Monday, May 21, 2012

Healthy Breakfast: When to Say No, When to Say Yes

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There is a saying that you should eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.

Indeed, bet you didn’t know that skipping breakfast slows your metabolism and makes you overeat and crave unhealthy food!

Here at Bon’App, we agree that breakfast is a very important meal of the day. Contrary to the belief that skipping breakfast may help with weight loss, a study at the Harvard Medical School has shown that those who eat breakfast every morning are less likely to become obese, develop diabetes, or have a heart attack. 

Use Bon’App to avoid breakfast items that are high in sugar, bad fat, and salt, and instead try these hearty breakfasts with a good balance of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fat to keep you feeling satisfied throughout the day.

Say NO to donuts YES to bagels
Donuts may be colorful and fun to eat, but just one of these pieces of fried dough contains 421 calories and 23 grams of sugar.
Instead, opt for a whole wheat bagel with a dollop of reduced fat cream cheese. This healthier source of carbohydrates only has 300 calories and 2 grams of sugar. A much better option for breakfast with a hole in the middle!

Say NO to sugary cereal, YES to fiber-rich cereal
The Harvard School of Public Health recently published a list of breakfast sugar content, recommending that we “drastically cut back on added sugar to help slow the obesity and heart disease epidemics.” Skip the bowl of sugary cereal that packs up to 20 grams of sugar. 
Choose a healthier alternative like fiber-rich bran flakes, which cuts your sugar intake by 75 percent while keeping you full well into lunch time.

Say NO to high-sodium protein, YES to lean protein

Protein is an essential nutrient that keeps your body moving, but be sure to choose the right protein source for your body. Three slices of bacon pack 831 mg of salt and 6g of bad fat, while three links of breakfast sausages have 1110 mg of salt and 9 g of bad fat. 
Go for a healthier source of protein by choosing extra lean turkey bacon, which only has 360 mg of salt and 0g bad fat. For herbivores, try hard-boiled eggs, a handful of nuts, or cottage cheese; all of these contain less salt and bad fat but sufficient protein.

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