My Favorite (Not-So) Guilty Pleasure: Breakfast Edition, + 5 Easy Breakfast Swaps

Bacon donuts. Bacon popcorn. Bacon lollipops, cupcakes and ice cream. The bacon trend is sizzling, but I think it’s been overcooked. I’ve never tried any of these weird bacon infused foods, and I hadn’t eaten bacon in years until recently. I wasn’t a fan of the popping and crackling, greasy mess traditional pork bacon left in the kitchen. And, it’s hard to forget all of those greasy paper towel casualties.

In the search of a leaner, healthier protein for my breakfast plate, I stocked up on turkey bacon. With fewer calories and sodium than pork bacon, it was an easy swap. My picky-eater boyfriend even approves.

Try these easy breakfast swaps:

Water instead of orange juice: Drinking chilled water in the morning close to the time that you wake up you can boost your body’s metabolism by 24 percent, which leads to weight loss, according to New Health Guide. Swap the sugary, processed fruit juices for water and you’ll feel much more energized throughout your day too.

Egg whites in place of eggs: With less fat and a lot less cholesterol, egg whites are a great substitute for whole eggs if you’re looking to cut calories from your diet.

Almond milk instead of dairy milk: Almond milk is rich in antioxidants which can slow the signs of again and help prevent many different types of cancer. Cow’s milk contains saturated fat, cholesterol, and growth hormones (yuck) that have been linked to cancer, making almond milk an obvious healthy alternative.

Almond butter in place of peanut butter: Almond butter is loaded with healthy monosaturated fat, 50 percent more than peanut butter, according to wellness guru Justine Campbell. Peanut butter contains a mix of added extras like hydrogenated oils and high-fructose corn syrup. PB also contains Omega-6 fatty acids that can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, says Campbell.

Steel cut oats instead of instant oatmeal: Oats of the steel cut variety will keep you full longer, and are the least processed of all oats. Less sugar salt and artificial ingredients are always a good thing.

Image courtesy of John Pastor/Flickr

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