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March 04, 2014 | Posted by: Gene & Joyce Daoust | Posted in: Recipes
Avoid The Non-Fat Trap

What do breakfast choices like non-fat Greek Yogurt with fruit, cereal with non-fat milk, and an egg white, veggie omelet have in common? They are all missing an essential nutrient - fat.

Fat is still the most misunderstood essential nutrient. In the past we were told that fat is bad and to avoid it. Now, you hear that there are good fats that we should eat and bad fats we should avoid, yet many dieters are still reaching for fat free meals. Fat has always gotten a bad rap when it is possibly one of the most powerful essential nutrients needed to help you burn fat and eliminate hunger. But it’s not just getting fat in or out of your diet but the type and amount of fat you eat that really matters.

Breakfast choices with little or no fat can cause blood sugar levels to drop leaving you hungry within an hour. But a little good fat in a meal helps slow the digestion of the meal so that it trickles into the bloodstream, keeping blood glucose levels steady, and eliminating hunger for up to 3 to 4 hours.

When you replace fat-free meals that are typically high in sugar and refined carbohydrates with balanced meals containing approximately 30% of the total calories from healthy fats, you supply the essential fatty acids that play a critical role in energy production, hormone regulation, hunger control and blood sugar stabilization.

An ideal breakfast should be eaten within one hour of waking and provide the 40-30-30 ratio of nutrient-dense carbohydrates, quality protein, and healthy, natural fat. Below are revised fat free breakfasts that are balanced with approximately 40% carbohydrate to provide glucose for your brain, 30% protein to supply amino acids to build and repair body proteins, and 30% healthy, dietary fat to supply essential fatty acids critical for blood sugar control, hormone production and appetite suppression.

Typical Fat-free Meal

  • 6 ounces non-fat Greek Yogurt with fruit

Balanced Meal

  • 6 ounces non-fat Greek Yogurt with fruit
  • 1 tablespoon raw macadamia nuts or almonds

Typical Fat-free Meal

  • 1 cup of boxed Cereal with
  • 3/4 cup of non-fat milk

Balanced Meal

  • 1/2 cup slow cooked oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup fresh berries
  • 1/4 cup 2% fat milk
  • 1 large poached egg

Typical Fat-free meal

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup mixed cooked vegetables

Balanced Meal

  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup mixed cooked vegetables
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup fresh fruit (mixed berries)

If you start your day with a balanced meal and continue to eat balanced meals and snacks throughout the day, you can begin to help regulate the hormones that control hunger and start burning fat faster. And, when you don’t have time to prepare a balanced breakfast, reach for a Balance Bar®. They are packed with delicious flavor and on-the-go 40-30-30 nutrition to give you energy that lasts.

Joyce Daoust is a Certified Nutritionist, Balance Bar spokesperson and national best-selling co-author of THE FORMULA, A Personalized 40-30-30 Weight Loss Program.

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