Waking up far away from your own kitchen can make it more challenging to grab a morning meal. But that’s a challenge worth accepting. Eating breakfast boosts your metabolism, which may help keep off extra pounds. In fact, studies show that people who eat breakfast regularly are far less likely to be obese. A good breakfast can also give you the fuel to enjoy the day ahead—whether it’s packed with business, pleasure, or a bit of both. Keep these ideas in mind:
1. Grab-and-go choices. For those days when you hit the snooze button too many times, you’ll need a quick bite. That’s when it’s smart to pack your own dry cereal, granola, or protein bars. Or check at your hotel breakfast bar. Round out your meal with a piece of fruit. Another quick but nutritious option: a local smoothie bar.
2. Belly-filling breakfasts. If you’re worried about being hungry long before lunch, start the day with eggs. Research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana found that this protein-rich choice helps you feel fuller longer. Combine eggs with a veggie or fruit (say, spinach, tomatoes, or a fruit cup) and some whole-grain toast.
3. The anti-breakfast. If you’re simply not a fan of pancakes, eggs, or cereal, there’s nothing wrong with ordering a nontraditional (but still nutrition-smart) option. Ask if a local eatery can make a favorite sandwich to enjoy with a fruit salad, for example. Or, if your hotel room has a fridge, save dinner leftovers to savor in the a.m.