Mom told us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day—and she was correct! However, in our groggy states, how are we supposed to select a healthy, nutritious meal, let alone a sensible beverage, that will fuel our mornings and establish our metabolism for the day ahead?
According to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it’s sneaky beverages (like those listed below) that you really have to watch out for! They discovered that an extra 100 calories in liquid form triggers weight gain faster than 100 excess calories from food, particularly for those who don’t know the nutritional value of what exactly they’re sipping…
1. Breakfast Smoothies
No matter how much the fruit is stressed in that store- or café-bought fruit smoothie, chances are its jam-packed full of excess sugar, fat, and unnecessary calories (i.e., from ingredients like frozen yogurt, ice cream, whipped cream, syrups, and fruits containing added sugars) if you don’t blend it yourself. That’s not saying that fruit smoothies—a combination of fresh or frozen fruit, Greek yogurt or low fat milk, and even a handful of greens—can’t be a healthy breakfast option. They totally can. Just puree your own at home so you’re aware of exactly what you’re slurping.