If you just finished a big smoothie or had some yogurt with fruit for breakfast thinking that you actually ate something healthy, chances are you didn’t. You’ve probably heard the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so obviously your choice of foods for this meal is just as important in keeping you healthy and helping you lose weight.
Social media often promotes foods likes breakfast bowls, massive smoothies and yogurt parfaits for weight-loss, but the truth is that these breakfast choices aren’t as good for your health as you thought.
If you’re making any of the breakfast mistakes mentioned below, you’re sabotaging your weight-loss efforts before the day even begins.
Coffee with Toast
You probably thought that coffee and toast for breakfast is a harmless choice but once you factor in all the garnishes like butter on toast and full-fat milk and sugar in coffee, the calories start piling on.
That is almost twice the amount of calories that you should be consuming in a ‘healthy breakfast’. Buttered toasts often make a poor breakfast choice due to their low nutritional value. If you’re looking for a healthier start of the day choose complex carbs like oatmeal topped with berries and fruits. If you must grab something on the go, choose a smaller coffee with a breakfast wrap.
Smoothies can be a pretty good choice for healthy breakfast as long as you watch the ingredients that go inside them. If you order a smoothie at a café or a restaurant, don’t expect it to be made out of fresh fruits, almond milk and dates.
These places often find the most cost-efficient ways to make foods and often use processed fruit purees or syrups instead of real fruits blended with whole milk or yogurt and other high-calorie additives which defeat the purpose of having a healthy smoothie.
If you really love smoothies and have to have one for breakfast, choose a smaller order and ask to add some protein powder to increase your breakfast protein consumption. If you’re allowed to choose your own fruits for the smoothie, picks ones that are low in sugar and high in antioxidants such as berries and some leafy greens.
Yogurt bowls are a simple choice for breakfast which you can grab from any café or local grocery store before heading to work, but don’t be fooled by the marketing gimmicks companies use to sell their seemingly-healthy products. Most yogurt parfaits are high in sugar and contain a ton of imitation syrup instead of real fruits.
Throw in a handful of muesli and this breakfast option is already topping 30 grams of sugar per one tiny cup.
You’ve probably seen these colorful fruit bowls all over Instagram but don’t be fooled by their seemingly healthy appearance. Acai bowls are often packed with sugary fruit purees, extra fruits, nuts and muesli which make them high in sugar and calories.
Remember: just because fruits are healthy doesn’t mean that you need to puree and consume them in large quantities in one sitting. If you really want a healthier alternative to acai bowls, choose a banana or an apple with a handful of nuts and berries topped over some low-fat Greek yogurt for breakfast for a good mix of protein, carbs and healthy fats.
Most people love the fact that cafés offer a complementary slice of banana bread with every order of coffee – but just because its free, doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Café-style banana breads are loaded with butter, sugar and heavy icing which make them a terrible choice for breakfast.