Having in mind that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day, don’t skip it for any reason. However, if you’re eating the inappropriate foods, you could be sabotaging your entire day. Some symptoms, such feeling yourself tired mid-day, even after a morning cup of coffee (or three), feeling hungry before lunchtime, or eating bigger portion than you normally do, it may be because you’re choosing the wrong foods in the morning. Here’s a list what you should avoid.
- Low-Fiber Cereal
You should be aware that sugary cereal isn’t the most nutritious choice because the sugar content isn’t the only thing you should worried about. By eating a cereal, which is low in fiber and high in carbs, it won’t keep you full and you’ll be hungry earlier than expected.
- Light Yogurt
Even light seems a good choice, when it comes to light yogurts, which are low in calories but high in chemicals and artificial sweeteners, especially when you choose the flavored kinds.
Instead, choose the plain, low-fat Greek yogurt. The protein of the Greek yogurt will keep you feeling fuller longer and is made without any added sugar.
- Store-Bought Smoothies
Most of you prefer smoothies to green juice because they’re much sweeter. The ice cream, which is usually added to smoothies are full of fat milk, so it’s more like a milkshake.
Instead, you can eat your fruit raw, but if you insist on smoothie option, then make one yourself at home using Greek yogurt.
For all of you enjoying the bagel in the morning, have in mind that the most bagels are the equivalent of four slices of white bread, as they are overloaded of the carb. If you still want to stay with them, choose the whole-grain kind and top with avocado or peanut butter, so you can double the effects, get protein and healthy fat that keep you full and energized.
Pancakes are packed with empty and refined white carbs, and when you’re topping them with syrup (not real maple syrup) you’re going to create a sugar boom for yourself.
You absolutely do not have to give up pancakes. Try making your pancakes with Greek yogurt and top them with real, all-natural maple syrup.
Many people who have busy mornings use the protein or granola bar in the way to work, should rethink about their routine. As the bars are filled with sugar and chemicals, they can cause a mid-day energy crash.
Instead, you can choice homemade creations — with a variety of nuts, seeds, fruit, and grains.
Juices are a great way to sneak in extra greens and fruits but they don’t constitute a solid breakfast. In case you don’t get enough protein, you’ll be hungry very soon (mid-morning). Juices are all carbs and sugar, so it is better to have them as a snack later on, or together with some protein and healthy fat for breakfast.
Comparing with the cereal granola is a healthier option, but higher in calories, they can contain a lot of added sugar and little protein, causing your blood sugar to raise.
Instead, top your yogurt with raw nuts.
- Takeout Breakfast Sandwich
Even a breakfast sandwich from the drive-thru might seem like a balanced option because it gets some protein in there, but if they are greasy, processed, fried, and sandwiched between refined carbs they don’t have any fiber, and you’ll be hungry way sooner than you should be.
- Breakfast Pastries
Whatever type of a donut (danish, or poppin’ that Pop-Tart into the toaster), you’re doing it wrong. As they’re made with refined white flour they contain an abundantly amount of added sugar, which causes your blood sugar to spike and make you hungry much sooner.