Douglasville Wake up to a Better Breakfast

Is the“most important meal of the day” really the most important meal of the day?  The answer is yes!  Studies show that people who eat breakfast consume fewer calories during the day, are more alert and think clearer, and are 30% less likely to be overweight or obese.  On the flip side, studies show that those who miss breakfast are more likely to drink alcohol and smoke, and they’re less likely to exercise.
 
Unfortunately, most Americans choose more unhealthy than healthy breakfast choices.  High fat muffins, carb loaded pancakes and lard laden biscuits as the main course with a side of high fat bacon or sausage.  Unhealthy breakfast choices are loaded with all the ingredients for low energy and high blood sugar.

So here are a few healthy choices to help you avoid a morning mistake and reinstate the most important meal of the day…as the most important meal of YOUR day!

Healthy Choices from Your Kitchen

Yogurt and Trail Mix
Low-fat yogurt, 4 oz.
Banana, half, sliced
Orange juice, 4 oz.
1% milk, 4 oz.  

Trail Mix, combine:
Dried cherries, 1 Tbsp.
Slivered almonds, 1 Tbsp.
Sunflower seeds, 1 Tbsp.
361 calories

Egg Sandwich
Whole-wheat English muffin
Canadian bacon, 1 slice
Low-fat cheese, 1 slice
Egg white, 1, scrambled
336 calories

Open Face PB Waffle Sandwich
Whole-grain waffle, 1, spread with:
All natural peanut butter, 1 ½ Tbsp.
Apple, 1
328 calories

Reality is that you may not always be able to prepare a healthy breakfast at home…so here are a few “on-the-go” choices.

Dunkin Donuts

Blueberry Bagel: 330 calories, 2.5 g fat, .5 g saturated fat, 10 g protein, 0 mg cholesterol, 600 mg sodium, 2 g fiber.

Wheat Bagel:, 330 calories, 4 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 12 g protein, 0 mg cholesterol, 610 mg sodium, 4 g fiber.

Reduced Fat Blueberry Muffin: 400 calories, 5 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 8 g protein, 60 mg cholesterol, 490 mg sodium, 3 g fiber.

Honey Bran Raisin Muffin: 480 calories, 15 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 8 g protein, 60 mg cholesterol, 480 mg sodium, 5 g fiber.

McDonald’s

Egg McMuffin: 300 calories, 12 grams fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 260 mg cholesterol, 820 mg sodium, 2 g fiber.

Hotcakes (without syrup and margarine): 350 calories, 9 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 20 mg cholesterol, 590 mg sodium, 3 g fiber.

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Article Written By Leslie Austin.

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