9 Unhealthy Breakfast Foods That May Have Fooled You
You'll be shocked to discover that certain breakfast foods aren't as healthy as you thought.
Sure, we all know Birthday Cake Pancakes may not be a nutrition-packed superstar at the breakfast table. But some unhealthy foods aren’t so easy to identify! We’re uncovering the sneaky go-to breakfast foods that are actually breakfast flops.
These yeasty, chewy rounds of dough can have anywhere from 200 to 300 calories per bagel, and that’s without your favorite toppings. If you’re a regular fan of bagels, opt for a half topped with sliced avocado, smeared with almond butter or paired with a hard-boiled egg to jump-start your morning.
Dried Fruit Cereals
Whole grain flakes coupled with dried fruit may appear to be the perfect pairing, but unfortunately these cereals are a nightmare for anyone who monitors their carbs. Dried fruits usually pack a sugary punch! Instead, grab a healthy whole grain cereal and add in your own freeze-dried fruits.
While there are some healthy options for granola, many are packed with added sugars, saturated fats or as many calories as French fries (1 cup = 312 calories and 1 cup granola = 300 calories)!
Stick to sprinkling granola on plain yogurt instead.
Walk into a smoothie shop and you might be surprised to find out most smoothies have 350 to 400 calories and over 100 grams of carbs. Liquid calories have also been shown to be less satisfying than whole foods. Though smoothies boast a big serving of fruits and vegetables, you’re better off eating ’em.
Just compare the stats for 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (120 calories, 22 grams of protein and 9 grams of carbohydrates), against 1 cup fruit-flavored yogurt (210 calories, 18 grams of protein and 27 grams of carbohydrates). Whoa!
Power up yogurt with fresh fruit, chia seeds or flaxseeds instead.
We often think “healthy” when we see the word turkey, but you might be surprised when you do a side-by-side comparison of bacon vs. turkey bacon. Turkey bacon may be leaner, but it actually has less protein and more sodium. Bummer!
Flashy colors make these drinks appear to be healthier alternatives to coffee, but all the buzz around added supplements aren’t worth the risks seen in research. You’re better off sipping good old-fashioned black coffee (skip the sugar-packed drinks at coffee shops) or black tea.
The ingredients in your muffin will weigh in on how healthy each breakfast bread might be. If the muffin tastes more like a cake you may have been deceived! Opt to make Cranberry Oat Muffins or Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins instead.