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4 Unhealthy Breakfast Choices
Published: 03/28/2013

Yesterday we covered three healthy breakfast options; today we present four breakfast foods to avoid.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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