Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day. It’s also been widely reported that people who eat breakfast are more likely to be at their ideal weight, as opposed to those who skip it. But sometimes when you think you’re doing the right thing by eating first thing in the morning, you’re actually doing the wrong thing because of the foods you’re consuming. So what are the most commonly mistaken ‘healthy’ foods and how are they making you fat?
Nutritionists say that cereal has no nutritional value whatsoever, contrary to the belief. Most breakfast cereals are overly processed, loaded with sugar and are high GI, meaning you’re more likely to be hungry sooner rather than later. Also, because the recommended serving size is so small, you’re likely to over-eat and consume more calories.
If eliminating cereal from your diet is out of the question, opt for something that’s high-fibre and low-sugar like a bran. You could also try making your own cereal or muesli by combining oats, seeds and nuts and sweetening it with a small amount of honey.
Just like with cereal, we can be led to believe that a glass of fruit juice is nutritious. And while it does have a small amount of antioxidants and nutrients, it contains nearly as much sugar as a soft-drink. A better option would be to freshly squeeze your own juice using real fruit, or ideally, opt for a green juice with some spinach and kale.
There’s no denying that a bagel with lashings of cream cheese is delicious, but it’s not going to do your waistline any favours in the long run. Most bagels are equivalent to around five pieces of bread, and that’s not including the topping! Instead, opt for rye or wholemeal bread with a high protein topping like tuna, eggs or salmon. Not only will it keep you feeling fuller for longer, it will keep any unwanted calories at bay.
Yoghurt is a great source of calcium, protein and contains good bacteria, but don’t be fooled – some yoghurts are full of sugar and high in calories. Some low fat options actually incorporate more sugar into their ingredients, so always be sure to check the back of the label. Natural yoghurt is a great alternative as it contains minimal sugar and has maximum benefits, otherwise goat or coconut yoghurt is a great swap, too.
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