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5 popular breakfast recipes that age you faster and that you should avoid.

We show you the healthy version!

Looking for a way to get more out of your morning meal or figure out what you’d rather avoid? Then you’ve come to the right place.

From smoothie bowls and chia pudding to avocado toast and oatmeal, there are so many delicious breakfast recipes that can give you a healthy energy boost.

However, some popular breakfast recipes offer more than just an energy boost – they can also put unnecessary stress on your body, aging you faster by driving up your blood sugar levels too quickly. In this blog post, we’ll introduce you to 7 breakfast recipes that could be negatively impacting your health, and show you what you can do to choose a healthier option.

1. fruit smoothies - milkshake in fruit form

Fresh fruit without added sugar or other sweet additives can be a healthy source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. A smoothie can also be an easy way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet.

However, smoothies, contain a large amount of fructose, these can even grow the love handles and drove up blood sugar levels, which triggers inflammatory processes in the body.

If you really can’t do without your smoothie, make sure it contains at least 70% vegetables.

Our 3 Cold Pressed Juices are also a healthy alternative.

2. granola with toppings

Granola can be a healthy option when made with natural ingredients. However, almost all commercial granola brands contain a lot of added sugar. We then like to combine it with fruits, honey or other toppings that contain additional sugar.

It’s important therefore that you always look at the nutritional information on the packaging to make sure it doesn’t contain added sugars or other unhealthy ingredients. A good alternative is to make granola yourself, with natural ingredients like oatmeal, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and some honey or banana.

Then you can also add fresh or frozen fruits, as they contain important nutrients and fiber

High blood sugar level promotes inflammation

Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast burrito always sounds very nutritious at first. However, it is usually a bit too nutritious. Especially in the morning it is not good to overload our stomach and give our body too much energy, because it is also important that we feel hungry from time to time.

Burritos are made from wheat and contain some gluten. Anyone with gluten intolerance or celiac disease should therefore be cautious and look for gluten-free options. As for the filling, Breakfast Burritos don’t always come with a healthy filling either. Processed meats, high-fat cheeses and eggs often bikden the base.

If you do get a craving, see that you get one made with cornmeal and filled with vegetables, beans, lettuce and fresh ingredients.

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Donuts - sugar with sugar

Donuts are one of the unhealthiest breakfast options due to their high sugar content. And not only that, they contain a lot of unsaturated fatty acids and calories that will make your kilos just grow.

Ingestion of sugary foods triggers severe inflammation in the body and leads to premature cell death. One consequence of this is more and more illnesses as we get older, because our immune defenses are also weakened.

Once every two weeks, you can treat yourself to a sweet treat if you can’t do without it. But it should always be something you rarely and consciously treat yourself to.

Bacon with eggs

“Eggs and bacon” is a classic breakfast dish though not the most nutritious. Bacon contains a high amount of unhealthy saturated fat, which can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as promote inflammation.

Eggs can be a good source of protein in small quantities and if very good quality. But unlike other foods, they also contain relatively few nutrients, which is why they should only be on the menu from time to time.

A diet high in fat and low in nutrients drains our bodies, which can lead to a variety of health problems and, especially in the morning, robs us of energy rather than giving it.

What can you take from here

Even though all these dishes look delicious, it is important to pay attention to healthier foods. Smoothies, granola, donut, breakfast burritos or eggs with bacon provide quick energy, but not really healthy ones. They cause our blood sugar levels to rise too quickly and are often associated with pro-inflammatory fatty acids.

Look for long-lasting energy like proteins from vegetables, avoid too much (fruit) sugars and foods that weigh you down.

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