Breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day. It is intended to provide your body with the energy and nutrients needed to get started. The problem is, there are so many food choices available, many of which are not very healthy.
1. Granola Bars
Although granola bars offer a quick, on-the-go meal, they are basically oatmeal and sugar. Not only are they full of sugar but they are very high in calories. Some commercial granola bars even have as many calories as a dessert.
2. Pre-Made Smoothies
Pre-made smoothies are convenient, but you do not have control of what is put in them. Often, pre-made smoothies have unnecessary sugars, dairy, or fruit juices added. All that a smoothie needs is healthy ingredients such as fruits, veggies, nuts, tea and non-dairy milks. Take the time to make your own smoothies.
You should never eat a muffin for breakfast because the truth is, muffins are cake disguised as breakfast foods. Of course they taste great but that is because it contains high amounts of sugar and empty calories. Fortunately, healthy muffins can be made at home.
4. Toaster Pastries
Toaster pastries are certainly a breakfast food that should never be eaten. Although tempting, they are extremely high in sugar and carbohydrates. As a result, your blood sugar can spike which is then followed by a dramatic decrease in energy.
The main problem with cereal is sugar. They offer almost no nutritional value and cannot provide the energy needed to start your day successfully. Worst part is, no matter how much you eat, you will likely be hungry again mid morning.
6. Flavored Yogurt
Yogurt in its pure form is full of probiotics, calcium and protein. Flavored yogurt on the other hand is loaded with sweeteners, artificial flavors and artificial colors. Rather than flavored yogurt add some fresh fruit to plain yogurt and enjoy.
7. Waffle/Pancake Mix
Waffle/pancake mix also offers very little nutritional value and tend to have less than 2 grams of fiber. What this product does have is fat, sugar, and carbs, which we all know is not a good start to any day.
8. Microwavable Breakfast Sandwiches
Yes, microwavable breakfast sandwiches offer a filling breakfast in a matter of minutes but they are not very nutritious. They are often made with refined wheat, which means that they are stripped from fiber and nutrients. Aside from that, microwavable sandwiches are full of sodium, fat, and sugar.
9. Processed Meats
Processed meats commonly enjoyed at breakfast such as bacon and ham have directly been linked to coronary as well as cardiovascular disease. This is a result of the preservatives and fats they contain. Sodium is also a huge problem with processed meats.