7. Pancakes and Sausage
The emerging waffle house or pancake house trend across the U.S. is filling us full of empty carbs, sugar, and fat, particularly when you consider what’s in those processed breakfast sausages. Prepared griddle style and swimming in corn syrup (not real maple syrup), the average pancake and sausage breakfast weighs in at 800 empty calories. Choosing a natural maple syrup is better, but it still doesn’t make up for the fact that a pancake is made from refined flour. Artificial syrup is made with high-fructose corn syrup which is also a main ingredient in most processed and packaged foods. “High fructose corn syrup can lead to more abdominal obesity and visceral fat-which is stored between the organs,” says registered dietitian Jean LaMantia to Best Health.
Luckily, homemade pancakes can be quick to make and lighter on the waistline. Mix up a pancake batter made with whole grain, multigrain, or quinoa flour, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla soy milk or almond milk, chopped nuts, applesauce, and an egg. Add some natural sweetness by adding sliced banana, golden raisins, maple syrup, and honey.