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EMELYN21
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2/8/13 3:52 P

I also make steel cut oats in a slow cooker on weekends. I like the consistency a little thicker.

I portion out 5 portions in a microwaveable sealed container (I use the Tupperware bowls with seals). In th AM if I have time, I put it in the micro for 1 min. If I'm running late, I drop it in my bag and micro at work.

Every few weeks I'll also bake some mango bran muffins (or banana), just to. Is it up. And when they're on sale I will get individual cottage cheese with fruit toppings.



BUNNYKICKS
Posts: 2,244
2/8/13 1:58 P

I swear I could eat yogurt every. single. day. But! There's a catch. I turn it into "Bircher Muesli" (sometimes referred to as "overnight oatmeal"). The more traditional recipes call for yogurt and/or milk, uncooked rolled oats, grated apple and a few chopped nuts. Me - i make it any which way I want, so it tastes different every day, changing with the seasons. Pear and pumpkin pepitas? Pomegranate and apple? Fresh peaches and toasted almond? Yes and yes and yes! I will say though, that it is best with at least *some* nice crunchy apple in it.

The key is plain yogurt made WITHOUT gelatin or other commercial thickeners. If you get the thick-creamy greek kind, you'd want to thin it down with some milk. Mix your oats and fruit and throw it in the fridge overnight. Or mix it first thing in the morning and take it with you. If you use "quick" oats it is ready to eat within a half hour or so. "Slow" oats would take longer to soften up.

Now, stepping away from my yogurt love affair...

Bagel with pb or cream cheese and apple slices
Open-faced toasted cheese sandwich (broils up quick in a toaster oven)
Muffins (find a good healthy home-made recipe - freeze for easy on-hand grab-and-go)
Leftovers (Muscatdbq made some good suggestions!)





OBIESMOM2
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2/8/13 1:53 P

you can make wraps really quick - cheese, some fresh spinach, Canadian bacon or deli meat



MUSCATDBQ
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2/8/13 1:36 P

I dont care for cereal for breakfast and I dont have time to make anything hot (or even warm up anything really...I Iike my sleep too much). So, Here are a couple that Ive been liking lately:
Baked oatmeal with nuts and fruit-this ends up like a bar so really easy to grab and go
String cheese, fiber bar, grape tomatoes

And, who says you have to eat traditional Breakfast stuff for breakfast? I like eating leftovers from dinner the night before too!
Grilled chicken sandwich
leftover burrito bowl filling
Homemade pizza slice



OBIESMOM2
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2/8/13 11:47 A

you can make steel cut oats in a slow cooker so it's ready in the morning; portion out in containers and you are good for several days



YOJULEZ
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2/8/13 11:34 A

I HATE eggs and bananas too :)

A few weeks ago I made my own chicken breakfast sausages using this recipe: ellysaysopa.com/2009/07/07/breakfast-chick
en-sausage-patties/


Then, since it made 16, I kept out 5 of them and froze the rest. I made 5 sandwiches with whole grain english muffins, and a slice of cheese, wrapped in plastic wrap and kept in the fridge. The following week on Sunday I pulled out 5 more of the frozen ones and did the same thing. Once I got to work I unwrapped the plastic and wrapped in a paper towel and popped in the microwave for 30 seconds to warm them up. Quick and easy and each sandwich came up at around 225 calories.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 2/8/2013 (11:34)


EBSHORT222
Posts: 477
2/8/13 11:25 A

Atkins meal bars



EELYRAM7
Posts: 362
2/8/13 11:15 A

I like to have a fiber bar and string cheese. They usually tide me over until lunch, especially if I eat them slowly. I have a tendency to eat really fast and the nature of the string cheese forces me to slow it down.



NIKKIKERN12
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2/8/13 10:32 A

My husband and I are always eating on the run so I completely understand. We both tend to have protein shakes but we have the "shaker" cups with the little whisk in them so no blender needed. We also eat cliff bars or Kashi Go Lean bars. The cliff bars are higher in calories so I tend to lean towards the Kashi bars. To switch it up I also buy eggo multigrain waffles, pop two in the toaster, slap on some almond butter and out the door. In a typical week I go back and forth between the above plus some days I have the dreaded Greek Yogurt. emoticon



JAHINTZY
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2/8/13 9:55 A

I make a big pan of baked oatmeal every sunday, divy it up into seven servings wrapped individually, and stowe away in the fridge for the week. The oatmeal is more of a moist bread consistency so you can eat it alone easily. I take mine to work with a little container of milk and warm up the oatmeal in a bowl and top with milk. I'm so entirely not a morning person, but I wake up hungry so breakfasts for me have to be simple enough that a zombie can do it :)

the recipe is on here at http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
il.asp?recipe=2358679

Other things I've done in the past are sandwiches, cottage cheese and other quick breads (spinach and mozzarella, zucchini, etc)



NIRERIN
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2/8/13 8:00 A

1. half a whole wheat bagel with cheese. easiest breakfast ever.
2. i make smoothies in advance, but keep them in the freezer. which means that you can't really drink them til 2-3 hours after taking them out.
3. muffins. you can make up a big batch on the weekends, keep enough for a few days and freeze the rest. split one open and add jam/nut butter/hummus/spread you like.
4. cold salads. you could do actual green ones that you make the night before, or you could do a grain base. look for any vegetarian/vegan cookbook, but the idea is grain plus veggie plus a little sauce = yum. this week i did quinoa with mushrooms and zucchini and i did half the batch with orange sauce and the other half with rosemary, garlic and balsamic.
5. sandwiches or wraps. you can pack them the night before or make them as you go. nut butter and apples work as a topping/filling, meat and hummus, hummus and veggies, and the fillings are really endless.

Edited by: NIRERIN at: 2/8/2013 (08:03)


MISSRUTH
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2/8/13 7:51 A

I don't like eggs either. I *might* eat one twice a year, tops. And even then, I get it down as fast as I can and quickly eat something else, to kill the taste and "mouth feel" of it.

Nothing says it has to be "breakfast food" for breakfast. Could be a sandwich. Peanut butter, cheese, that leftover chicken from dinner last night. Wash it down with a little milk. Don't like bananas? Eat an orange or an apple or some frozen strawberries, either thawed or not. Crack open a can of peaches (canned in juice, not a sugary syrup).

Do you eat cereal? Oatmeal? I don't like oatmeal (too "mooshy" for me) but you can do a lot with oatmeal. Tried baking some healthy muffins? You can do these in the evening or on the weekend, and then just zap one in the microwave to warm it up for breakfast.



Edited by: MISSRUTH at: 2/8/2013 (07:53)


COLLEENKELLEY
Posts: 29
2/8/13 7:28 A

I am in a serious breakfast rut - if I have to eat one more cup of yogurt I'm going to scream! So I'm asking if anyone can share their breakfast ideas. There are a few conditions, though...first of all, I HATE eggs. Loathe them. The smell, the sight, even the idea of putting them in my mouth makes me want to gag. I feel the same way about bananas. Second, I start work very early. I leave my house around 5:45 am every morning. So cooking something to take with me isn't really a possibility unless I want to start waking up even earlier than 4:30, which I don't. And third, my husband works nights and has usually only been asleep for 2 hours or so by the time I leave, so I can't turn the blender on to make a smoothie. (At least not in the morning. I've never made one the night before. Do they keep?)

Other than that, I'm all ears emoticon Please help! Thank you!

Edited by: COLLEENKELLEY at: 2/8/2013 (07:29)


 
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