Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Not only is it when you get the nutrients to power you through your busy schedule, but eating a healthy breakfast can set a healthy tone for the rest of the day. Not all breakfast foods are healthy though, some can be really bad for you. Here are some foods our nutritionists recommend you avoid putting on your breakfast plate and some healthy options to eat instead:
The worst thing you can do for your body and metabolism is to skip breakfast. Even if you just grab something light, it is better than not eating at all.
2. Fancy Coffee Drinks
Sure a caramel macchiato with extra whip sounds delicious, but starting your day off with the one two punch of sugar and caffeine will set you up for a rough time ahead. You may enjoy the flavor but by mid-morning you may experience an energy-sucking crash that can derail your day. Opt instead for a flavorful herbal tea.
3. Sweetened Fruity Yogurt
You would be surprised at the amount of sugar in most yogurts. Even when you grab a healthy greek yogurt they can be loaded with added sugars. Instead get pain greek yogurt and add your own fruits. You’ll get the same great taste without risking a mid-morning sugar crash.
Granola is another food that is loaded with sugars. Even yogurts with the healthiest ingredients may still have a ton of added sugar. For the same crunch and flavor, grab a trail mix instead. Pro-tip: Head to the bulk aisle of the grocery store and customize your own breakfast trail mix with your favorite dried fruits, nuts, and seeds.
Doughnuts, danishes, and strudels are delicious with a cup of coffee, but they are terrible to eat for breakfast. Not only are they loaded with sugars, they are also full of simple carbs. The combination does not give you the sustained energy you need to get you through the day. Make a bowl of steel cut oats instead. They’ll give you a similar flavor but are loaded with protein and complex carbs to get you through the day.
6. Fruit Juice
Orange juice is a classic part of American breakfast. Unless you are making your own fresh-squeezed orange juice, you should steer clear. The stuff you buy at the store is usually flavor with artificial flavoring and syrups and sweeteners. Instead of drinking the juice, grab the fruit you are craving. Not only will you avoid the sugar, but you’ll also get all the extra nutrients like fiber.
When you work with an Everlasting Changes trainer, you are also getting a nutritional coach. That way you can be sure that both your diet and your exercise routine are helping you reach your goals. To learn more about what foods to avoid and what to eat give us a call.
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