Healthy breakfast foods can set the course for your whole day. Start with a filling and nutritious meal and you’ll have the energy you need to keep busy all morning.
Just as important, healthy breakfast foods lay the foundation for you to eat well throughout your day, helping you to stay on track to your weight loss goal.
The opposite is also true: If your first meal of the day doesn’t nourish you well, you’ll be challenged to stick to your healthy diet for the rest of the day.
Surprisingly, many popular breakfast foods lead you in the wrong direction. We asked Kaitlyn Wolk, a Dietary Counselor at Nutrisystem, to tell us about the worst breakfast foods and to provide some better options.
Here are the six breakfast foods that you should cut from your diet and what you should replace them with:
1. Bagel with Cream Cheese
Most types of bagels are high in calories and simple carbohydrates. Slather them with cream cheese and you add excess saturated fats, too. “This is not nutrient balanced,” Wolk says, and it won’t “keep you feeling full throughout the morning.”
Healthy choice: Nutrisystem Honey Wheat Bagel with fat-free cream cheese. The bagel has just 160 calories, only two grams of fat and zero cholesterol. Best of all, it comes with four grams of fiber, 16 percent of your RDA, so you’ll feel full and energized to start your day.