Want to Eat a Healthy Breakfast? 3 Things to Watch Out For!
Maintaining that waistline, or trying to cut it back? Feeling unusually tired and full after your breakfast?
A healthy breakfast is a great way to kickstart your day in the most optimal way! A nutritious, balanced breakfast not only gives you a fantastic energy boost, but also the nutrition your body requires after a long snooze.
However, there are a lot of misconceptions about what a healthy breakfast actually is. Do you think having yogurt is healthy? What about cereal? Or perhaps an innocent slice of sandwich? Some are, and some aren’t! Here are three things you can look out for (and prevent yourself from consuming) to determine if you should probably have that for breakfast or not!
Sugar is one of the biggest causes of weight-gain! It’s commonly masked under names like…
corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrates, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, invert sugar, lactose, maltose, malt syrup, raw sugar,sucrose, sugar syrup, cane crystals, cane sugar, crystalline fructose, evaporated cane juice, corn syrup solids, malt syrup..
But why is sugar considered “unhealthy? Aside from adding no other beneficial value to your body and actually being a pretty addictive substance, it actually contributes to the increase in fat. So where is all that sugar hidden?
Protein bars, protein shakes, energy bars, cereal bars, milkshakes, cereal, and yogurt, are just a few common breakfast foods that contain a significant amount of sugar (depending on the brand!) — so do make it a point to check how many grams of sugar you’re consuming before indulging!
With Ava’s team work remotely, but we try to keep each other in check! Our goal is to consume less than 18 grams of sugar per day. Although some of us indulge without notifying on the Slack group, we always remember that it’s important to be aware and keep trying!
Carbohydrates (carbs) content
Carbs are another debatable topic altogether — there are “good” carbs (the unrefined ones from foods such as brown rice, fruits) and the “bad” carbs (the refined ones you find in pastries and all the yummy goodies).
It’s not an uncommon sight to see a spread of beautiful pastries or pancake stacks on your breakfast table — but those are actually refined carbs and they’re probably not the choice you want to make if you’re opting for the healthy lifestyle! They’re much lower in fiber and are digested quickly, causing you to feel hungry more quickly than you would if you consumed the unrefined, good carbs. These refined carbs also result in major swings in sugar levels and are typically high on the glycemic index (GI), causing you to crave for more food and likely overeat. Authority Nutrition provides a much more detailed comparison between the good and bad carbs, and why the fibre content in good carbs is important!
In general, try to avoid having pancakes or pastries, or white bread for breakfast. Opt for high-protein options such as scrambled eggs and a piece of fruit or a smoothie instead to keep you full longer, and nourish your body with the wholesome vitamins and minerals!
Sausages, chicken nuggets, overnight pizza are some quick breakfast options, and we know a lot of us are guilty of this! Quick and easy to prepare, these foods sometimes make the best option, especially when we’re in a hurry or have a pill of dishes in the sink which we haven’t done for a week!
However, these are not great breakfast options — especially if you’re looking to keep that waistline as it is (or reduce it!). They’re often full of artificial ingredients and chemicals, most of them we’re not really sure of or have even heard of before — probably best not to put these in our bodies. They contain preservatives, colorants, and even texturants! Processed foods not only does nearly zero goodness to our bodies, they are also often high in refined carbs and sugar, unhealthy fats and oil, all of which you do not want if you want to start living and eating healthy! Authority Nutrition has a great article about processed foods you can check out here.
Hmm, we suddenly feel like we’re out of options. What constitutes to a healthy breakfast then?
How about some Skillet-Baked Eggs with Spinach, Yogurt, and Chili Oil, or the healthy McMuffin alternative — Paleo Sausage Egg “McMuffin”? Check out the recipes here! Have your own creative little recipe? Hit the little heart icon, and leave us a comment here or on our Facebook page! :)
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