9 Ways to Optimize Your Breakfast

The right breakfast can make or break your whole morning. Nutrition Diva offers 9 tricks for getting the most out of your morning meal.

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
3-minute read
Episode #327

Tip #6: Chew Your Food

Mom was right about this one:  Chewing food more thoroughly increases your absorption of nutrients and aids in digestion. 

Tip #7: Put a Buzz on

A caffeine buzz, that is. A caffeinated beverage will increase alertness and help you swing into your work day with more focus and concentration.  People who regularly enjoy coffee or tea also enjoy lower risks of many diseases. What's more, coffee and tea help keep you hydrated. You can even count them toward your 8 glasses a day!

See also: How Much Water Should I Drink?


Tip #8: Make it the Night Before

One of the biggest reasons people skip or skimp on breakfast is that they simply run out of time in the morning.  Making breakfast the night before solves the problem.

Stir uncooked rolled oats into Greek yogurt along with some fresh or frozen fruit and place in the fridge to soften overnight. Use your slow cooker to make steel-cut oats while you sleep. Expand your notion of what "breakfast food" is. You'd be surprised how good reheated leftovers work as a morning meal.

See also: Is Microwave Cooking Safe?


Tip #9: Take it With You

If you don't have time to eat before you leave, take some or all of your breakfast with you to eat later. Contrary to popular myth, delaying your breakfast won't slow down your metabolism for the day. In fact, delaying breakfast effectively shortens your eating window, which may help with weight control. The key is making sure that your delayed breakfast is still a healthy one. No fair skipping breakfast and then throwing yourself on the muffin tray at the 10am staff meeting.  

See also: Not Hungry in the Morning? Permission to Skip Breakfast


What's your favorite breakfast? Could you make it even  healthier? Post your ideas below or on the Nutrition Diva Facebook page.

And for more healthy breakfast tips and some of my favorite recipes, check out my book Nutrition Diva's Secrets for a Healthy Diet.


About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.