You’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And there’s a reason for following that wise piece of advice. Food research shows that starting your day with a healthy breakfast will aid weight loss goals by curbing mid-afternoon snack attacks and binge eating. However, that doesn’t mean you should fill your gullet with a mess of sugar-filled cereals or toaster treats first thing in the morning. The key to a healthy breakfast is a combination of complex carbohydrates, lean protein, low fat dairy, and fresh fruits.
In other words, the following 20 foods will only provide an overload of sugar, empty carbohydrates and calories, and a lack of essential vitamins that will leave you fatigued and craving sugar by mid-day. So steer clear of these breakfast foods to start your day…
1. Bagel with Cream Cheese
If you’re getting your bagel and cream cheese on the go, you’re probably not getting a calorie-conscious, whole grain bagel with reduced fat cream cheese. Whole grain is made up of all the essential parts of the entire and original buckwheat, spelt, kamut, bulger, barley, millet, corn, oat, amaranth, grain, or rye gain. This means it hasn’t been cracked, crushed, rolled, or extruded.
However, if like many, you crave a toasted bagel in the morning, you can easily cut the calories in half by toasting and smearing your own whole grain bagel at home. Or better yet, skip the high caloric and fatty cream cheese and use low fat cottage cheese or natural nut butter instead. Raw nut butters like almond, peanut, macadamia, and soy butter are all tasty and melt nicely onto a bagel.