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Three ""Healthy"" Breakfasts That You Should Avoid

Breakfast is sort of a hot-button issue for people. It’s hard to navigate through what to do or what not to do, since there is so much conflicting information out there. Is it okay to skip breakfast or does that slow your metabolism down drastically? Is it better to eat earlier or later? Should we eat carb-heavy breakfasts or should we stick to lighter fare? The questions are seemingly endless, and you will be hard pressed to find consistent answers to any of them. I suppose that the only resolution is to find what works best for you and your dietary needs. If you can’t manage to stomach anything other than a piece of toast before noon, fine. The bottom line is that whatever we decide to do in terms of our first meal, there is definitely some options out there that should be avoided, such as the following ones:

#1: Juice

While juicing does boast a myriad of health benefits all packed into one glass such as a plethora of vitamins and minerals as well as a low calorie content, it’s not a great breakfast option on its own. Juice is not a great source of fiber, and many of the store bought options pack in more sugar than soda does. The sugar content alone can cause your blood sugar levels to spike and then drop, leaving you feeling lethargic and ravenous early in the day. If you crave fruit in the morning, try topping a bowl of greek yogurt with a handful of berries and/or sliced banana as well as a sprinkle of chopped nuts, such as almonds.

#2: Fast-Food Egg Sandwiches

Many people think that when they are crunched for time, making a quick stop for an egg sandwich is a healthy breakfast-on-the go. However, with only one egg, they pack far more refined carbs than healthy, filling protein. Furthermore, often made with ham or bacon and cheese, they also have a high sodium and fat content. It’s a better choice to make your own egg sandwich at home, using a whole grain english muffin, two eggs, low-fat canadian bacon, and spinach.

#3: “Healthy” Cold Cereals

While many cereals that you find on the shelf use dietary buzzwords such as “high fiber” or “whole grain” to catch your eye, most of them are high in sugar, sodium, and calories. Instead, go for a filling bowl of oatmeal with sliced almonds, low-fat milk, and sliced bananas. You can even drizzle a bit of maple syrup over it, if you’re craving something sweet.


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