By this time, everybody knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But that doesn’t mean that people aren’t still making mistakes about what they’re eating.
If you’re no longer skipping breakfast, that’s great! But you could still be making some big mistakes. Here are the most common breakfast mistakes you might be making, and what to do to fix them.
6 Common Breakfast Mistakes (and the fix)
1. Eating egg whites instead of whole eggs
There's a lot to be said for egg whites. They're low in calorie and high in protein, and they make a delicious, light omelet.
But if you’re skipping the yolk to lose weight, you are cheating yourself of its nutrients.
Egg yolks contain iron and vitamins B and D, both of which are important for your health and strength.
2. Eating fat-free yogurt instead of full fat
It might seem like a no brainer to choose low-fat or fat-free dairy, but make sure that you read the label before you buy.
When companies cut fat, they often add sugar to boost the taste.
That means you’re working against your goals and may be losing out on healthy fat that will help keep you full.
3. Choosing “healthy” cereals
If you’re proud of yourself for reaching for granola or cereals that call themselves healthy, make sure you read the label.
Lots of cereal products that are high in fiber or whole grains also have tons of sugar added. This is one of the biggest breakfast mistakes we can make because it’s almost like eating a candy bar or drinking a can of soda!
You’re much better off if you choose oatmeal and adding fresh fruit. Here's a cereal I like to make in the mornings.
4. Opting for breakfast bars
Most of these bars are no better than a candy bar. If you're grabbing a breakfast bar on the way out of the house each morning, you may want to think again.
Though these are convenient and easy, most are missing the nutrients and protein you need.
They’re also loading you up with sugar that’s going to leave you crashing in an hour. You can save morning prep time by mixing up a batch of overnight oats or baking protein-packed muffins.
5. Skipping the protein
If your breakfast of choice is half a grapefruit or a bowl of fruit, you’re not giving yourself the protein you need to carry you through the morning.
Protein helps you feel full, and also gives you the energy you need to make it through to lunch. It’s especially important if you’re exercising in the morning too.
6. Underestimating how much food you need
Even though you know how essential breakfast is, you may not be eating enough of it.
By fueling your body first thing, you set yourself up for a good day. Breakfast is especially important because it follows your longest period of fasting of the day.
The more nourishing your breakfast is, the more successful you’ll be at eating well the rest of the day.Tweet
Start your day off right every day by remembering these tips on how to fix your breakfast mistakes and fuel up with healing foods!
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Yours in health and happiness,
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