People always say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that’s never truer than on the morning of your wedding. It can be a tricky balance, because you want something that will keep you full and provide enough energy, as you never know how much you’ll be able to eat once the festivities begin. However, depending on your dress style, you likely want to avoid anything that will cause bloating and discomfort.
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Of course, if you end up having a brunch wedding, a small snack will suffice, but a typical evening reception will require more. Perhaps you normally skip breakfast and think a simple cup of coffee is all you need, but that could leave you feeling faint, jittery, and dehydrated. Something sugary may give you a burst of energy while getting ready, but could lead to you crashing at the ceremony. Here are some options for a healthy breakfast the morning of your wedding:
- Water with lemon. Before eating anything, a big glass of water will keep you hydrated and weaken cravings for a huge breakfast. Squeezing in a lemon helps to prevent bloating, in addition to adding flavor if you hate plain water.
- Steel-cut oatmeal. It’s a healthier way to get energizing carbohydrates than more processed cereals. Add in fresh blueberries for sweetness, flavor, and antioxidants.
- Eggs. This is a great way to introduce protein into your breakfast while avoiding the unhealthy fats and sodium from bacon. A hardboiled egg is a nice side dish, or you can make it a whole meal with a scramble or omelet mixed with spinach and other vegetables.
- Greek yogurt. In most cases, we’d recommend avoiding dairy, but if eggs aren’t to your taste, you can get protein from Greek yogurt and it’s still healthier than other yogurts. Avoid added sugar by choosing an unflavored variety and adding berries and/or granola.
- Loaded toast. Whole-wheat bread with your choice of nut butter, bananas, avocado, or other fruits pairs well with eggs and is a strong replacement option for those who can’t stand the texture of oatmeal.
- A smoothie. If you’re too nervous for solid foods, blend coconut milk with your favorite greens, fruits, and chia or flax seeds to have an energy-inducing smoothie with plenty of healthy omega-3s.