As your mother probably told you, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Whether this is true or not, we have to make sure that we do it the right way! I am neither a dietician nor a nutritionist, but the internet is a wonderful resource. 😉 After a bit of research, I found common breakfast choices that we need to avoid and thought I’d share them with you:
1. Orange juice
Not everything with fruit in it is healthy. Orange juice and other fruit juices contain extremely high levels of sugar, and as you may know, high intakes of sugar can result in obesity and high blood pressure. Tea, water with fruit or a smoothie are much better options to go for at breakfast.
I always thought breakfast cereals are a healthy choice, but Authority Nutrition says otherwise. Many cereals are highly processed and only contain a small amount of whole grains. The nutrients in those cereals are artificially added and can therefore have an unnatural nutrition balance, which can cause serious health problems.
3. Breakfast bars
Another food item to skip for breakfast are breakfast bars, such as granola bars. How innocent those tiny bars may seem, do not be fooled! According to the Daily Mail, many breakfast bars contain high levels of sugar, as well as fats.
4. Non-fat and sweetened yogurt
Although “non-fat” sounds healthy in itself, this is not always the case. Like breakfast bars, non-fat yogurt contains lots of sugar, making it an unhealthy breakfast choice. Coconut yogurt is a great alternative; according to the Daily Mail, nutritionists even prefer coconut yogurt over regular yogurt, since it is high in fibre and contains many vitamins and minerals.
5. Waffles with syrup
Waffles with syrup is a popular breakfast choice in the United States, and despite how delicious it is, we should not have this combination for breakfast. Instead of having waffles with high-sugar syrup, we should use healthier toppings, such as fruit.
6. Muffins or donuts
Yes, I know muffins and donuts are delicious, but we should not have them for breakfast. They are high in calories, sugar, carbs and fats, and therefore do not fill us up for long.
7. Pastries in general
Unless it’s our birthday, we should not be having pastries for breakfast. Yes, I know those cinnamon rolls taste good, but health is wealth! Symptom Find lists several reasons why they should be avoided:
- Pastries have high-sugar levels due to the frosting, glaze and other ingredients.
- Pastries are extremely high in carbs and leave you feeling hungry in no time.
- Most pastries are made with white flour instead of whole grains.
- Pastries are high in fat and calories.
8. Bagels with cream cheese
You wouldn’t think so, but bagels can be the equivalent of four or more slices of white bread. If you love bagels too much (like me), get whole wheat bagels instead and use healthier toppings, such as avocado, hummus or peanut butter.
9. Take-out sandwiches
It’s an easy option, especially if you are in a hurry, but do not make take-out sandwiches a habit. As Delish explains, take-out breakfast sandwiches are often processed and contain refined carbs that don’t have any fiber, which means you’ll be hungry soon.
Whether having breakfast is good or not, is still a contested issue among nutritionists. It also differs from person to person. I have friends that are not hungry in the morning and function well without having breakfast; while other people I know are the complete opposite.
My opinion is that breakfast is good if you choose healthy options and bad if you don’t. Simply try to avoid low-fat and processed foods and go for whole foods instead. Fruits and vegetables are great options for breakfast. On Tasting Page, you can find some healthy vegetarian breakfast inspiration. Vegans should check out this post on It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken. Good luck!