Yesterday we covered three healthy breakfast options; today we present four breakfast foods to avoid.
- Doughnuts. High in sugar, trans-fats, calories and refined flour, doughnuts are not only bad for your waistline, but ultimately disastrous for your energy levels as well. The high sugar content is likely to end in a midday energy crash. If you crave a doughnut, try a piece of whole-grain bread with some jam and peanut butter instead.
- Fast-Food "Breakfast Sandwiches." The combination of low-quality fried meats, processed cheese, and refined breads add up to a high-calorie, high-sodium unhealthy food. A better option is to make a sandwich at home – include whole-grain bread, and high-quality cheese, along with fresh veggies to boost your morning fiber.
- Sugared Cereal. While different brands vary widely in the amount of added sugars (do your homework and read the labels), sugared cereals should not be a part of your morning routine – or your diet, period. If you crave sweetness, try adding a half-teaspoon of sugar or stevia to unsweetened whole-grain cereals, or try a bowl of steel-cut oats with some blackstrap molasses, which provides added doses of calcium and iron.
- Granola. This healthy sounding mix of rolled oats, grains and sometimes fruits and nuts can be healthy, but you need to read the labels. Granola can be a source of unhealthy polyunsaturated fats and a larger amount of sugar than you may suspect. Instead of a bowl of granola, add some to unsweetened, organic yogurt for added flavor. When choosing granola, opt for full-fat, low-sugar versions.
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