8 "Dinner Foods" You Should Eat for Breakfast
Amp up your morning meal with these healthy PM-centric ingredients
If you’ve ever had breakfast for dinner—pancakes, waffles, even scrambled eggs—you know what fun it can be to swap a meal. Why not try it the other way around? “Many cultures eat what Americans view as dinner foods for their first meal of the day,” explains Mary Hartley, R.D., an online nutritionist from New York City. And since breakfast is still the most important meal you can eat health-wise, adding new foods to your repertoire not only varies the nutrition, it keeps you from getting bored. Plus, eating a heartier “dinner” meal helps fill you up so you eat less throughout the day. Here are eight foods—and serving ideas—to make over your morning meal.
Beans on toast are a popular breakfast in the UK, and they’re eaten with a grain (rice or tortillas) in the morning all throughout South America and Africa. The reason: When you combine beans with grains, it becomes a complete protein—and as high a quality protein as animal sources. Plus, the fiber in beans, about 16 grams per cup, has all sorts of important health benefits, from aiding digestion to lowering bad cholesterol. Red, black, or low-sodium baked beans are your best bets.