Yet demanding schedules, long commutes and a lack of quality choices can too often mean that breakfast is whatever you can grab … if you have it at all.
The result: bad eating for the rest of the day.
“I’ve heard of some people who just didn’t eat breakfast, and then the whole rest of the day they’re looking for the right thing,” said Kay Loughrey, a health coach, dietitian and nutritionist at Sweet Life Wellness in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
So how can you up your game for that first meal so that it benefits you throughout the day?
Begin with the building blocks: A good mix of protein, complex carbohydrates, and a good amount of fiber will provide one with both energy and brain power for the day. And it won’t leave one hungry again until lunch.
“Breakfast doesn’t have to be traditional,” Loughrey said. “We think of eggs, cereal, maybe some yogurt. But it could be something else. It could be some leftovers.”