Healthy Ideas

 

So what breakfast foods are you eating that are so wrong? Sadly, many of you and including myself think that we are eating healthy when in reality we are eating breakfasts the are over processed and jam packed full of sugar. Did you know that the typical 8 ounce smoothie contains on an average 200 calories and about 45 grams of sugar? Doesn’t sound as healthy as you thought does it? Instead of blending up an early morning smoothie you could be choosing a breakfast as simple as a banana that you can eat while you are walking out the door which is only about 100 calories. Even your beloved glass of orange juice (I will be the first to admit I have a 4 ounce glass of OJ every morning) contains about 21 grams of sugar; the smarter choice here is to eat 1/2 a cup of berries. A helpful tip I read once was to eat your fruit instead of drinking it. When fruit is turned into a juice it loses most of its natural fiber, and fiber is very beneficial in your digestive health.

Another mistake I see often at the grocery store is that people are stocking up on those small single serving fruit yogurts. Choosing yogurt as a snack over something like a pudding or chips is taking a step in the right direction. However, by choosing plain Greek yogurt instead of the whole milk fruit yogurt you are doubling the amount of protein you are eating and cutting the amount of sugar in half. A simple switch that produces major benefits. What about the battle of granola versus steel cut oats? Oats for the win. Served plain the steel cut oats have no sugar, double the amount of whole grains and cut the amount of sodium in half. A complaint I hear often about steel cut oats, “they are so boring.” Boring they do not have to be. Try topping your morning oats with a drizzle of honey and some fresh fruit, or look in our recipe tab for a recipe on a delicious peanut butter bar with steel cut oats as its main ingredient.

The final battle of the day and this one is more easily noticed. An English muffin versus the blueberry muffin. A whole grain English muffin has half the calories of a blueberry muffin and is packed with healthy dietary fiber. Also, ALWAYS choose whole grain toast over a bagel. I know bagels are quite delicious, but they are full of sodium. Top your whole grain toast with peanut or almond butter for extra protein and a more pleasing taste.

Next time you are at the grocery store, keep some of these tips in mind and before you check out at the register, look inside your cart and see if there are any items that you could switch out to help you on your healthy eating journey.

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