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HAPPYMENOW58 Posts: 2,264
6/6/13 2:51 P

Some of these breakfast ideas sound great! Thanks to all...Will try them....

CARRIENIGN SparkPoints: (28,907)
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6/6/13 6:03 A

One of the easiest, most versatile items I like for breakfast is bagel thins. They are low calorie and I find all sorts of uses for them. I eat them with cream cheese or peanut butter, add an egg and cheese for a sandwich, add tuna, relish, and mayo for a tuna salad sandwich--anything you have on hand! Tortillas are good for breakfast, too. Just scramble a couple eggs and wrap them up. That's another easy one I love. I eat greek yogurt a lot, too, and started experimenting when I got bored with it.

MFORET4 SparkPoints: (41,056)
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6/3/13 12:45 P

Congratulations on identifying your desire for variety to start your day! I love pearled barley for breakfast and also for mid-morning snacks, but I don't like to cook everyday. Once a week, I cook 1 cup (dry) pearled barley in 4 cups broth with 2 "OX" brand sodium-free broth packets. When the barley is done (follow package instructions for cooking times), stir in ~3 T. chia seeds and let the pot cool, stirring occasionally to see if more liquid is needed for the texture you prefer, and if so, add water until the consistency is smooth. You could add milk instead of water. Serve (reheat) throughout the week with berries, nuts, or any preferred toppings. My favorite mid-morning snack is ~1/2 cup in a pretty serving dish, topped with 1 T. sugar-free Hershey's strawberry syrup (10 cal) and 1 T. sugar-free Hazelnut coffee cream (15 cal). Add nuts or 1 t. peanut butter for more protein. Somehow, the smoothness of the barley appeals to my taste and sense buds and is very satisfying. Thanks for bringing this up, Mary

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5/31/13 3:22 P

Not knowing what you do have in the house currently, I will respond with some of my own ideas. I'm not big on breakfast either, but have found it's a real necessity.

bowl of Puffed Wheat with 2% milk, a Greek yogurt (I like honey vanilla and raspberry), Trop 50 orange juice, hard-boiled egg

two scrambled eggs, banana or orange, light rye toast with apple butter or Smart Balance original buttery spread

fresh fruit, hard-boiled egg, Trop 50



SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
5/31/13 11:49 A

You want the Larabar for breakfast, so eat it. You posted the same thing in a different way in another forum. You're an adult in charge of your own choices. You don't need permission to eat what you want. And you shoot down ideas because you don't have ingredients, what *do* you have in your house.

And if you are having the yogurt, you don't have to drink the milk. A glass of milk isn't magical. Have dairy in the form of yogurt in the morning and drink milk with lunch. Personally, I do better with high-protein breakfast. Too many carbs and sugar calories in the morning set me up for cravings all day.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,233
5/31/13 8:24 A

My excuses were

1. I do not have the ingredients to make the suggested items this time around, so I have to save them for another time. I can't make recipes with cottage cheese and bananas if I don't have either of those items. YET I clearly said that I will keep them in mind for the future. They just don't help me at this moment.

2. The thought of what I normally have for dinner makes me feel sick first thing in the morning- not to mention it's time consuming, so that probably won't work well for me.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (101,292)
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5/31/13 5:06 A

Shooting down ideas with excuses, as usual.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,233
5/30/13 11:00 P

Unfortunately, I don't have ingredients to make several of those items, but I will keep them in mind for the future. I'm generally not a smoothie fan. They taste good, but they aren't filling enough for me, so I prefer to eat the ingredients separately. Besides, the best smoothies have strawberries and bananas and I have neither.

I do have Larabars, so I thought of having one of those, but a Larabar with fruit and milk doesn't seem like a good enough breakfast. It has over 400 calories, 54 carbs, 18 grams of fat (which isn't too terrible. I'm not afraid of fat), and only 13 grams of protein. Adding a greek yogurt would get the calorie count to at around 550 with the flavors I have, and I generally don't care for having yogurt and milk together. It's just too much dairy all at once.

I don't like having bars like that for breakfast every day, but once and a while shouldn't hurt.

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5/30/13 10:33 P

I often enjoy a piece of mashed banana on Whole Grain toast (no butter/marg needed) and sprinkled with a little cinnamon. Another is Cottage Cheese and Tomato on Toast. My usual is Rolled Oats with a little Baker's Bran, and a little brown sugar sprinkled on top, plus 1/2 banana. You can do the Oats with some chopped dried dates to give it extra sweetness/flavour and fibre. Baked Beans on Toast is another good one, that I have occasionally. A smoothie with a variety of fresh veges, some oat bran or wheatgerm, and some plain yoghurt and milk is also another nice one - and refreshing for a snack or as lunch, too!

Kris

SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 30,775
5/30/13 10:03 P

Here's an article where some members shared their favorite breakfasts: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=933
. You might find some good ideas in there.

Coach Denise

FTSOLK Posts: 1,233
5/30/13 9:32 P

I generally don't have an appetite for a baked potato and grilled chicken breast first thing in the morning


ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (101,292)
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5/30/13 9:26 P

Stop eating breakfast food for breakfast. Eat whatever you want.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,233
5/30/13 9:20 P

I'm getting a little tired of my usual breakfasts, and I'm looking for some ideas to spice things up.

Typically, I rotate between an omelette with veggies and cheese (feta) or Chobani yogurt with fruit, chia seeds, ground flax seed and nuts, and (sometimes) oatmeal, but they're starting to get a little old, and I want something different tomorrow.

My best idea was a banana slices and almond butter on toast with a glass of milk, but I don't have banana or any nut butters.I also don't have any deli meats or good cheese for sandwiches.

I'm looking for ideas that are quick and easy. I do plan on pairing my breakfast with a cup of milk to see how well adding milk throughout my day helps me stay satisfied longer.


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