“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is a phrase we’ve all heard again and again, and while it may not be entirely true, a healthy breakfast is important and probably deserves a lot more attention than many of us give it.
With nutrition recommendations often changing, it’s easy to get confused about what a healthy breakfast should include. But it’s actually not as confusing as you might think. A healthy breakfast should be balanced and well-rounded, containing whole grains, healthy fats, protein, and fruits or vegetables—a combination that’s likely to deliver plenty of nutrients and keep you full until it’s time for a snack or lunch.
“If you start off your day with a high protein meal, you will feel more energy longer,” says Nicole Avena, assistant professor of neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and visiting professor of Health Psychology at Princeton University. “You will also feel fuller longer, and can help set you up for making better food choices throughout the day.”
If you’re someone who tends not to put much thought or energy into breakfast, take a look through the list of foods and recipes that follow and you may find you’re ready to change your ways and hop on the breakfast bandwagon—even just for the taste alone. Ahead, 21 protein-rich breakfast foods to leave you energized, satisfied, and ready to take on the day.