My husband, Jon, can be awake for hours before he wants to eat breakfast. (Coffee—now that’s another story.) I, on the other
hand, want food first thing in the morning—and so does our 1 1/2-year-old son, Julian, who literally wakes up saying, “Juice!
’Nana! [banana].” We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (click here for
healthy breakfast ideas
) and, as a nutritionist, I believe that’s true. You’ve heard about the studies that show
that kids who eat breakfast are able to focus better in school, right? Well, here’s another exciting boon of breakfast:
research that shows people who are most successful at losing weight—and keeping it off—tend to eat breakfast every single
So what should you eat for breakfast if you want to lose weight? Honestly, any nutritious morning meal is a good choice.
for about 300-350 calories—try one of these breakfasts
.) Part of why breakfast is so valuable in weight loss is
that it sets you up for healthy eating patterns for the whole day. (Skip it and, come mid morning, you’re much more
vulnerable to whatever junk food is lingering around the office, which continues a vicious cycle: you pay penance by having a
skimpy salad for lunch...then you’re starving by 3:00 and hit the vending machine. You get the picture.) But the best
breakfast choices tend to be things that will keep you satisfied for hours, and contain protein and fiber. Here are three of my favorite breakfasts to help you lose weight:
Egg & Salmon Sandwich
(214 calories): Research has shown that eggs are fabulously satiating and I find that, indeed, they tend to fill me up more
than most other foods. Sometimes I’ll make this recipe with one whole egg instead of two egg whites. It does add a little bit
of saturated fat but you also get vitamin D (a nutrient your body needs to absorb calcium properly) as well as lutein and
zeaxanthin, antioxidants that may help keep eyes healthy. If I don’t have smoked salmon, I’ll substitute a slice of low-fat
cheese. I like to pair this with a non fat latte (that I make at home), which has about 130 calories. Mmmm...
calories): I absolutely love this stuff, which really does stick to my ribs (it’s all that great fiber). I usually put it
together on a Sunday night before bed—I’ll set a timer for the slow cooker when I hit the sack early. When I wake up Monday
morning—voila!—I have breakfast ready for the whole week! Stirring in some 1% milk makes it super-creamy and adds a little
protein and calcium to boot.
Butter-Cinnamon English Muffin
(247 calories): This simple stand by is perfect for busy mornings. (Confession: I
have a 45-minute commute and often eat in the car. This is a great portable option.) Peanut butter offers some fiber, a
little protein as well as heart-healthy monounsaturated fat—which goes a long way to keeping me feeling satisfied. The
cinnamon topping makes it special and hits the spot when I’m hankering for something sweet. I usually pair it with a banana
or an apple for a more substantial meal.