Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I'm not a morning person. Never have been, never will be. Even as a baby, I could stay up all night and sleep late into the morning.
I'm a morning zombie. I wake up slowly, I'm groggy and stagger around gathering things for work. DH wants to chat, I can barely grunt a response. My shower helps, but not a lot, especially as we head into the winter months when it's dark until I arrive at school.
And my stomach wakes up even more slowly than the rest of me. No way can I eat eggs at 6 AM. Most mornings, cereal doesn't tempt me. All through high school I didn't eat breakfast (and often skipped lunch) which is about when I gained a significant amount of weight and developed a weight problem. So I KNOW breakfast is important.
Enter the muffin. A somewhat sweet, fruity, whole grain muffin. Two small homemade muffins, a thermos and travel mug filled with nonfat tea lattes, and I'm good to go. I can eat the muffins before I leave home, or on the road. I drink the tea until lunchtime. I can have this lovely breakfast for about 300-350 calories, depending on the kind of muffin I make.
I've found I can make 24 muffins, share a few with DH, and have enough for 2 work weeks. Orange cranberry with walnuts. Banana with almonds. Zucchini with raisins and nuts. All with oatmeal, whole wheat flour, applesauce - the only fat is from whole eggs (1/6 egg per muffin, I just can't justify throwing away the yolk) and the healthy fat from a sprinkle of nuts. Lots of fiber. Probably half a serving of fruit. I've solved the breakfast problem.
I'm still not talkative in the morning - I still stagger around eyes half opened. But at least I'm getting a good breakfast.