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Eating breakfast is important. You want to start your day with foods that give you long-lasting energy. But not all breakfast foods are created equal. “The best foods to eat at breakfast are high in protein and good fats, which keep your blood sugar steady and provide energy from nutrient-dense sources that will keep you satiated,” says culinary nutrition expert, Andrea Wien. The best breakfast option is eggs! “The egg is a nearly perfect food and it’s a powerhouse in terms of nutrition, clocking in at 7 grams of protein plus a good dose of vitamins, minerals and anti-inflammatory omega-3s,” she says. And the worst? Read ’em and weep.
Yogurt is an excellent breakfast! “It’s a good source of protein, calcium, vitamin D, and probiotic bacteria such as L. acidophilus, but not all yogurts are created equal,” says Jenny Dang, RD, the founder of Eat Your Dang Veggies. Flavored yogurts contain more than 15 to 18 grams of total sugar. Sure some are natural but most are added empty calories.
“Sugary cereal is a terrible breakfast food,” says David Baillie, a Connecticut-based personal trainer and owner of Front-Line Fitness. That means basically any box with a cartoon character on it. He says many cereals are highly processed, and full of sugar and refined carbohydrates. All of that added sugar is a big reason why cereal-eaters put on pounds. “If you start the day on a massive sugar high your blood sugar levels will spike, which will cause your body to produce the hormone insulin in order to gain control,” says Baillie.
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