Please “dough-nut” eat pastries instead of a healthy breakfast

Sweets, while temporarily filling, don’t adequately power the body. (Nicole Bullard)

Nicole Bullard

As an American, it is time to decide why doughnuts have been included in the list of respectable breakfast foods and why it continues on.

After all, Americans eat 10 billion doughnuts a year, according to the website Donuss.com. That’s 35 doughnuts per person. That’s a lot of morning drives to a nearby cafe or doughnut store. If there’s no concern for our expanding waistlines, why not use the rising gas price excuse?

Besides, there are far more suitable breakfast options than a fried circle of dough and frosting, or a doughy bar full of maple and brown sugar.

A real breakfast is supposed to be full of food that gives you energy, according to Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

If someone ate a doughnut everyday before they went to work, all they would of had for breakfast is sugar. It’s time to consider the breakfast essentials, including eggs, fruit, and vegetables. If it sounds like too much, then subtract the vegetables.

And one thing that a breakfast of eggs, fruit and vegetables doesn’t have is a heavy amount of sugar. If one is willing to cut out doughnuts from their morning schedule, it’s a good idea to whip out a pan and get cooking with new and nutritionally-improved ingredients.

Sometimes the idea of breakfast seems daunting and a quick and easy doughnut run sounds like a good plan. It’s a great short-term plan, but in the long run, it’s going to come around to haunt you.

Surprisingly, some people consider doughnuts as snacks. But a medium-sized doughnut has around 255 calories and that’s a lot for very little nutrition. If a morning snack is all someone on a busy schedule can do, then drop that pastry box and restock your fridge with small healthy snacks.

Don’t feel obligated to change a whole life’s worth of dieting habits, but make sure there is enough filling yet healthy ingredients in your morning snack to last until lunch.

Almonds are a great source of protein. One ounce provides 12 percent of a daily intake of protein. They also provide 35 percent of the daily allowance of vitamin E, according to an article in Sturgis Journal.

Having a banana isn’t so bad either, and if it’s not filling enough, a banana and peanut butter sandwich is great morning snack.

For those who still want something sweet but want to cut doughnuts out of the equation, an orange is an adequate substitute, although it can be tart and it would be sweeter to have slices of fruit with honey.

Doughnuts are fattening, and that’s the simple way to put it. When breakfast turns into an array of sugar rush and fried dough, there needs to be a limit.

Don’t stop eating doughnuts if it sounds impossible, sometimes it’s healthy to splurge a little. But please stop pretending doughnuts are an acceptable breakfast food.

Keeping all of this in mind, don’t forget about those bagels. After all, they’re just uglier versions of doughnuts.

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