Are you starting off your Morning with Breakfast...or Dessert? Many breakfast foods can be high in calories, sugar, carbohydrates...or all three! Some popular examples of these foods include pancakes with syrup, muffins, glazed donuts, flavored yogurt, granola, waffles with whipped cream and fruit, flavored bagels, and breakfast sandwiches with sausage, cheese, etc. These "dessert" foods are often disguised as "breakfast" foods.
Did you know that a basic brownie contains 12-15 grams of sugar and a normal 6 ounce serving of strawberry yogurt contains 18 grams of sugar? The yogurt has more sugar than the basic brownie! Plain non-fat yogurts of any brand are always the better option. These yogurts have less calories and sugar per serving and are a good source of calcium.
The quantity of what you eat for breakfast is very important. Read cereal labels carefully. Most cereals are higher in sugar. When looking for a cereal, it is best to pick one that lists whole grain as one of the first ingredients, select sugar free options, and do not to eat more than one serving.
Eggs are an excellent choice for breakfast. Eggs contain the perfect balance of ample fats, carbohydrates, and protein, which will help to give a fuller feeling and suppress appetite longer. Selenium is found in eggs and is a valuable mineral. Selenium neutralizes certain oxidative stress in our body. Eggs also contain lutein, which is an antioxidant that can help to eliminate environmental exposure to free radicals. For breakfast you want to eat something with fiber, protein, and good carbohydrates.
Fruit is another great breakfast option. Fruit is composed of natural sugar, vitamins, and minerals, which will help with immediate energy and stamina. Fruit is also sweet and will satisfy your cravings for sugar without adding unnecessary fat and calories. Fruits are also an excellent source of dietary fiber.
So next time you sit down for breakfast, think about whether the food you pick up is really "breakfast"...or is it "dessert"?