You’ve heard a million times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but before you reach for a glass of orange juice or sugary cereal to “break the fast,” know that the type of breakfast you eat matters. We asked nine nutritionists to reveal their favorite morning meals so you can follow their lead and start your day the healthy way, too.
9 Things Nutritionists Eat for Breakfast Every Day
“Lately I’ve been experimenting with different toppings for whole-grain toast,” says Johannah Sakimura, RD, author of Everyday Health’s Nutrition Sleuth blog. “One of my favorite combos is part-skim ricotta cheese, sliced banana, and cinnamon. The filling duo of carbs and protein starts my day off on the right foot.
“Starting the day off with a warm bowl of oatmeal is comforting and satisfying,” says Debra Wein, RD, founder and president of Wellness Workdays, a provider of worksite wellness programs in Massachusetts and Florida. “The steel-cut oats are packed with fiber to keep me full throughout the morning, and a sprinkle of chia and flax seeds provides heart-healthy omega-3s.”
Whole Grain Waffles
“For breakfast, I like to pack in the protein, whole grains, and fruit,” says Elizabeth Ward, RD, a nutrition consultant based in Boston. Her go-to breakfast — a whole grain waffle topped with pineapple and cottage cheese — does the trick. “Cottage cheese is really high in protein so it keeps me satisfied until lunch,” she says.
“I want something high in fiber and protein for breakfast, but not overly sweet,” says chef Beth Saltz, RD. “I’ll usually have one slice of whole grain toast topped with Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter or a super chunky natural peanut butter. Or, I’ll have a big apple with two tablespoons of peanut butter.”