A balanced breakfast doesn't have to be hard or complicated.
I had a client a couple of years ago who started every morning with a Carnation Instant Breakfast. I remember the commercial, "you're gonna love it in an instant!"
It's true. Lots of people probably do love it because it's so fast. But let's take a look at what's inside that "breakfast quickie". Among other things, it contains 19g or 4.75 tsp of sugar.
Yeah. Considering the American Heart Association "urges women to consume no more than 6 added tsp. of sugar daily and men no more than 9 tsp," (read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/275180-carnation-breakfast-nutritional-facts/#ixzz251yILFnV) I think this isn't the best way to start your day. Are you with me?
How about this instead:
Two eggs, fried over easy. A piece of whole wheat toast with a small pat of real butter and 1/2 tsp of real jelly or honey. And a big ol' handful of mixed greens with a dab of dressing.
While the Carnation Instant Breakfast DOES provide this long list of added vitamins and minerals, they are going to be pulverized and potentially synthetically created and added in to the powder that contains powdered milk solids, lots of sugar, maltodextrin (fake fiber that helps lower blood sugar levels but does NOT help with digestion--which is sort of what fiber is FOR) and things like cellulose gum, inulin and dicalcium phosphate.
Whoa. Why all the fake, extra added-in versions of real things that are found in real food?
Give me real food.
A real egg (protein, omega fatty acids, choline and lutein). A real piece of salad (fiber). Real wheat (if that's your thing). Real butter. Real honey or jelly made from real fruit.
Give me real food, please. And since this breakfast is fast, I can love THIS in an instant, no problem.
PS. That client who ate those Carnation Instant Breakfasts everyday is now an incredible health coach. Yup.