The Optimal Foods to Eat For Breakfast in Menopause

Breakfast in MenopauseBreakfast in Menopause is a Game-changer.

I am tackling the controversy of breakfast right here!

So many people don’t eat breakfast.  Whether you do or not, please hear me out.

If you want to lose weight or maintain a lower weight breakfast is one of those key things that can help. 

I often see women who want to skip it because they are trying to lose weight and feel that they must be overeating.

Then menopause, or peri-menopause, begins and along with all the other symptoms comes weight gain and frustration.

But not just any breakfast in menopause will do! 

Sugary cereals and milk are probably not going to help you out very much (but, you knew that already, right?).

There are certain “optimal” foods that will help you get through your day and help with your personal health and wellness.

During menopause women tend to gain weight. 

While this is pretty common, you don’t have to accept it, there are things you can do about it, and there are many reasons why (more often than not women are under eating NOT overeating!). 

Let’s look at the two most common reasons why women gain weight during menopause…

Reason #1

Reduced muscle mass.  Muscle mass uses energy (burns calories) so when we have less of it the body burns less energy overall, leading to weight gain.  And this gain may, ahem, usually, appears as increased belly fat.  

Reason #2

During menopause, there is an increase in the hunger hormone “ghrelin”.  Menopause also decreases the “satiety” hormone “leptin” that helps us feel full after eating which can lead to overeating.

More ghrelin and less leptin = increased hunger and a decreased feeling of fullness…that’s a problem! 

So what can you do about it and what does all of this have to do with breakfast in menopause?

Eating the right type of breakfast has been shown to help maintain muscle mass, balance levels of leptin and ghrelin, aid weight loss and maintain a lower weight.

What makes a food “optimal” for breakfast in menopause?

Foods that help to increase metabolic rate, fill you up and keep you feeling fuller longer.

Let’s have a look at the characteristics of these “optimal” foods.


Make sure to get protein in the mornings.  Eating protein is critical for women in menopause.  

Protein helps to slightly increase metabolism and give your muscles the amino acids they need to stay strong.  Protein also helps keep you feeling fuller longer which is great to try to offset that hunger hormone we talked about, “ghrelin”.

Protein also helps to reduce bone loss which can happen very fast during this time.

Which foods are high in protein?

  • Meat and poultry
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Beans and lentils
  • Nuts and seeds (contain more fat than protein but they are still a great source of amino acids)

Read on and check out the great breakfast recipe for you to try tomorrow morning.  It contains eggs which some say are the “perfect protein”.


Fibre is very important to help stabilize your blood sugars to reduce cravings.  The reason this is particularly important in menopause is because the risk of diabetes and heart disease increases after menopause due to an accumulation of visceral fat in the abdomen.  (Yes, I’m talking about the infamous “belly fat”!).

Also, did you know that certain fibres you eat actually feed your friendly gut microbes?  The ones that help you digest food and even make certain nutrients for you?

Which foods are high in fibre? 

Here are just a few of the foods you could add to your diet to increase fibre intake.  

  • Vegetables (squash, peas, sweet potato, artichokes, collard greens, pumpkin, parsnips, Brussels sprouts etc.)
  • Fruit (pears, avocados, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries etc.)
  • Nuts (almonds, pistachios, macadamia, hazelnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, walnuts, dried coconut etc.)
  • Seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, chia, flax etc.)
  • Gluten-free grains (oat, quinoa, wild rice etc.)
  • Beans and lentils

Bonus points if you get at least some of your daily fibre from flax.  Flax not only contains fibre but it’s also a source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids.  Flax has even been shown to help reduce both hot flashes and the risk of breast cancer.  Win-win!


What are “optimal” foods for breakfast in menopause?  Ones that give you ample protein and fibre.

Recipe (Protein and Fibre): Vegetable Egg Muffins

Makes 12

Tip: If you really dislike something, like mushrooms or peppers, leave it out. Increase the amount of another veg, or add diced celery, make it your own.


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 red pepper (diced)

2 cups baby spinach (chopped)

1 cup mushrooms (chopped)

2 cloves garlic (minced)

6 eggs

1 tablespoon flax (ground)


Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Grease (using olive or coconut oil) or line (makes clean-up a breeze) a 12-serving muffin tin.

Heat a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add olive oil and saute diced pepper until tender (about 5 minutes).

Add mushrooms and garlic to the frying pan and cook for an additional minute.

Whisk eggs and flax together in a medium bowl.

Place veggies into prepared muffin tin.

Pour the egg/flax mixture over the veggies.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the tops are firm to the touch and eggs are cooked.

Serve & Enjoy! These will keep for several days in the fridge, they make an easy grab-and-go breakfast.

Tip:  Use pastured eggs whenever possible.