Macros: Which One Is 'Healthier'?

This weekend I went out to breakfast and ordered:

  • The Power Breakfast: yogurt, granola + fruit with honey on top.

My friend ordered:

  • The Deluxe: 2 eggs, 1 piece of toast, 2 smallish pancakes, 2 pieces of bacon, with potatoes

 

Which Do You Think Is Healthier?

I was eating this meal and realized, OMG. I am FULL. As I examined our meals and the portions, I thought wow, I think mine is a lot more dense and heavy than I thought it would be.

Pancakes are typically seen as 'bad', and a big bowl of fruit and yogurt would typically be seen as 'good'.

BUT— we know that with intuitively eating, nothing is inherently good or bad, it's just food. However, because you're a Strong Chick, that means you care about nutrition still and it means you still have a desire to be educated when it comes to what you're putting in your body. So let's break down each meal.

The Power Bowl:

Carbs: Fruit, Honey, Granola, Yogurt (it was flavored yogurt which I didn't know before I ordered it, meaning it was full of sugar..not a bad thing, I just didn't know).

Fat: There may be trace amounts in the granola but nothing substantial in this meal.

Protein: The greek yogurt

The Deluxe:

Carbs: Pancakes, toast, potatoes, maple syrup

Fat: Eggs & bacon 

Protein: Eggs & bacon

A Deeper Look

Each meal provides a pretty balanced amount of each macronutrient, though I would have liked to see the Power Bowl have some fat. Here is where it gets interesting:

The Power Bowl:

157g of Carbs

10g of Fat

25g of protein

The Deluxe

119g of Carbs

109g of Fat

29g of Protein

For a HALF OF A PINT of Ben And Jerry's:

62g Of Carbs

30g of Fat

8g of Protein

Okay, so why does all of this matter?

You know that at SCR we DO NOT count, weigh or scale out our food—but knowledge is power, and I want you to see that that somewhat seemingly healthier option, really isn't if you're looking at it from a macronutrient standpoint.

What does this mean for you?

I still want you to order what you want, without fear. Wether it's ice cream, pancakes or a power bowl. 

Here's what I want you to know:

  • You don't have to eat everything just because it's in front of you. I only ate the yogurt + half of the fruit and granola in that power bowl because it was just so much food.
  • ust because it appears to have more "Whole Foods" in it, doesn't mean it's 'better'.
  • When picking what you're going to eat, make sure that you actually want it--regardless of what is. If YOU feel good about it, that's what matters.
  • If you're trying to pick a more balanced meal, make sure you're getting protein, carbs and fat in each meal.
  • If you wanted to pick a more whole, nutrient dense meal out of the two of theses, I would have chosen eggs + bacon with ONE of the carb sources, not all three.