Dining Out: How to Make Healthy Breakfast Food Choices

Whether you’re someone who travels a lot or you simply enjoy eating at a few local restaurants, if breakfast is something that you prefer to have while dining out, this is a great article for you to read. That’s because if you like pancakes, waffles or bacon and eggs, this will share with you some tips on how to still enjoy the foods that you love, only in a healthier fashion.

Get some fruit. No matter what breakfast entree you decide to order, make sure to get a side of fruit. While grapefruit is high in Vitamin C and can help to keep insulin levels in balance, apples will help to lower your cholesterol. Also, if the restaurant has some berries, order some of them too. Blueberries and strawberries are loaded with antioxidants. (Just make sure to eat fruits that are in season.)

Drink more water. Although having a glass of orange or cranberry juice in the morning can help to get your adrenaline going, remember that fruit juice also tends to have quite a few calories as well. So, for every one glass of juice, drink 1-2 glasses of water. That way, you can keep the calories down while flushing toxins out of your system.

Be careful with bread. If you happen to like toast, bagels or croissants, opt for wheat or whole grain rather than white. Those options have a lot more vitamins and minerals in them. Also, if you’re trying to watch your weight, you might want to get the kind that are fat-free. Just make sure that you don’t fill up on bread. You need more than that to have what’s considered to be a truly nutritious meal.

Don’t “overload” your omelets. Do you like eating eggs? If so, there are a lot of reasons why that is a good thing. Eggs are high in protein, Vitamins A, B and D. Eggs also help to raise good cholesterol in the body. Eggs are also high in choline, which is a substance that is used to build cell membranes. The key is to make sure that you don’t overload your omelets with salt (sodium), cheese and meats. So, if you’re going to opt for having a cheese omelet, go without the meat and vice versa. Also, no matter how you want your eggs prepared (scrabbled, sunny side up, omelet, etc.) ask your server to not make it in lard. That’s a fatty oil that you should avoid.

Keep your toppings on the side. If you happen to live in New Orleans and you like eating at the Bon Ton Caf, when it comes to looking over the menu for healthy breakfast foods, just make sure to keep your toppings on the side. Cream cheese, jam, butter, syrup, sour cream and condiments—these are all things that are tasty but also are loaded with sugar, fat and calories. So, rather than having your waffles served to you already drenched in butter and syrup, ask your server to bring them in a small cup or plate so that you can determine how much you want to put on them. It’s a little choice that can make a really big difference!

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