals. That could mean you are starving by lunch and eat 2000 calories. I ate at Steak n’ Shake for a grandson’s birthday. I thought I was eating okay, but when I added up the calories, it was about 2000. That was many more than I need in a whole day.
You may have to find your perfect breakfast food through a trial and error process. I can only eat so many eggs no matter how I fix them. I like variety for breakfast. Unless you like your breakfast, you tend to skimp on it. I will eat an omelet once in a great while but I don’t really care for them. I do like a couple of eggs over easy with a couple of pieces of 100% whole-wheat toast. Toss in some fruit and I’m good to go.
If you don’t like eggs, then it possibly cereal and skim milk. I did learn to eat oatmeal without milk. But it’s not delicious. There are other cereals that you might good. This coming week we are trying some Trader Joe’s granola style cereals. With fruit, such as a half banana or some strawberries, cereal is good. In addition, I occasionally will have cottage cheese and pineapple or some other fruit.
Again, experiment with different breakfast options. Proteins seem to stay with me longer. Carbs seems to make me hungry earlier and want to eat more. Whole-wheat English muffins or certain bagels are good also. Cereals are higher in calories so you have to observe the serving size.
Sometimes I will have homemade turkey sausage and fruit. The frozen kinds you can buy are high in sodium. Add some sage, Mrs. Dash, and cayenne to ground turkey and you have a spicy sausage. You can even have a ground turkey patty.
The options are endless. Find something you really like and stick with them.