I was having lunch the other day with a food industry friend when the topic of having breakfast for dinner came up. Why not just have real dinner food? he asked.
Why mess with the perfection of a steak or pizza?
Well it turns out that beside the fact there’s never a wrong time for comfort food, there are also some good physiologic reasons to dine on a plate of scrambled eggs or an omelet late in the day. For one thing, we Americans tend to eat a majority of our calories and fat at the end of the day, which doesn’t help fuel all the things we do during that day. On the flip side, eating so many of our daily calories just before lying down for bed isn’t the best plan for good digestion and makes it harder for many people to get a good night’s sleep.
According to Dr. Natalie Nevins, a board-certified family physician in Los Angeles, having a lighter
breakfast for dinner instead of the traditional dinnertime fare, such as pasta, meat and potatoes, is beneficial for a number of reasons. She says that many of her patients skip breakfast, leading them to wolf down lunch. Having to wait another six or seven hours for dinner, their hunger makes them overeat again.
Dr. Nevins points out that
if you’re constantly refueling yourself throughout the day, you won’t feel so depleted when evening comes, where so many tend to overeat and then lie around. Her recommendations include a nutrient-rich veggie omelet with mix-ins like mushrooms, onions, spinach, broccoli and a little cheese, topped with salsa or avocado and sided with fruit.
Steak and pizza are great, but these days’ eggs are also real dinner food.