Many of my clients strive to eat a nutritious breakfast. They report eating oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar, smoothies made of flavored yogurt and fruit, and cereals like Raisin Bran Crunch and Special K. Though these breakfasts are better choices than, say, a visit to the doughnut shop, they're loaded with sugar. Americans have a sweet tooth, and some "healthy" breakfasts come perilously close to maxing out the daily recommendations for added sugar.
Have you given a savory breakfast a try? Sure, eggs are fine, but they can be tough on a weekday for many of us. Open your mind--and your palate--and try one of these swaps:
- Dinner leftovers like these beans and tomatoes (left) topped with avocado make a filling start to the day
- Skip the sugary topping and add hummus, chopped red bell pepper or other fresh vegetables like cucumber, and a few olives to plain yogurt or non-dairy yogurt alternative
- Brown sugar and raisins are out and avocado, salt & pepper and sriracha are in over a bowl of steel cut oatmeal.
You may be surprised how delicious and satisfying a savory start can be!
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