Answered by Leslie Bonci on Monday, June 1, 2009
If you haven't heard by now, there's a wealth of benefits to eating breakfast. In addition to boosting your metabolism, a substantial morning meal can make you more energetic, productive, and clear-headed. It also can keep you from overeating later in the day. But if Special K doesn't seem so special to you, why not join others around the world who eat foods that are not cereal, eggs, or toast? In China, breakfast could be rice and pork; in the Sudan, it's often beans with tomatoes and goat cheese. And in Argentina, typical breakfast fare might consist of steak, eggs, and milk. Here are some other ideas for an energizing start to the day—a mix of carbohydrates, protein, and fats with foods that taste good and are satisfying as well. Just be sure to get one-third of your daily calories from breakfast, with 75 percent from carbs and 25 percent from protein.
Ham and cheese on an English muffin
Smoked turkey and a slice of cheddar in a whole grain pita
Leftover chicken-and-rice stir-fry
Hummus and feta cheese in a pita
Slice of leftover pizza
Peanut butter and jelly sandwich