They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What you choose to eat in the morning can set the tone for the rest of your day. We live in a world with many food options and breakfast is no exception — the possibilities are endless!
So if you want to make the most out of your first meal, what foods should you avoid? Here’s a list of breakfast foods to pass on, in favor of optimal health.
Smoothies may seem like a great breakfast choice because they are loaded with lots of fruit. And fruit is healthy, right? However, according to the British Heart Foundation, your smoothie might be packing more sugar than you think. “If you blend fruit, the natural sugars are released from within the cell walls of the fruit and become free sugars,” the foundation states. “Free sugars include any added sugars (including honey and maple syrup) and are the kind we should all be cutting down on to protect our teeth [and] maintain a healthy weight.”
But there’s another potential downfall: breakfast in liquid form may not satisfy your hunger. A study from Purdue University found a distinct difference in satiety between solid and liquid foods. Despite all the fruits and veggies blended in your smoothie, you may find yourself reaching for more snacks to satisfy a lingering hunger in your belly.