The awesome thing about breakfast is that it opens the door for such versatility, flavor, and fun. Between eggs, pancakes, toast creations, smoothies, and puddings, there are so many breakfast foods to choose from. However, there are also breakfast foods food bloggers won't eat. The bloggers avoid specific diet disasters as they lack in nutrition, inefficiently boost satiety, and contain excess sugar, fats, or sodium, all of which can lead to burnout mid-day. You've heard health bloggers tout the benefits of signature healthy breakfast foods, like oatmeal, Greek yogurt, eggs, and green smoothies before, but have often overlooked the dietary cautions that they provide. Whatever you choose you eat first thing in the morning can dictate the flow of the rest of the day.
Eating a nutritious breakfast—one that is high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats—and avoiding foods that can trigger cravings, irritability, or fatigue, as the day progresses, will set you up for great success and happiness, which can boost your overall wellbeing. Here are a few breakfasts health experts won't eat, as these foods can mess with their moods, energy, and productivity for hours to come.
Certified healthy lifestyle coach Liz Traines says she never eats any bread-like breakfasts found on restaurant menus. And the same applies for packaged items sold at the supermarket, as they are often packed with sugar, sodium, and unhealthy fats (like trans fats). Traines loves making her own carb-oriented breakfast foods, like protein pancakes, hearty oatmeal, or healthy whole-grain French toast. Traines also enjoys spreading dips on toasts. Think avocado toast with avocado mash on top of a whole-grain slice.
While smoothies are considered a great way to consume fresh fruits and vegetables early in the day, many prepared juices are loaded with sugar and carbohydrates and contain very little fiber and protein, explains running coach and personal trainer Susie Lemmer. She cautions against purchasing fruit smoothies—unless they're vegetable-based smoothies—and instead, recommends making smoothies at home. Lemmer suggests adding protein and healthy fats, such as nut butter, seeds, protein powder, and almond milk, as well green vegetables, like spinach.
A lean cut of turkey bacon or sausage serves as a good source of protein for breakfast, but eating fatty or high-sodium cuts of meat can be a diet buster, advises dietitian Elizabeth Ann Shaw. When choosing a meat protein, make sure it's free of nitrates and other additives, and opt for organic, reliable brands when possible. Also, limiting sodium and saturated fat content will help with boosting nutrition.
By being mindful of these breakfast foods, or opting to create your own in a healthier fashion, you'll provide greater fuel to start your day off right.