An MD Says This Is The Best Breakfast Hack To Balance Your Blood Sugar

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To say that we care about metabolic health here at mbg would be a vast understatement. We’ve written extensively on its impact on overall well-being—from cardiovascular health to immunity and beyond—as well as ways to measure its markers and support it through nutrition. But the fact remains: Only 12.5% of Americans are considered metabolically healthy. Yes, you read that right.

Metabolic health is complex (another understatement), and there are myriad ways to optimize your own. However, Stanford-trained physician and co-founder of Levels Casey Means, M.D., shares her go-to tips on the mindbodygreen podcast—starting with a blood-sugar-balancing breakfast.

Below, she offers a morning hack to prevent blood sugar spikes, as well as a few nourishing substitutes for some classic breakfast favorites.

A breakfast hack to keep blood sugar balanced.

According to Means, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, especially when it comes to metabolic health. “I think breakfast is the key [meal] I would focus on optimizing if you’re new to this [blood-sugar-balancing] sort of space,” she says. “And the biggest shift I would say is switching from a sweet breakfast to a savory breakfast. That is one of the best life hacks.”