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.
Oatmeal isn’t the only whole grain you can eat for breakfast. Rice, barley, bulgur, quinoa, farro, and other whole grains make a terrific hot morning meal, and they work well with all the same fixings that make oatmeal taste better than wheat paste—and most have a heartier, nuttier flavor.
Cook whole grains ahead of time in batches and reheat for breakfast, adding things like milk, fruit, nuts, seeds, and/or spices. Compared to refined grains (white flour, white bread, white rice), whole grains have 18 additional important vitamins and minerals to help you stay full and focused all morning.