4 Healthy Breakfast Alternatives for a Healthy New Year
It’s a new year, which means many of you have made resolutions to eat healthier. Being that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, let me share a few healthy breakfast options to help you navigate the morning minefield and avoid calorie catastrophe.
1. Pancakes With Syrup / Healthy Alternative : / Whole-Grain Pancakes With Blueberry Compote
I adore pancakes. From light and fluffy, to dense and chunky, pancakes are a breakfast staple as far as I’m concerned. You may call them flapjacks or hotcakes or maybe even griddlecakes, I don’t mind. As long as the golden discs of delight are stacked in front of me, what’s in a name? But alas, being composed of mainly white flour, and accompanied with a bottle of sticky imitation maple syrup, they just don’t make a healthy breakfast.
A healthy breakfast alternative : Use whole-wheat flour instead of white. Add oats for fiber, and flaxseed and walnuts for omega 3’s and protein. Ditch the bottle of high-fructose corn syrup condiment and make a healthy compote with fresh blueberries, agave nectar and lemon juice.
2. Fast Food Breakfast Sandwich / Healthy Alternative : / Ezekiel Bread With Soy Butter and Braeburn Apples
Ever since McDonald’s franchisee Herb Peterson invented the incredibly successful Egg McMuffin in 1972, fast food restaurants have offered an assortment of breakfast sandwiches to lure you into their conga-like drive-thru lines. Eggs, American cheese, and pork products on an English muffin, croissant, or biscuit is the de-facto breakfast sandwich of today. Sure they’re tasty, but they are also LOADED with blood-pressure-spiking sodium, artery stuffing saturated and trans fats, and I’m sure enough preservatives to keep your mortician’s costs down.
A healthy breakfast alternative : No time to cook? No problem! Toast a slice or two of flourless whole-grain Ezekiel bread, slather on some crunchy soy butter, and top with thinly sliced Braeburn apples for a delicious morning meal with enough protein and fiber to keep you satiated until lunch.
3. Frozen Pastry / Healthy Alternative : / High Protein Fruit and Nut Energy Bar
You can’t deny the pleasure of waking up to the gooey goodness of a freshly toasted pastry, but you should. Don’t let their flattened shape fool you. Frozen pastries are the skinny cousins of doughnuts. They are laden with fat, corn syrup, artificial flavors and colors, and preservatives.
A healthy breakfast alternative : Save time and avoid the mid-morning sugar crash by grabbing a nutrition/energy bar that contains only all-natural ingredients and complex carbohydrates. We like the fruit and nut bars made by Lärabar.
4. Orange Juice / Healthy Alternative : / Whole Orange With Green Tea
With its zesty acidic zing and citrus aroma, who doesn’t love a frosty glass of freshly squeezed Florida orange juice to start their morning? Unfortunately, being so concentrated, fruit juice is loaded with sugar and calories. It’s like a can of soda painted orange with some nutrition added in.
A healthy breakfast alternative : Eat a whole orange and wash it down with some green or black tea. This way you’re getting less calories, less sugar, more fiber, and an anti-oxidant-rich morning thirst-quencher.
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