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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I have been eating the same breakfast* every day for maybe eight years... I honestly don't remember how long for sure. The funny thing is, I'm not even sick of it. I really love it.

The trouble is, it's a chunk of calories (around 500). I've been able to make it work, but as my weight goes down, my daily calorie range does too. So I was getting concerned that the time may come to find something else to eat for breakfast and I wanted to have some options to try out before I get desperate to make changes.

Today I tried some oatmeal with peaches. I was never a fan of oatmeal as a kid, but I hadn't tried it in a long time and thought it was worth a shot. Turns out I'm still not crazy about it. My husband loves the stuff. Of course he adds a good bit of butter and sugar to his... butter and sugar can make just about anything taste good. I didn't want to go that route.

So tomorrow I'll be back to my usual breakfast and I'll keep my eyes peeled for other options out there.

* I don't think it really matters what my usual breakfast is, but just because someone may ask...

- Whole wheat tortilla (the large/burrito size that Mission makes is an EXCELLENT source of fiber. Like 26 grams. REALLY.)
- Natural peanut butter (No hydrogenated oils, just peanuts. I like the Laura Scudder's brand.)
- Fruit spread or honey (For a while I was using both together, very yummy. But I have cut out the honey to save calories)

I spread the peanut butter and fruit spread and/or honey on the tortilla and roll it up tight. You have to keep the layers fairly thin so it doesn't goo out all over.

Then I follow that with a piece of fruit. Used to always be a banana, but these days I've been having a clementine.
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    My favorite is actually eggs- good lord I LOVE some excellently scrambled eggs tossed with lots of veggies, the more the merrier. My killer was always the nightly Treat I wanted. Needless to say I learned to substitute and 5 out of 7 days I don't even want it even 2 weeks into changing my habits. Usually I am just as happy with a nice cup of peppermint tea.

    One thought was trying Roll Ups. In a I need to Eat pinch I love slices of deli meat wrapped around a little cream cheese. Maybe try mixing your tortilla up, and trying that low carb with some scrambled egg, or with some nice sweet peppers. One thing I learned was to allow myself to have Dinner for Breakfast when I wanted (yup, totally had a nice pork-chop a Few times!) and breakfast for dinner :). I do think your on the right track with doing some mixing and trading and seeing what new, healthier concoctions you can come up with :)

    Maybe a nice whole grain muffin with fruit? Explore all the possible calorie combinations and see what works. Eating should be an adventure, right? :)
    1837 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/6/2013 12:33:55 AM
    Your breakfast works for you so stick to it but for a change you could have a boiled egg and soldiers (toasted bread cut into long fingers) to dip into the egg yoke, or shredded wheat & milk. I too disliked oatmeal but I changed my tune when it was pointed out how it helped to lower blood pressure. Alternatively we'll have oatmeal with a teaspoon of honey and a banana plus soya milk followed by a cup of any herbal tea.
    I also love marmalade and toast and butter - a couple of teaspoons according to a diet I did a few years ago doesn't harm anyone as we all need some fat.
    1850 days ago
    Maybe you can find lower calorie tortillas, or a smaller type of tortilla that is therefore fewer calories, or you can get some Better than Peanut Butter which is like half the calories (though I have no idea if it's any good; I've just seen it in stores).

    On the other hand, you can just keep doing what you're doing because you're making it work and, like RISINGBLUESTAR said, it's good to have more calories earlier in the day. I tend to hoard mine until the end of the day and I feel off-balance when I do that.

    Sounds like a yummy breakfast!

    Though if you want to give oatmeal another go, you can always add PB and splenda, or an egg and some chopped frozen spinach, or cheese and broccoli, or berries and sweetener, or canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice, or apples and cinnamon (omg apple/cinnamon/peanut butter is AMAZING in oatmeal!), or cocoa powder and sweetener, or pretty much anything you can find in your fridge! You can do ANYTHING to oatmeal. Personally, I adore oatmeal and I love playing with it and adding different stuff to it, but if you don't like it, maybe you'd like breakfast cereals? Or fruit and yogurt parfaits? English muffins? Toast? Homemade whole wheat low-fat muffins? There is much more to the breakfast world than oatmeal! :)
    1850 days ago
    Don't worry about it too much. It's much better for your breakfast to be on the higher end of the calorie range than your lunch or dinner because you will be walking or burning off more through the day. I don't know how you didn't get sick of the same breakfast for 8 years. I don't know if I could do that! I think it's great you found something you like so much. :)

    1856 days ago
    My breakfast tends to be on the higher end of the calorie spectrum too, at around 450 calories, but I also love it and never tire of it. So I stick with it because if I am going to splurge on one meal I'd rather it be breakfast so it starts my day off just right.

    Maybe there's a way to make the tortilla smaller? Or use no jelly? Or perhaps you keep the breakfast and make the rest of the day work around it. :-)

    At any rate...you're thinking about it and trying to find modifications and have already done so by cutting the honey...so you're totally on the right track. Keep at it and I'm sure you'll find the perfect long-term solution!
    1858 days ago
    I eat a breakfast of habit too...but mine is oatmeal. I love McCanns Steel Cut oats. Hate regular mushy oats.

    If you start out the day with too few calories and feel deprived all day you will end up eating too much later. Maybe you can just switch too the slightly smaller burrito wrapper or use 1/2 the PB you usually use.

    1859 days ago
  • DAWN14163
    I also have favourite breakfasts! Coincidentally, my winter breakfast is oatmeal with fruit. When it's warmer, I go for a large bowl of fresh fruit with natural yogurt, sprinkled with ground seeds (flax, pumpkin, sunflower and sesame mix). I think PJ's suggestion of halving the burrito is a great idea.
    1859 days ago
    Sounds like you are really wedded to that 8 year old breakfast. I'm thinking that you can have your cake and eat it too- just use one half of that burrito. You would then get all the good and half the calories. I'm counting 250 instead of 500. I also read an article that said you are happier when your brain thinks you are eating "more", so cut the half burrito in half and have two sandwiches. LOL Heaven :-)
    1859 days ago
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