Why you want to eat breakfast to beat the bloat.
Breakfast, the meal of champions? It really is. I am a huge fan of breakfast and it can help with bloating for a few reasons. I am such a fan of breakfast that I will say something is better than nothing. I have been known to eat cold pizza for breakfast!
Helps you rack in that fiber.
Being constipated can be a contributor to your belly bloat. Many of us are constipated because we aren’t eating enough fiber. Breakfast is my favorite way to pack in the fiber without having to put in much thought. If you want to put in even less thought then make a double batch of whatever veggie you had at dinner to throw in your breakfast.
You can even bump your breakfast game with these make-ahead breakfast burritos. This is an easy grab and go breakfast that you can feel good about.
Prevents you from reaching for the nearest junk food.
Sometimes we like to skip breakfast because we to try and prevent bloating but this can backfire. A lot of people who skip breakfast find themselves stacking all their foods at the end of the day and often reaching for foods that leave them bloated. The effect is two-fold because you can feel bloated for eating so much at one time plus eating junk foods that are more likely you to feel puffy.
Why not start your breakfast on a sweet note. Sometimes starting off sweet is a good thing because you don’t feel like you are depriving yourself. This chocolate covered strawberry overnight oats is a perfect way to get the sweet and beat the bloat.
Keeps you hydrated.
I can’t be the only one who doesn’t drink enough water. In fact, I used to hate water because it tasted like nothing. The fun thing about hydration is that drinking water is, of course, important but we get water from the foods we eat. We all know that a little lemon water in the morning can help with staying hydrated and help with bloat but I don’t really enjoy lemon water in the morning.
Upgrade your lemon water with this lemon blueberry smoothie. Smoothies are a great way to stay hydrated and have a full breakfast all-in-one. Also, blueberries are one of my favorite fiber foods so you hit both fiber and hydration with this recipe.
Helps you slow your roll.
As crazy as mornings can go it’s good to slow your roll and use your breakfast as a form of self-care. That mind-gut connection is strong. How we feel mentally affects our gut physically, like bloating. Rushed mornings happen but aim for 2 mornings where you just sit down and chill while savoring your breakfast.
If you have a couple more minutes in the morning you will want to try these scrambled eggs in a jar. Eggs in the morning always make me feel I put more effort into my breakfast so try this recipe to feel like a king without any dirty dishes!
Feeds your gut bacteria.
To help with bloating we want to make sure we feed our good gut bacteria. This is more of a long term strategy. Some of the easiest breakfast foods are great sources of good bacteria. Hello, yogurt. This is why I think packing a breakfast with good bacteria helps set you up for a tummy that doesn’t feel bloated and puffy.
Fermented foods like yogurt add beneficial bacteria and yogurt makes a tasty and easy breakfast. Parfaits are simple enough on its own but you can up your parfait game by trying this parfait with maple seed brittle for an extra crunch a serving of fiber.
Amanda is a pizza loving registered dietitian nutritionist specializing in mindfulness and gut health. She quickly realized that gut health goes beyond the gut; it is also about honoring our gut feelings. She is the creator of The Mindful Gut™ which uses science and strategy to help people improve their gut health.