When is the Right Time to Eat?

03 September, 2018
The right time to consume food depends on the country where you live. There are, however, some basic rules of them for everyone. Learn more in this article!

Each of us has breakfast, lunch, a snack and dinner at a certain time. Sometimes, on the weekend, we may delay them.

The right time to consume food depends on the country where you live.

For example, in Spain, some people eat between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., but in Portugal they usually eat at 1:00 p.m. A

ll the same, there’s an appropriate time to consume food during the day, which can be applied anywhere.


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In this article, we’ll see when it’s better to consume each meal. Want to join us?

Breakfast starting at 7:00

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7:00 is the right time to consume breakfast foods. We can also start eating breakfast at 8:00, but it’s not recommendable to have it much later.

  • What should a good breakfast include? As we know, it is the most important meal of the day, so it has to be substantial.
  • It should include fruit, grains and some food that contains calcium. With these, you’ll have a complete breakfast.

Sometimes, some people are not able to have breakfast due to the fact that they wake up with their “stomach closed.”

In these cases, we recommend taking some time (shower, get ready …) so that your body wakes up and becomes hungry. Drinking a glass of water can help.

A snack between 10:00 and 11:00

Once we have breakfast, we often go to work or to attend to our responsibilities. Then, at 10:00 or 11:00, it’s advisable that we eat something.

  • It’s a perfect time to have some fruit, a cereal bar or some yogurt with nuts.

Eating something light at this time of the morning will help to stave off hunger until mealtime. In addition, it will also give us some more energy.

If you wish, you can have a cup of coffee, too.

Lunch after 13:00

Lunch after 13:00

It’s not recommended that you eat lunch before 13:00, unless you don’t have another option.

But how long can you delay lunch?

Well, until 15:00 in the afternoon at the latest.

  • In this meal, you have to include some vegetables, protein, healthy fats, greens and carbohydrates.
  • It must be a meal that’s filling, but that isn’t too hearty. This could be counterproductive and diminish your energy.

After the meal, we can eat something light for dessert, like another piece of fruit, and accompany it with a cup of tea. Tea helps the body digest and helps the stomach to feel good.


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Time to eat a snack!

Having a snack isn’t for children. Just like we should have lunch, adults should also have a snack.

This way, we can better hold off until dinner and avoid snacking on any unhealthy food.

  • The appropriate time to consume food for a snack is between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. If you’ve eaten at 3:00 p.m., you can extend this time until 6:00 p.m.

It’s important that you know that all these hours are flexible, and you can always adapt them to your lifestyle.

  • For a snack, you could eat a handful of nuts. They’ll give a lot of energy.
  • Also, if you haven’t had a yogurt earlier in the day, this would be a good time to have one. If you accompany it with some nuts, it will be a complete snack.

Dinner shouldn’t be later than 9:00 p.m.

Dinner must not be later than 9:00 p.m.

The appropriate time to consume food at dinner is from 7:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. or 10 p.m. It’s not advisable to dine any later, unless you go to sleep very late.

Remember that there should be at least two hours after you finish dinner before you go to sleep.

If you eat before bed, it’s hard for you to fall asleep, uncomfortable and, most likely, causes gas. Therefore, it’s important to have dinner as soon as you can to give your body time to digest.


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  • Dinner should be light. Some soup, some fish, a chicken breast, some vegetables…It should be a dinner that’s rich in vitamins and that does not require a lot of digestion.
  • Some people just have a glass of milk or a small sandwich. This is also adequate. The needs of each person are different.

These are just some recommendations, but everything depends on your needs. In addition, each person has work and responsibilities that may require him or her to have other meal times.

When do you eat your meals? Do they match the times we’ve recommended?

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