Do you tend to forego a real meal and treat coffee as your first meal of the day? This applies especially if you don’t eat for several hours after the coffee.

As convenient as it may be, especially for busy drivers on the road, coffee is not a meal.

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day as we’ve discussed before, providing you with the calories needed to fuel your metabolism and nourish your body.

Ideally, breakfast should have at least 400-800 calories, and a mix of protein, carbs, and fat.

For example, eggs and fruit provides this mix, as does Greek yogurt and berries, and oatmeal with almond butter and a scoop of collagen powder.

Carbs, protein, and fats all play a unique role in the body, and help deliver the many vitamins and minerals that we need for good health.

So next time you’re tempted to call your morning coffee a meal, consider having something else alongside it.

Bonus: eating before drinking your coffee can help to lessen the effect the caffeine has on your adrenal glands, and will limit the “crash” you may get later on.