Tips for a Healthy Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you have the habit of enjoying a few buttery slices of toast and downing a giant glass of juice first thing in the morning, however, it could spell diet disaster.

By making just a few changes, you can turn your typical morning meal into a breakfast for weight loss champions.

Tip 1: Say goodbye to fast food

Say farewell to the fast food places that beckon you on your way to work, and begin to make smarter choices at home instead. Consider breakfast as the way to fuel your day.

A donut just won’t do the trick. A sausage and egg biscuit will weigh you down, not get your motor running. If you think of breakfast as setting the course for the rest of your day, you’ll start thinking healthy instead of fast, cheap, and convenient.

Tip 2: “Healthy” Calories Count

Keep an eye on your intake of fruit juices. One 6-oz. glass of fruit juice will run between 80 and 100 calories. Before you drink juice, have a tall glass of water — you’ll end up drinking less juice.

Better still, instead of drinking your fruit, have the real thing. Juice causes your blood sugar to spike and insulin to surge, which can stimulate your appetite. Whole fruits are a good source of fiber, which can help curb your appetite.

Tip 3: Choose a Smarter Cereal

If you normally have a bowl of cold cereal, give hot cereal a try. Oatmeal is a great choice. It is rich in fiber, which will keep you feeling full, and does your health good by helping reduce cholesterol. Oats contain water-soluble fiber, and its carbohydrates release slowly into the bloodstream, helping to keep cravings from coming on fast. When choosing cold cereals, pick whole grain varieties for the extra fiber they provide.

Tip: “Made with whole grains” doesn’t mean the same thing as “100% whole grain.” Choose 100% whole grain products as often as possible.

Tip 4: Downsize Your Dairy Calories

If you’re a whole milk drinker, try stepping down to 2% and then 1% after a few weeks. If non-fat milk is too weak for you, consider going back to 1%. It is worth saving the fat and calories.

Tip 5: Pick a Better Bread

Choose whole wheat bread products in the morning to get off to a great start. Whole grains will help you stay fuller longer than refined carbs, plus they have more fiber. Have a whole wheat English muffin instead of a regular one, and top it with hummus, peanut butter, or reduced-fat cheese for a quick breakfast that will stick to your ribs (figuratively, of course).

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