Breakfast has long been touted as the most important meal of the day. It signals your metabolism to start firing up and fuels your body to begin the day. Sadly, breakfast is also one of the most frequently skipped meals.
Eating breakfast is even more important for those dealing with acid reflux. So, If you are one of the many breakfast skippers, keep reading. I hope to convince you that making this small change can significantly impact your health.
Here are three reasons people with acid reflux should eat breakfast:** 1. It can prevent and treat a sour morning stomach.** Not eating at night may help ease nighttime heartburn but it can leave a very empty and acidic stomach come morning. Breakfast helps to buffer the acid in the stomach from doing damage to the GI tract.
2. Breakfast is a good start to eating several small meals per day. Most people with acid reflux do much better when they can separate their meals into smaller, more frequent ones. This prevents eating too much at a time and triggering a reflux episode. Starting the day off right, with a small, well-balanced meal, can help you make better choices throughout the day.
3. People who eat breakfast tend to eat less throughout the day. Breakfast skippers tend to overeat later in the day to make up for not consuming a healthy breakfast. This can often lead to weight gain which is a huge trigger for more acid reflux episodes.
Just be sure you consume a reflux-friendly breakfast and you will be on the road to feeling better in the morning.
Here are three of my favorite breakfasts that banish the burn and start the day off right
Yogurt and Berry Waffles:
1 toasted Nutragrain whole wheat waffle
1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1/2 cup seasonal berries
*Chop waffle into bite sized pieces and layer yogurt and berries over it.
Spinach and Cheese Omelet:
1 egg +2 egg whites
1/2 cup fresh spinach
1/4 cup grated cheese
*Scramble the eggs and cook into the pocket shape that will forms your omelet. Fill with the spinach and cheese and allow to cook until the spinach wilts and the cheese melts. Season with your favorite reflux friendly seasoning.
Butterfinger Breakfast Shake:
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tbs Peanut Butter 2 (or regular peanut butter or other nut butter)
2 tbs SF Butterscotch pudding mix
2 scoops of protein powder (I prefer BodyByVi)
*Blend ingredients with 6-8 ice cubes for a yummy shake that tastes like a Butterfinger candy bar!
Jennifer Rackley is a nutritionist and mother of three girls. Two of her children have dealt with acid reflux disease, food allergies, migraines, and asthma. She has a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from Harding University and has done graduate work in public health and nutrition through Eastern Kentucky University. In addition to writing for HealthCentral, she does patient consults and serves on the Board of Directors for the Pediatric Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Association.