It’s a cliché for a reason: A healthy breakfast really can set the tone for your entire day. Starting your day with a better breakfast helps ground and stabilize you as you face the day and whatever crazy lies ahead. As a registered dietitian and health coach, I help busy people find drama-free ways to fit healthy eating into their routine. Food should fuel and energize you and help you feel great—not stress you out or make you feel like you’re struggling to stay on track.
Work-life balance may not be a real thing, but when your blood sugar is balanced and you feel focused and energized, you’re better able to be present in each realm. Don’t get caught in the mindset that you’re too busy to have a good breakfast. Whether you’re a mom juggling your family’s needs, schedules, and preferences with your own, or you’re still in a "building my empire" phase and navigating a lot of work and life stuff for the first time, you deserve to eat well—it improves your performance and relationships in all aspects of your life.
Or maybe you’re hung up on the myth that success means rushing from pre-dawn spin class to shower to desk, chugging an eight-dollar bottle of green juice on the subway or distractedly sipping a protein drink at your desk. You’re way too productive and powerful (or stressed) to even notice hunger! It doesn’t help that many work cultures treat meal-skipping like a badge of honor. Yeah, no. Whether you’re a solo-preneur or part of a big team, when you fuel yourself to show up as your best self, everybody benefits.
Ideally, a well-balanced breakfast will provide protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats. This helps ensure slow, stable breakdown of that morning meal so you can keep going until lunch. Incorporating nutrient-dense foods provides the vitamins and minerals you need, plus powerful phytochemicals, antioxidants, and other important compounds.
Need ideas on how to make a better breakfast? I'm all about working superfoods into your everyday eats. Rather than stress about restructuring your whole morning, build on the good habits they already have in place. Here are the best ideas on how to make a better breakfast.