What You Should Never Eat at Breakfast

What You Should Never Eat at Breakfast

Some foods that you should never eat for breakfast are more obvious than others. For example, many breakfast bars seem okay, but approach them with caution. You should also stay away from syrupy pancakes. Read on to get an idea of which foods to avoid for breakfast.

1. Cereal

Most cereals are sugary, they’re full of carbs, and will make your blood sugar spike. To keep your energy levels stable, switch to cereal that has plenty of fiber and protein.

2. Pancakes and Artificial Maple Syrup

By themselves, pancakes and their waffle counterparts are far from ideal, but when you add artificial maple syrup, the situation gets worse. High-fructose corn syrup, a key ingredient in many artificial maple syrups, may be a key culprit in abdominal obesity because it's stored near the organs. To avoid a breakfast filled with sugar, experiment with healthier foods such as toast and low-fat yogurt.

3. Juice

Juice, including orange juice and some green juices, is a favorite breakfast among many people who prefer to drink their morning meal; after all, a grab-and-go is easy. However, juice is chock-full of carbs, and when you drink it alone, you have nothing to balance out those carbs. For a healthier meal on the go, try peanut butter on slices of apple.

4. Bagels (and Pastries and Cinnamon Rolls)

In many cases, bagels are the functional equivalent of several slices of white bread. They lack protein and other nutrients. Change up your bagel breakfast by reducing your usual portion by half or switching to whole wheat. Instead of using butter or cream cheese on top, opt for peanut butter or mashed avocado.

5. Breakfast Bars (and Granola Bars)

Check the nutritional info on any breakfast bar or granola bar, and chances are you’ll see very little of value and lots of sugar. If you want to stick with breakfast bars, look for ones that have at least 5 grams of protein and no more than 5 grams of sugar.

6. Fast Food Biscuits

Breakfast biscuits at a place such as McDonald’s may be cheap, but the toll on your health promises to be hefty. Fast food biscuits are loaded with fat, sugar, and sodium. In addition to being unhealthy, they're obstacles in digesting your meal from the previous night.

Tips for Enjoying a Better Breakfast

The good news is that many healthy breakfasts are tasty and easy to prepare. Here’s how you can get started.

  • Keep your morning cup of coffee. However, gradually decrease the amount of add-ons such as sugar and whipped cream, and eat healthy food with it.
  • Choose peanuts from the vending machine instead of a pack of donuts. A handful of peanuts is enough to fill you up for a few hours.
  • On the go? Easy, healthy breakfasts include string cheese sticks, low-fat yogurt, and whole fruit.
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About the Author:
Kelly Short is a freelance writer and editor based in Washington state. She has written on health-related topics since 2009 and enjoys hiking in her free time.