Thanks everyone. I might try Greek yogurt, ones that are just really sour tasting deter me. I am not sure why, my guess is because I am still cutting back sugar or foods that have a really sweet taste from processing, etc. Its gotten a lot better, it just has to be gradual for me in trying new things and trial and error in more than one way. As far as protein, I get enough in my food from other meals, I get hungry fast in the morning if I try and eat light or go without protein to keep me full. If not, lunch can be a disaster.
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2/20/13 1:31 P
In the warmer weather, I love having some cold cooked meat with fresh fruit for breakfast.
You could also try eating cottage cheese, sweetened a little with some fruit in. Lots more protein than in yogurt.
Re: eggs ... there's boiling a bunch and saving them for whenever you need them. The same boiled eggs could also be turned into deviled eggs, if you want that extra punch (little mustard, little olive or pickle on top ...). You could use eggs to make (1) *a* quiche or (2) mini quiches in muffin tins ... get an egg/protein boost that way.
As for protein at breakfast:  I second 'Greek' over 'regular' yogurt. Or even cottage cheese on the dairy side. Perhaps add some nuts or seeds  Some play on (a) steak & eggs or (b) huevos rancheros ... especially if you have quiche or similar made, then just add beans and salsa or whatever.
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2/20/13 10:44 A
I make a batch of eggs and oats on the weekend to have for breakfast during the week. You have to make it on the stove though because it overflows in the microwave. You can reheat it in the microwave without overflowing (I guess it's the raw eggs). 1 serving (multiply for batch cooking) 1 cup water 1/2 c oats (I use old fashioned) 1/3 cup egg whites (I use egg beaters all whites) 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or more)
Heat water and oats on stove until it starts to boil. Add in vanilla and cinnamon and stir. Add egg whites and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring often (should be bubbling when finished). I've made up to a 5x batch successfully and portion it into small pyrex dishes to take to work to reheat in the mornings. 15g protein.
I have 1 egg and a 1/2 cup of cottage cheese every morning to make sure I have my protien for the entire day. Not really to keep me full, but so that I have the amount of protien my body needs in a day. I will then add fruit to my cottage cheese for the sweetness and to have a serving of that and some toast to help me fill up. Seems like it's not a whole lot of food but it does make me feel full until it's lunch time with the kiddos.
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2/19/13 6:59 P
Are you using regular yogurt or greek yogurt? If you use greek yogurt, that will give you 12 grams of protein for your half cup. I eat a very similar breakfast to you... 1/2 cup 0% plain greek yogurt mixed with a cut up apple, and 1/3 cup cinnamon raisin granola, and a bit of extra cinnamon for flavor. I find it to be pretty filling, it's 14g of protein total and around 250 calories. I eat it at my desk between 9 and 10, and I don't start feeling hungry again until around 1230.
I've also made my own breakfast sandwiches in the past using ground chicken and seasonings to make my own patties. I would make 16 at a time and keep in the freezer. That plus a whole grain 100 calorie english muffin and a slice of cheese was pretty filling for around 250 calories also. It was cheaper than being pre-made sausage patties, plus I knew exactly what was in it. I would make 5 at a time on Sundays and wrap them up and heat them up in the microwave when I got to work.
2/19/13 1:12 P
You can do egg white in the microwave (see link). I have them almost every morning. You can't beat 2 egg whites for 34 calories and 8 g of protein. I have that with Kashi cereal (high protein) and I am full until I eat lunch for just over 200 calories.
I am trying to find a leaner type protein such as meat or eggs to add to my breakfast so I stay fuller longer. Right now I am having a 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt sweetened with splenda and a 1/3 cup granola. I want to add something more because the granola and yogurt doesnt keep me ful for much more than hour or two at the most. I have thought about different types of breakfast foods like sausage or bacon, but healthier like reduced fat or a turkey version. As far as eggs, possibly hardboiled or and egg dish I can freeze and heat up in the microwave, I am not a fanatic of cooking on my stove really early. The microwave works better for me in the morning. I have not done anything because I have never tried egg substitutes or turkey version of bacon/sausage either. I have looked at lower fat meats and am not sure about what brand or what to look for when buying a healthy version. I see so many brands and different versions of a food and I really am not sure where to start. I am open to new products, though price plays a role. I will try different brands, finding a brand or product I could buy every week thats not too expensive is helpful to me.
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