Breakfast is the most important meal of the day–but you already knew that, right? Nutritionists say that it’s also the most common time of day to eat foods that are high in sugar, which slow the metabolism and hinder weight loss.
“Classic breakfast foods can often be high in sugar, lower in nutritional value including vitamins and minerals, healthy fat, fiber and protein that can help to carry us forward into the day feeling satisfied and energized,” Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN, registered dietitian and founder of Isabel Smith Nutrition, tells Eat This, Not That!
In fact, there’s one food that is so bad for you that experts say it’s an awful idea to have it early in the morning–it’s pre-mixed oatmeal!
Oatmeal makes for a healthy and nutritious breakfast, but only when it's made by you. If your go-to breakfast consists of pre-mixed, flavored oatmeal packets, Lisa Hayim, registered dietitian and founder of The WellNecessities, says that you're making a big mistake. That's because most name brand oatmeal brands pack their pre-flavored oatmeals with tons of added sugars and sodium, which have a negative effect on your metabolism.
“Many clients come to me boasting about their oatmeal breakfast choice. To my dismay, I oftentimes learn it’s the ‘brown sugar’ or even a harmless-sounding flavor like ‘apples and cinnamon,’ that’s throwing off their healthy eating habits,” Hayim explains. “Flavored oats can contain upwards of 20 grams of added sugar and cause you to crave sweets throughout the day."
Instead, Hayim suggests making your own oatmeals and filling them with real fruits and seasonings for flavor. This will help ensure that your breakfast is flavorful and still good for your waistline by being low in added sugar!