7 Breakfasts That Only Pretend to Be Healthy
Not everything that we're used to thinking of as a healthy morning habit is quite so. We at Bright Side consider it important for you to know a few things about breakfast.
Your breakfast is what gives you energy for the whole day. If it's really healthy, that is. Skipping your morning meal is a grave mistake as it can result in various diseases. Just make sure that what you eat is good for you. Our investigation of popular myths will help you.
1. Granola is incredibly healthy, right?
Certainly. In theory. However, ready-made granola contains sugar and saturated fats, which are not what you'd expect from it.
Still, it's nothing to worry about because you can easily make granola at home. Just mix cereal, nuts, coconut flakes, cinnamon, and honey, and bake it all until golden.
2. Fat free is better
This is a myth. Low-fat dairy foods compensate for their lack of fats with additives to retain the taste and flavor of full-fat products. In addition, low-fat dairy negatively affects metabolic processes. Opt for full-fat and low-sugar foods - they will not only do no harm to your body but also help keep you satiated for longer.
3. Neglecting proteins
If you're still hungry after breakfast, better throw some protein-rich foods into your morning meal. Eggs, for one, which can be cooked in many different ways. If eggs are not for you, opt for whole-grain carbs as they'll satiate you better for longer. Adding some Greek yogurt to them won't hurt either: it's a source of protein as well.
4. Egg whites instead of whole eggs
Quite a typical case: egg whites have little fat and thus little calories, while all the healthy things are contained in the yolks, such as iron, vitamin B, and vitamin D. However, fat in the yolk gave birth to the myth that it affects blood cholesterol levels, which it doesn't according to recent studies. Feel free to have a full-egg omelet for breakfast.
5. Orange juice
A glass of orange juice sounds pretty healthy until you find out how many oranges it takes to make it. Juices tend to be full of sugar, so it's better to eat an actual fruit instead. It'll give you a boost of vitamins and fiber.
You can also try making juice yourself. Green apple, carrot, celery, and ginger is a good combination.
6. Breakfast bar
Most breakfast bars are packed with sugar and saturated fats, while not containing any protein to speak of. If you don't have time to prepare your breakfast in the morning, think of it the night before. Making a cereal with nuts and berries won't take long, and your body will thank you for it in the morning.
7. Breakfast on the go
Time is of the essence when we talk about a healthy diet. Having snacks on the go deprives you of necessary substances, leaving you still hungry. If you had a small breakfast or none whatsoever, be sure to take some healthy snacks with you: nuts, natural yogurt, or some fruit. And then don't miss a good protein-rich meal. Only this way can you keep away that nagging hunger eating you from inside the whole day.