Breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day. It’s true! Studies have even shown that eating a healthy breakfast can not just help power you through the day, it can also help you achieve your weight loss goals! But when it comes to breakfast, many people don’t always make the right choices.
Breakfast foods can run the gamut from extremely healthy, to well, not. Foods like sugary cereals, pancakes or waffles drowning in sticky syrup, citric acid and sugar-packed fruit juices, and even high carb foods like toast can all start your body and mouth out on the wrong foot, which isn’t exactly a great way to start the day!
Thankfully, there are plenty of foods that are doctor and dentist recommended that can give you the delicious and healthy breakfast your body deserves. If you’re looking for some inspiration to get your breakfast back on track, check out these ideas for a breakfast that won’t set your goals back and risk your oral and overall health.
Avocado Toast: While avocado toast sometimes gets a bad rap about being expensive or stuffy, it’s actually more affordable than you might think. Avocado toast is healthier than buttered toast, thanks to the healthy fats, protein, fiber, vitamin c, vitamin k, and vitamin e found in these yummy green fruits (yep, they’re fruit!). Furthermore, while bread does contain carbohydrates which can feed the S. Mutans bacteria in your mouth (the bacteria that cause cavities), consuming whole wheat breads that are rich in fiber and brushing your teeth after eating can be a very healthy breakfast option.
Fruit or Protein Shakes: While buying bottled juice from the supermarket or purchasing a smoothie from a smoothie shop can be a delicious way to start the day, it can also be dangerous thanks to all that added sugar. That’s why making your own smoothie or juicing your own fruits and vegetables at home is such a great solution. You get fresher ingredients, and you know exactly what goes into the final product. No hidden sugar, no artificial flavors or colors. Just be sure to drink some water afterwards, and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth to allow the enamel on your teeth to re-harden after being exposed to citric acid.
Oatmeal: No, we don’t mean that sugar-laden instant oatmeal. We’re talking about plain old, steel-cut or regular oats. Though they may take a little longer to prepare, these types of oatmeal won’t have any hidden sugar or additives that could put your oral health at risk.
Yogurt: If you’re a yogurt fan, you’re in luck! Yogurt is packed with healthy probiotics that can help keep S. Mutans bacteria at bay and protect your oral microbiome. When selecting a yogurt, look for unsweetened or sugar-free varieties. If you must add a dash of sweetness to your yogurt, add in your own fresh fruit for a filling and delicious breakfast treat!
Eggs: Eggs are another awesome breakfast option. Filling and packed with protein, eggs are as versatile as they are delicious. From sunny-side-up to scrambled or hard-boiled, you’ll surely find an egg-cellent way to satisfy your hunger and power up your day!
Remember, breakfast is arguably the most useful meal of the day. It helps keep your energy levels up after sleep and helps you stay focused and alert as you venture out into the world. But don’t let a bad breakfast ruin a good thing. If you’re looking for a little breakfast inspiration, try out one of these healthy options, or substitute them with a healthy meal of your own!
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