Breakfast — breaking the fast — is often called “the most important meal of the day” because as far as our bodies know, we’ve been fasting ever since our last bite of dinner most likely 12 hours prior, making the decision of what to eat a pretty important mood-setter for the day.The concept of the full breakfast, exemplified in the U.S. by regional food traditions like the “Southern breakfast,” were born out of necessity, as much as taste. In the Southern agricultural states, farmers needed enough protein, calories, and energy to make it through the day. The meal heavy in fatty breakfast meats, protein-packed eggs, and starchy grits would jumpstart anyone’s metabolism.
Urbanites don’t have the same energy requirements as turn-of-the-century Southern farmers, but that doesn’t mean that energy-providing protein should be ignored. However, nutritionists today put an emphasis on lean protein over fatty sources, like bacon and sausage.
Instead try making dishes with fiber-rich oats or protein-packed quinoa (you can follow our guide for How to Make Quinoa for Breakfast) or try one of these breakfast recipes approved by fitness instructors for a healthy start to your day.
Make sure you start your day right with plenty of protein, and to help you along the way, we’ve rounded up a few nutritious, filling breakfast ideas that will help stave off the urge to snack later in the day.