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by Nick Pineault

Here’s my definition of a healthy breakfast: 

  1.  Chocolate frosting on white bread: chocolate frosting has been shown to be part of a healthy breakfast for years. I know this is unconventional wisdom, but it actually contains a lot of good nutrients. Plus, it’s super tasty.
  2. To really quench my morning thirst for a healthy breakfast, I put AT LEAST 1 big tablespoon of sugar in a cup of water and drink that. I know sugar is supposedly bad, but when you drink sugar in liquid form, your body knows it’s good for you. Of course, I add some sugar to my coffee too!
  3. Sometimes, I’ll stop by my favorite breakfast restaurant before I go to work and grab a huge piece of cake instead. Cake has been proven to curb appetite and tastes awesome in your mouth… so that’s a no-brainer for a healthy breakfast.

That’s what I eat every morning for my healthy breakfast, and you should do the same. Thanks.

bad choices |For a Healthy Breakfast, I Put Chocolate Frosting On My Toast

If you’re still here, you know something is definitely wrong.

Is Nick trying to prove a point, or has he gone crazier than Jack Nicholson in… any of his movies?

Here’s the point: some people actually eat a ‘healthy breakfast’ like this every day and still THINK they are making “healthy” choices…

Let’s play a little game. I’ll change some words around and see what happens.

1. Let’s change “frosting” to “Nutella”: Nutella (famous chocolate spread brand), as the famous advertising goes, is supposed to be part of a “healthy breakfast”. I mean, with 56 roasted hazelnuts in it… it MUST be healthy! The nutrition facts say otherwise:

2 tbsp. Betty Crocker frosting: 130 calories, 18g sugar, cheap refined soybean or cottonseed oil

2 tbsp. Nutella: 200 calories, 22g sugar, cheap refined palm oil

Turns out chocolate frosting might actually be a smarter choice. It’s no wonder Nutella just paid $3 million after being sued for false advertising to children…

2. Let’s change “Water and Sugar” to “A cup of 100% orange juice”. Don’t be fooled: fruit juice, even the 100% pure “not-from-concentrated” kind basically contains water and sugar.

1 cup orange juice: water, 22g sugar, some vitamin C (for what it’s worth). Instant fat storage guarantee.

1 cup water with a big tbsp. of sugar: water, 15g sugar. Instant fat storage guarantee.

Orange juice contains 3 times more sugar than the actual fruit. Plus, the fact that it lacks the fiber, enzymes, and other nutrients of the whole fruits, makes it WAY more fattening.

3. Let’s change “a piece of cake” to “a small blueberry muffin”: your morning muffin has to be better than cake!

1 small blueberry muffin (my favorite kind): white flour, sugar, and refined vegetable oil. 340 calories and 25g sugar.

1 piece of generic cake (without frosting): white flour, sugar, and refined vegetable oil. 260 calories  and 26g sugar.

Pretty similar to me.

bad choices | For a Healthy Breakfast, I Put Chocolate Frosting On My Toast

Some people eat Nutella, orange juice, and muffins every single morning and still think they are making a choice towards a healthy breakfast. Can you see how this habit will screw up their health and any fat loss efforts?

If you could remember one thing from this lesson, here it is:

Don’t believe everything you hear, especially when it comes to food. Don’t trust the ads, don’t trust the restaurants. Heck, don’t even trust me too much (I might turn insane some day).

Don’t freak out just yet: instead, check the facts. Read the ingredients. Compare nutrition labels. And decide if eating chocolate frosting, pure sugar in water and cake in the morning every day makes sense if you want to feel great and look great.

Keep it simple and healthy,

Nick

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