Nowadays in today’s modern and fast life, when healthy eating habits have changed, when we skip breakfast or eat fast food or processed food for breakfast, our health is on serious negative impact.
Sometimes, things that we consider as good or healthy, actually are exactly opposite and are not pretty good for our body. Today there are many foods which are rich in artificial flavors and flavor enhancers, preservatives, high amount of sugar and salt and all those foods leads to unhealthy diet which leads to weight gain and many health problems.
Breakfast Options That Increase Your Waistline
Breakfast cereals, corn flakes or muesli soaked in skim milk or soya milk may look like ideal healthy breakfast but think again. Calorific and nutritional value to this breakfast is far behind ideal. They may be ideal snack, but breakfast, not at all. If you have kids, you probably know that they prefer them coated with sugar or chocolate and that is one unhealthy habit. Next time you shop for cereals, shop for whole grain which are low in sugar, high in fiber and are rich in protein.
Waffles, Pancakes and Bagels
All these breakfast options are made from refined flour. Refined grains contribute to insulin resistance, diabetes type 2, obesity and weight gain. Food rich in carbs may make you feel you full but they will leave you hungry very fast. Today you have many choices for refined flour replacement, so next time if you want to prepare pancakes, better and healthier option is to use almond, coconut or some other wholemeal flour.
Smoothies have become one of the favorite breakfast for many people. But, when it comes to smoothies bought from the store near you, that may not be a very good idea. Unlike smoothies which are made at home, these smoothies have excessive amounts of calories and many of them contain artificial sweeteners and flavors.
Fruit juices may not be high in calories like smoothies, they are also low on fiber so they can’t be healthy breakfast replacement. They do contain many vitamins and antioxidants which is good, but using fruit juices as breakfast, affects metabolism and sugar levels. Natural sugar increases blood sugar level and insulin levels. So next time, take a glass of natural fruit juice or eat whole fruits together with your breakfast, not to use juice as a breakfast.
As some people drink juice or smoothies for breakfast, some people prefer coffee to start their day. When you change your breakfast for coffee, especially for specialty coffee which may contain more than 250 calories and sugars, you are causing craving for more sugar and hunger. So, eat healthy breakfast, then enjoy in cup of black coffee.