The most important meal of the day can often be the most hurried, which is why so many of us look to reach for something healthy and fast. But breakfast foods can be deceiving — when choosing a quick grad-and-go breakfast, watch out for these 7 foods.
Some folks assume that you can’t go wrong with anything “bran” but many packaged and fast-food bran muffins tip the scales at over 440 calories and 15 grams of fat each! A down-sized homemade version is the way to go.
There’s no disputing that oats are good for digestion, curbing appetite, and heart health but that can be over-shadowed by the sugar and preservatives found in most packets of flavored instant oatmeal. Get plain (even instant is fine) and flavor it up yourself.
Is your favorite smoothie a cool blend of fruit and yogurt or an over-sized, sugar-laden concoction of junk? With all the different versions of smoothies available, it’s easy to choose the wrong one. Whether you hit up a smoothie shop or opt for a bottled version – stick to a sipper with fresh ingredients and 300 to 400 calories, max.
Just about every cereal on the shelves touts its whole grain content – including sugary kids’ cereals. Inspect ingredient lists for whole grains at the top of the list and sugar further down the line.