If you already start your day off with breakfast, you're on the right track, but are you are making the smartest choices? It's often favorites like bagels and granola that offer a boost in energy (cough, cough, they are loaded with sugar) but aren't necessarily the best option for your waistline. Because breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, start your morning off with these smart swaps to keep you on track for the rest of the day!
- Swap Number One: Croissant for an English muffin. Sorry, but it's time to break up with that strawberry-filled, buttery croissant. But don't get too sad — a homemade whole wheat English muffin isn't so bad. Considering a croissant is about 560 calories and an English muffin 120, you're saving your waistline a load. Top with strawberry jam (40 calories per tablespoon), and you won't be missing a thing!
- Swap Number Two: Granola for oatmeal. Whether it's in fashion or in your cereal bowl, "going granola" isn't the best choice. Sure, it's crunchy, but most store-bought granolas have tons of sugar and calories for a very small serving. Keep it clean and swap it for a warm bowl of oatmeal. Not only will it keep you full longer, but a bowl of oatmeal is significantly lower in calories. If you still aren't convinced, check out this oatmeal vs. granola showdown.
- Swap Number Three: A bagel for toast. Nothing beats a bagel until you realized it is equivalent to five slices of bread! Save yourself and swap it for two slices of whole wheat toast. With the calories you'll save (about 330 calories), you can even add peanut butter to avoid midmorning hunger.