Nov 10, 2021
Everyone has their own definition of what makes a healthy, nutritious breakfast. Some people start the day with hot oatmeal, others with cold cereal and fruit juice. Many baby boomers prefer to eat light in the morning so that they have enough energy for an active lifestyle without being weighed down by food. However, even if you are eating only fruits and vegetables for breakfast, there are still some foods you should avoid.
Home fries are simply fried cubes of russet or Idaho potatoes. This is one of those breakfast foods everyone knows is loaded with unhealthy ingredients like butter or oil, but it's also seasoned with salt and pepper to make it taste better. you order them at a restaurant check out the nutrition facts and you'll see that there are over 200 calories in just half a serving. Even if you only eat one serving, it's still too many calories to have at breakfast.
People who prefer hot cereal for breakfast do so because they believe that eating light will keep them from feeling sluggish. However, there are plenty of unhealthy cereals to avoid even if you don't add cream or sugar. One study found that people who ate sugary cereals for breakfast were 78% more likely to be obese than those who choose low-sugar options. Also, while it might seem like eating whole grain would make a cereal healthy, not all whole grains are created equal. Look for cereals that are labeled "100% whole grain" rather than just "whole grain."
When you think of white bread, the first thing that comes to mind are French fries or a glazed doughnut. But did you know one bagel can have 300 calories and almost 11 grams of fat? That's worse than a Big Mac! Eating this for breakfast will definitely leave you feeling sluggish throughout your morning. Studies have also found that eating white bread early in the day makes it harder to control your appetite later on . If you really want something carb-laden for breakfast, try an Ezekiel English muffin instead. Not only is it 100% whole grain, but it also contains 6 grams of protein.
It is not unusual to see "cinnamon roll" on restaurant menus at breakfast time. Like bagels, these cinnamon rolls are made with white bread dough and they're generously frosted with cream cheese icing. It's no surprise that one cinnamon roll can have more than 700 calories! When you spread the icing on top of the roll, it adds even more calories and fat. Try eating whole grain toast instead or just skip it altogether if you want something sweet for breakfast. You don't need a pastry to get your fix. If you really crave sugar in the morning, try some fruit instead.
Muffins are muffin tops... in more ways than one. At 330 calories per average muffin, blueberry or not, you definitely don't want to be eating these for breakfast. If you must have something sweet with your morning coffee, try an oatmeal raisin cookie instead. It's still got all the flavors of a blueberry muffin and would only set you back about 200 calories. Blueberries themselves are great antioxidant foods and can help reduce cancer risk, making them a good addition to any diet – just not as the main ingredient in a high-calorie breakfast pastry!
This is part 1 of a two-series article. Watch out for the next five foods to avoid this Friday!
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