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What’s for Breakfast?

July 7, 2008

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People always say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Americans love breakfast food, like eggs, bacon and home fries or pancakes topped with butter and whip cream. On the other hand, some people feel like they are too busy to eat breakfast. Starting your day with the fuel that works best in your body can set the tone for your whole day. 

A recent post on the Yahoo! food blog unveiled the horrid facts about “fat-inducing” breakfasts that are available at breakfast food chains. Have you ever thought about how you feel after you eat breakfast at IHOP or McDonalds? Or when you cook breakfast at home?  

What is your favorite breakfast? Try expanding your idea of what breakfast should look like. It doesn’t have to be fruit and cereal or waffles and eggs. Vegetables, whole grains, fish and other highly nutritious foods can be eaten at any time of day, including in the morning. Check out our breakfast recipes for ideas, they are simple to prepare and will help broaden your breakfast palette. 

Once you get into a healthy breakfast habit, you will see the benefits and a healthy morning meal will naturally become part of your day.  

If you are not sure what type of breakfast is right for you, try experimenting. Explore eating a different breakfast every day for a week.

Jot down what you eat and how you feel, both right after the meal and then again two hours later. Which breakfast foods worked best for you?  

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.