Dennis Wilkinson

To B(agel) or not to B(agel)

Dennis Wilkinson

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Today I heard, “I am so hungry. I just had a big bagel a couple hours ago and I am already hungry”. Do you ever have this happen to you?

For some reason, many people believe that a bagel is a healthy breakfast. However unless a bagel is made off 100% whole grain it is stuffed full of simple carbohydrates that cause blood sugar levels to elevate. Once these levels are elevated our bodies release insulin to bring the levels back down and we often have a “crash”. This crash causes our body to react by releasing the craving hormone cortisol and we feel hungry. Our body is trying to get us to eat in order to bring blood sugar back up…and we often then grab another unhealthy option and start the cycle all over again.

A better breakfast option is a balance of complex carbohydrates like 100% whole wheat bread or steel oats, berries which are high in antioxidants, protein and fat. Here are 3 options that are great choices and will help stabilize blood sugar levels to start off your day right.

  1. Slow cook oats with berries and walnuts
  2. 100% whole wheat or whole grain toast with almond butter and ½ cup berries.
  3. 1 egg white and 1 full egg scrambled with peppers, mushrooms and spinach on 100% whole wheat/multi grain toast and a side of mixed berries
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