4 Ways Your Breakfast Is Making You Gain Weight And How to Fix It

Bacon, sausage hash browns and more. We all love a yummy and full plate of the trendiest new dish that everyone is trying and saying is, “so good”. We try each new tasty breakfast trend and before you know it, you get on the scale one day cause those pants are a little snug and we have an “uh-oh”, moment.

We may not realize we are taking in so many calories in that delicious goodness. Breakfast is your most important meal of the day. It separates you from an okay day to a great day. Whether you are going to be alert or sleepy. It’s important to make sure you are giving your body what it’s needed to give a productive day. Read on how to fix these trendy breakfast goodies, and how you can fix it.

1) Breakfast burritos

healthy burritos

What’s in a breakfast burrito?

A breakfast burrito can be made with many different ingredients. Some of the most popular ingredients are, but not limited to:

  • Onions
  • Black Beans
  • Red bell peppers
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Meat-sausage, bacon, ham etc.…

It’s easy enough to go overboard with this one. A lot of us tend to go overboard on the meat. Why is this bad? There is a lot of added fat that can go into a burrito from meat. The more meat the more fats you are consuming.

How to fix it: Make sure you choose a tortilla that is on the healthy side like whole wheat or a vegetable brand. If you really want to add meat, watch your portion size and use a turkey meat, which is lean. You can add fresh vegetables in the meat for more texture, and will be good for you too.

2) Juicing your morning meal

What’s in a breakfast juice?

There can be many different ingredients in a breakfast juice. The items listed may be in some, but not others. Every person makes it to their taste.

  • Fruits – Lemons, strawberries etc…
  • Vegetables- spinach, Kale, etc.…
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Garlic

Don’t juice in the morning. When you decide to take all your fruits and veggies and blend them together most of your fiber intake is going to be shredded. Fiber is what helps you feel full.

Juice lacks any important key factors to help you feel full. After all, it is a liquid.  It is going to leave you feeling unsatisfied, especially if it’s all you plan on having for your morning “meal”.

How to fix it: Make your juice, but make it a small 8 ounces, and add a food that has protein and fiber such as a protein/fiber bar or a whole grain piece of toast with an all-natural peanut butter. Your body is going to be more satisfied and you will not find yourself reaching for a snack within an hour.

3) Parfaits

What is in a Parfait?

  • Yogurt
  • Fruit (mostly berries)
  • Granola

Parfaits are pretty delicious, but with all that granola, though a healthy option with rich whole grains, is also packing a lot of unwanted calories and sugar.

How to fix it: Portion the granola to a ¼ cup or less to help with your calorie intake. The fruit and yogurt can still maintain a 50/50 ratio, and be sure to have a good low-fat yogurt.

4) Smoothies

What’s in a smoothie?

Like juicing, you can put many different ingredients in a smoothie. The difference between juice and smoothies is the fact that smoothies are more thick, due to the adding of yogurt in a smoothly. Here’s what may or may not be in a smoothie, depending on people’s preferred taste.

  • Fruit- strawberries, banana’s, etc.,
  • Vegetables- Kale, celery, etc.,
  • Dairy products- Milk, yogurt, cottage cheese
  • Supplements- protein
  • Nut butter and seeds
  • chocolate

They can be yummy, but are they healthy? Depends on what you are putting in them. Yes, fruits are good for you, but most don’t realize that adding too many fruits is going to do more than good. The calories in fruit add up quick. Also, if you are adding peanut butter and/or protein powder to your smoothies that’s more additional calories.

How to fix it: Portion control, portion control! This cannot be stressed enough. Chuck in more veggies than fruit; And fruit should be no more than one cup. If you really want to pack in a bunch of nutrients and cut the calories stick with just one tablespoon of peanut butter. If you want to put in protein powder, limit the scoops to one or two.

All these goodies may seem healthy at face value, but if you are not watching exactly what’s being put into these foods, along with your portions that are being used, it can quickly turn into an unexpected gain in weight. Keep your measuring spoons handy, and keep the calories down. On to the next trend.