5 healthy breakfast options for people with a sweet tooth
Many of us are familiar with the expression “Abs are made in the kitchen”, and as true as that may be, you don’t have to stick to a rigorous diet every morning in order to achieve those results. An occasional exciting breakfast can be just what the mind and body need in order to keep us on track long term. Here are 5 guilt free healthy breakfast alternatives for individuals with a sweet tooth:
Fruits, any kindWhy? It beats processed sugary cereal in terms of health any day of the week. Sure some are sweeter than others but morning is a good time to have fruit. Liver glycogen, where your body stores fruit sugar, is typically empty or low after an overnight fast.
Oatmeal with fruitAgain, the same argument about fruit but this time you’re having oatmeal. Its low glycemic, which means it won’t spike your blood sugar and insulin. If it’s not sweet enough for you, try Stevia or Erythritol instead of sugar
Greek yogurt and berriesThis time you are getting in some extra protein, try to get a plain variety, don’t fear the fat content here (5% or more is fine). Any flavoured one has lots of added sugar. Sweeten with berries… and stevia if you must.
Toast with JamReally?! Yes, but go with a double fruit or no sugar added jam and use a low glycemic bread (google it) like rye, sourdough etc.
Smoothies, homemadeAdd fresh or frozen fruit, yogurt, kefir or full fat milk, spinach (you won’t notice it’s there when you blend it) and add some protein powder to make it a more complete meal.
Considering this is your first meal of the day, whichever option you go with or draw inspiration from, it is important that the glycemic level is low on the glycemic index. The glycemic index is a value assigned to foods based on how slowly or how quickly those foods cause increases in blood glucose levels. Foods low on the glycemic index (GI) scale tend to release glucose slowly and steadily. Foods with a high GI increase blood sugar higher and faster than foods with a low GI.
Many of us have probably heard that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and this information is excellent support of that. Our first meal dictates our second meal. Therefore, if you consume foods with a high GI, your blood sugar will increase. Subsequently, your sugar levels will likely plummet soon after and cause you to crave more sugar. To put it simply, sugar begets more sugar. A low GI diet can help you feel full longer, not to mention to lose weight.
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