Breakfast is our favorite meal and we could eat it all day. “A healthy meal should provide a combo of protein, fat, and carbs with at least 5 grams of fiber,” says Alix Turoff, a New York City nutritionist and trainer. But not all foods meet these measures. And it’s really easy to assume healthy sounding breakfast and morning snack options are in line with your weight loss goals. Stay away from these popular morning foods if you want to slim down.
Fruit is part of a healthy weight loss plan. Fruit juice is the enemy: Juice can add pounds. “It lacks fiber so what you’re getting is just a carb that’s going to spike your blood sugar,” says Turoff. But you thought fruit had fiber. And it does. But fiber gets lost when a fruit is juiced. All of the phytonutrients found in fresh whole fruit doesn’t translate to just juice, says Turoff. You’re much better off squeezing some fresh citrus into a tall glass of water. Or just eat the real thing. Berries are best (a half cup of raspberries gives you 4 grams of fiber, blackberries 3.8 and blueberries or strawberries 1.7 grams). Kiwis are right up there with 2.7 grams of fiber.