13 Foods You Should Stop Eating for Breakfast
As your mother may have taught you, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It kickstarts your metabolism, gives you the energy you need to transition from a night of rest into a day of action, and sets the tone for the rest of the meals you'll crave and consume. Unfortunately, there are a host of breakfast foods that do more harm than good. Keep scrolling for 13 foods you should cut from your a.m. routine.
Though a bagel with cream cheese, butter, preserves, or alone is one of the most popular American breakfast options, it's also a dense hunk of empty carbohydrates with very little nutritional value (fiber, protein, whole grains etc.). Eating one bagel is equivalent to eating four pieces of bread, which is probably more than you'd ever do on a given morning.
In many instances, a breakfast bar is no different than a candy bar in terms of sugar and calories. And you wouldn't eat a chocolate bar for breakfast (hopefully!). Even healthier options that tout whole grains, fiber, and protein, are candy-coated with chocolate and sugary shells, and, at the very least, are full of processed ingredients.
Take the carb-dense hunk of white flour that is a bagel, and combine it with the sugar of a chocolate nut spread, and then deep fry the whole thing, and you've got a donut. Sure, you're probably not regularly downing donuts on your commute to work, but they're truly one of the worst foods to eat at breakfast, or ever.
Waffles also lack nutritional value. If you're really craving one, make sure it's whole grain (and doesn't list sugar as one of its primary ingredients). Also, have it with a tablespoon of peanut butter and a piece of fresh, whole fruit.
What's your favorite healthy breakfast? Tell us in the comments! And click here for some filling breakfast options that are healthy and well-rounded!