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Choosing healthier food options for every meal

Lativia Jones Bolarinwa is a freelance writer who lives in North Carolina with her husband. Besides writing, she enjoys dance, website design and watching movies.

Making healthier choices

From SheKnows UK
On your quest to eat healthier or lose weight, how often have you skipped a substantial breakfast to grab a quick and convenient energy bar? Or, how often do you wonder if that warmed up Weight Watchers meal is actually healthier than frequenting the McDonald's drive-thru? You are faced with seemingly endless food choices every day. You are also faced with a whirlwind of myths and contradictions about, "health foods" that leave you unsure of what foods you should eat. The best way to choose genuinely healthier foods is to become more food aware. Here are some basics every health-conscious eater should know.

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Breakfast choices

Skipping breakfast is a common part of today's diet-trendy, fast-paced lifestyles. However, it can lead to fatigue and food binges because your body needs to have a morning meal, especially after not eating all night. Breakfast is appropriately referred to as "the most important meal of the day" because not only does it give you the fuel you need to get through your day, but a morning meal will also help to keep your mind focused and alert. Make time for breakfast.

19-year-old dancer, Sarah Farrell, knows how busy life can be, but always makes a healthy breakfast a top priority. She says, "I like to have wheat pancakes with poached eggs or banana. I get all the nutrients of the egg without the butter and grease of frying it."

Farrell's eggs and wheat pancakes give her an adequate amount of calories, fiber and protein, which ensures she keeps full and energized for the morning ahead. Having a low fat breakfast is a healthy strategy, as well.

If you really don't have time for a substantial breakfast, you can get by with a breakfast bar. However, make sure you check the labels and opt for a variety that are lower in sugar and high in fiber and protein.

Next: Keep going strong with a healthy lunch

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