Just because you have smoothies for breakfast does not mean that you will stay satiated till lunch. If you are eating flavoured cereals and fruits, your breakfast gets converted into sugar and then gets quickly digested, and so you end up feeling hungry. Nutritionist Neha Rakheja tells you the breakfast mistakes you are making.
You eat toast with jam: The bread jam may be a convenient breakfast, especially when you have to rush to the office but it is not keeping you full. Opt for multigrain bread to add some filling fibre to your plate and swap the sugary jam with peanut butter. A few sliced berries will do the trick to keep you feel apart from adding flavour to your plate.
You add sugar to your morning beverage: If you always drink your morning brew with a spoonful of sugar, you are setting yourself up for hunger and morning slump. Get used to drinking green tea without sugar or some black coffee. If you must add some sweet to your cup of joe; add some natural sweetener like stevia but in moderation.
You eat gluten-free alternatives: Swapping your bread or waffles with gluten free versions does not make your breakfast any better for you. The highly refined starches and potatoes and tapioca in gluten-free products quickly break down in your digestive tract which leaves you feeling extremely hungry. Eating some bananas and eggs for breakfast will provide you with healthy fats, protein and fibre which will keep you full.
You add too many fruits to your smoothie: While smoothies pack a lot of vitamins and antioxidants, adding too many fruits in your smoothies may not be a good idea. The excess sugar in fruits can spike your blood sugar levels and leave you feeling hungry. To avoid energy crash, add a lot of vegetables so that it makes up for 50 percent of your smoothie.
You top your breakfast with honey and dry fruits: It is easy to get carried away by all the toppings like honey, maple syrup and dry fruits on your yoghurt. But all the toppings can turn your protein and fibre filled breakfast bowl into a bowl of sugar. Instead of top your breakfast with nuts or some mashed banana. These ingredients will add a lot of flavour without the added sugar.