I am a huge fan of breakfast. Both the foods and the meal. I'm a huge advocate for breakfast for lunch, breakfast for dinner, breakfast all day long. Seriously, I love breakfast. There's just so many delicious options.
I know breakfast can be hard, especially if you're not a morning person, but it is pretty important. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's the most important meal. Every meal is important, and none of them should be skipped. Eating breakfast is not going to magically make you lose weight, only calorie restriction will do that. However, eating breakfast can help you not overeat at lunch because you're not starving before noon.
When you wake up in the morning your body has gone 7-8 hours without food (assuming you get the recommended amount of sleep), or longer if you don't have a snack before bed. (Aside - if you're diabetic I highly recommend a snack before bed, something with carbohydrates and protein./aside) This means that your blood sugar is low, which can make you tired and make it difficult to focus. In order to provide your body with fuel to focus on school, or work, or traffic, you need to eat breakfast.
If you train in the morning, breakfast is even more important so you can get the most out of your session. I usually recommend grabbing something with carbohydrates, like a granola bar or some toast, before the gym. Then having a full breakfast after your workout (something with carbohydrates and protein to help with recovery).
If mornings are rushed go with a breakfast that's quick and nutrient rich like whole wheat toast and peanut butter (maybe a banana on top or an apple for later in the morning). You can also pick one day a week where you make a week supply of some grab and go breakfasts. If you just can't stand the idea of eating so early in the day, try a shake - throw some Greek yogurt, frozen fruit, and a little bit of fruit juice or milk in the blender and your breakfast is ready to drink.
Here's a recipe for one of my favorite breakfast foods. Give it a try this weekend, or for dinner tonight! I'd love to hear what your favorite breakfast foods are in the comments!
Preheat oven to 425 degree F. Halve the avocado and pit it. Scoop out a little bit extra from each side of the avocado until you have a nice little hole for your eggs. Place the avocado halves in a baking dish. In each avocado half, crack an egg, trying to get the whole egg inside the avocado. Sprinkle the eggs with some black pepper. Bake for 20 minutes, egg yolks should still be runny.
Avocados are high in fat (healthy fats), which could make this a high calorie meal if you eat both avocado halves. I recommend 1 half as a serving. Maybe have one half with a slice of toast, or some oven roasted tomatoes and potato slices.
Taryn is a Los Angeles based Registered Dietitian who's passionate about helping you be your healthiest you.