We’ve all heard the cliché: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is especially true if you’re trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, because skipping breakfast can cause you to feel hungrier and eat more throughout the day. But grabbing a Pop-Tart as you run out the door is not the same as having a well-balanced, healthy morning meal. Remember to avoid these breakfast mistakes:
1. Not enough food
If you’re eating breakfast to balance out your hunger later in the day, eating too little food in the first place will entirely defeat the purpose. Munching on a banana as you run to class isn’t going to cut it. If you consume between 300 and 400 calories for breakfast, your stomach will be satisfied and you will be less likely to overeat as the day progresses.
2. Too little protein
Protein is an important component of any breakfast, so you’ll need to do more than consume a bowl of cereal and milk (yes, milk has protein, but we’re guessing you don’t drain the bowl). Not to worry! There are plenty of easy ways to add some protein to your morning meal: Try eating a hard-boiled egg or spreading some peanut butter on whole-grain toast.
3. Giving into temptation
If you have a bit of sweet tooth, don’t give in to temptation early in the morning! Although breakfast pastries, sugary cereals and cinnamon rolls are definitely delicious, they will also lead to a mid-morning energy crash accompanied by an overwhelming desire to snack.
4. Not enough fiber
Ensuring that your breakfast cereal contains at least five grams of fiber per serving will also help you avoid those mid-morning hunger pangs, so the next time you go to the grocery store, check the nutrition label of your favorite cereal and avoid the sugary ones!