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Eat something before you start with the wine

Rebecca Firkser
November 20, 2018

As someone who writes about breakfast for a living, it's probably pretty obvious that I’d never recommend skipping breakfast. But, you may ask, what about days like Thanksgiving? I’m going to be stuffing my face for hours, so why would I eat a whole meal beforehand? The answer is still no, you should never skip breakfast—especially on Thanksgiving.

It's generally just a good idea to eat breakfast every morning—you’re a living, breathing human who needs food to live. It’s even more important to feed yourself on busy, potentially high-stress days. And if you have plans to cook a multi-course meal for a dozen people, odds are you’re going to going to be extremely busy and on stress level 6 million. To deal with that, you'll need something in your belly. I’m not saying you need to go to the diner and order the largest thing on the menu, but before you start tasting stuffing and drinking wine, I recommend you eat a decent meal of something with protein, fat, and carbs. Here are some suggestions, and luckily some of them pack more than one category (lox, for example, has protein and fat, oatmeal has carbs and protein, etc.) So put that turkey in the oven and we’ll meet back here in a minute.


The protein part of your meal can be anything from plain yogurt to chia pudding to scrambled eggs to lox to pork sausage. Pick one or two, and then plan the other components of your meal.


Avocado, nuts and seeds (also, nut and seed butters), coconut oil, flaxseed, full-fat dairy products all pack plenty of protein.


Toast, oats, quinoa, cereal, bananas, sweet potatoes.

A couple ideas

To save time on Thanksgiving morning, most of these can be made in advance and reheated:

Sweet Potato Baked Oatmeal. You can also make it with canned pumpkin. Serve the oats with a sauce made with nut butter, non-dairy milk, cinnamon, and maple syrup.

Microwave Egg Sandwiches. If you pull a few of these classic sandwiches out of the freezer you’ll be extremely proud of yourself and it won’t even matter if your stuffing is dry.

Chia Pudding Parfaits. Layer premade chia pudding with yogurt and fresh fruit, then top with toasted nuts or granola for some crunch.

Butternut Squash Hash. Some of these flavors are pretty Thanksgiving-y—which means you can commandeer some of the ingredients you’re planning to cook later, or swap in any other vegetables you like.

Everything-Spiced Avocado Toast. This one’s so simple you don’t have to do any advance prep. Add a poached egg or lox if you want to amp up the protein. 

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