There are many options on the market when it comes to what to eat for breakfast, but they certainly are not all created equal. Even seemingly harmless foods can contribute to a stall when you are trying to lose weight, and can set you on the wrong path when you are trying to stick to healthy eating habits. Knowing which foods to avoid at breakfast can make it easier for you to focus on the foods you should eat for breakfast.
This might seem like a given, but even the healthy options on a fast food menu, such as a yogurt parfait, are full of high fructose corn syrup among other unhealthy ingredients. Since there is no way to tell exactly what is in any foods that are offered at fast food restaurants, it is a good idea to stay away from them altogether any time of day, let alone breakfast time.
Bagels and Cream Cheese
Even whole wheat bagels won’t give you the nutrients you need to start the day with the energy your body is going to need to get you through until lunch. Cream cheese is high in saturated fats and calories, and more than likely even the bagel contains added sugars.
Processed Breakfast Bars
The breakfast bars found near the cereal in the grocery store are loaded with unhealthy ingredients. Many even still contain trans fats in the form of partially hydrogenated oils. In addition, these bars won’t keep you satisfied until lunch which means you have a great chance of snacking in between meals.
Actually, fruit is a good morning choice as part of a balanced breakfast. But eating fruit alone will spike your blood sugar levels in a hurry. This could lead to a very quick drop in blood sugar, which can leave you feeling grumpy and hungry well before lunch.
If a lone cup of coffee is your kind of breakfast, you should really think again about what you’re putting in your body. Or more importantly, what you’re not putting in your body. Depriving your body of much needed nutrients just to shave off a few hundred calories will only backfire in the long run. Skipping breakfast often leads to munching throughout the day and late night snacks.
There are numerous healthy options to choose from when it’s time to eat breakfast. For example, an egg white omelet full of mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes and non-fat cheese served with a slice of whole wheat bread, coffee and a small piece of fruit is no more than 300 calories and will keep you satisfied until lunch comes rolling around. Alternatively, those in a hurry can throw some granola on some fat-free flavored yogurt and cut up a banana to top it with for a quick, healthy breakfast. Good old fashioned oatmeal with fresh berries is also a fantastic beginning to any busy day.