We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but do you know why? Because the food we choose to eat at the beginning of the day sets the standard for the rest of the day. This is why what you choose first thing in the morning, is so important. Here’s our picks on what think you should stay away from!
Not all smoothies are made the same. The ones at Jamba Juice or Tropical Smoothie tend to have so much sugar and calories; you may as well down a Big Mac and fries. Even a grocery store smoothie packs a wallop of sugar that rivals that of a Mountain Dew. Save yourself the sugar and calories and make a delicious shake at home with Greek yogurt, fresh-frozen fruit and milk.
The Bad Bread Bunch:
This includes waffles, pancakes, bagels, muffin, and toast. All this bread is rich in refined flour and lack a filling fiber or protein. Temper this bread-fest with some protein; adding eggs to your breakfast will help you lose at least 65% more weight and ore belly fat. However, a classic egg sandwich is a great grab and go breakfast, but not so fast. If you get your egg sandwich from an outside source, i.e. anywhere but at home, you’re going to end up with a breakfast that’s high in both fat and calories. Take the time to make your own sandwich with two eggs, and one slice of lean ham or Canadian bacon.
‘Whole Grain’ or ‘High Fiber’ Cereal:
Yea, sure they sound good, but really what these cereals bring to the table is high sodium, high sugar, and even higher calories. Choosing these for breakfast will stop you before you start; draining you of energy, and having you crave sugar throughout the day. Some of the healthiest cereal options are Post Shredded Wheat Original, Quaker Old Fashion Oats.
We’ve all heard what a great choice Greek yogurt can be, but on its own its tangy and not very thrilling. Most companies know this, and add artificial ingredients, thickeners, and added sugar to give the consumer a more mainstream yogurt taste. Just Say O’hi (No in Greek) to store bought, flavored Greek yogurt, and choose low-sugar, plain Greek yogurt flavored with fresh or dried fruit instead.
NO BREAKFAST AT ALL:
This is the worst of the worst thing you can do to your body. Eating breakfast gives you more energy, and, according to research, skipping breakfast can raise your risk to develop heart disease by 27% and developing Type 2 diabetes by 28%.
Do your body a favor and feed it the nutrients it needs to start the day off right!