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For a Quick, Healthy Dinner, Try Breakfast

Family gathering for a mealAfter a busy day at work day followed by a hectic commute, the last thing you want to do when you get home is spend more time away from your family fixing dinner. A quick and nutritious dinner could be just an egg carton away if you serve breakfast for dinner.

The ingredients for a light breakfast at dinner are often less expensive, quicker to prepare, and, most importantly, lower in calories compared to traditional dinnertime fare,” explains Natalie A. Nevins, DO, a board-certified family physician in Hollywood, California.

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Dr. Nevins says that many of her patients skip breakfast, are starving by lunchtime, and then overeat at dinner.

“Consuming so much of your daily calories just before you lie down in bed is bad for digestion,” she says. "The better option is to keep yourself satisfied throughout the day by eating healthy snacks between meals."

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, look beyond your symptoms to understand how lifestyle and environmental factors affect your wellbeing. They listen and partner with you to help you get healthy and stay well.

What's (for Breakfast) for Dinner?

Dr. Nevins shares three ideas for incorporating breakfast foods for dinner:

  • Omelets are quick and easy dinnertime meals that enable people to get in all the nutrients they need at once, rather than preparing three separate components of a dinner. Add vegetables to a mixture of one egg white and one egg with yolk (a lower cholesterol alternative to using two eggs with yolk) and low-fat or no-dairy cheese. 

  • Serve fruit instead of potatoes as a side. 

  • Try Dr. Nevins' recipe for a healthy smoothie: combine half a banana with one-fourth cup of blueberries, a scoop of protein mix, milk or non-dairy alternatives such as almond or soy milk, and some peach slices.

“In the end, it doesn’t really matter whether you are eating breakfast foods or dinner foods at night, as long as you’re watching your portion sizes and the nutritional content is balanced,” adds Dr. Nevins. ​​​​


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