Choosing the right foods for breakfast will provide your body with the necessary nutrients, such as B vitamins, iron, calcium, protein, and fiber, to keep you energized all day. By getting these important nutrients at breakfast, your body won’t be trying to compensate for them later in the day.

During busy mornings, it’s so easy for people to let their breakfast fall lower and lower on the list of priorities. But spending just a few minutes to eat your breakfast can truly make a big difference throughout the day. Eating (a healthy) breakfast keeps you healthy and strong and provides both your body and your mind with fuel after the overnight fast. That is where the name “breakfast” originates – breaking the fast.

When you skip breakfast, you prolong the fasting period, which can lead to a dip in blood sugar levels, making it more difficult to fight hunger and make wise food choices. Breakfast may also be one of the best ways to manage your waistline. Research shows that people who eat breakfast are generally not overweight; those who skip eating breakfast, however, are more likely to reach for fatty, high-sugar snacks mid-morning.

Breakfast will not only help you to become more energetic, stronger, and happier throughout the day, but it can also help maintain the good health and proper function of your thyroid gland. When it comes to your thyroid health, breakfast is a must. Remember that eating within 90 minutes of waking up keeps your thyroid healthy and revs up your metabolisms. Make sure you choose a breakfast that is packed with the right nutrients, proteins, herbs and essential vitamins.

If you are dealing with a thyroid gland condition and worrying about belly bloat, pass on the toast, cereal or oatmeal. Starting the day with a healthy amount of proteins from different sources is one of the most important things you can do for a healthy thyroid because the amino acids found in protein are the building blocks for your body’s cells. Try to include both vegetable and animal proteins in your daily diet for improved metabolism, healthy muscle tone, balanced hormones, and improved thyroid health.

Avocados are a tasty, creamy companion to pair with eggs and are a great source of omega-3s, B vitamins, potassium and magnesium. Niacin and riboflavin can help restore the healthy luster to hair and nails that have become dull or brittle due to Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism conditions. The healthy monounsaturated fats in avocados can help protect your skin from free radicals and your thyroid from inflammation.  Keeping inflammation at bay is crucial for anyone living with Hashimoto’s disease or other autoimmune conditions.

Fresh, raw greens contain digestive proteins and living enzymes that build tissue and muscle strength. They are also the best source of dietary fibers that help to regulate bowel movements. Berries are also rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, and fiber.

A vegetable omelet topped with avocado and a side of berries is a great option for a balanced, thyroid nourishing breakfast. Need a quicker option? Hard boil eggs in advance and grab two, with some raw nuts and an apple. No matter which combination you choose, always include protein, healthy fats, and fiber. This is a surefire way to start you day off right, stabilize blood sugar levels which will in turn result in steady, long-lasting energy.  Your body and thyroid will be grateful for the nourishing and tasty breakfast!