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7/16/08 6:31 A

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When I was still working I had a breakfast of at least 400-500 calories, a hamburger was a common item as was leftover pizza. I found I had more energy and had no trouble making it to lunchtime and as a factory worker I needed morning energy.

Now that I am retired and a SparkPerson I am adding fruits to my breakfast of cottage cheese/cereal. I average 200-300 calories and I must say that since I added fresh fruit I am staying full a lot longer. 1/2 apple, 1/2 C grapes, 1/2 orange, 1 peach - whatever fruit is handy - my bowl is getting so full that I stopped adding cereal to the bowl, no longer needed to remain full.

The best part is it is easy to track with SP's Nutrition page emoticon and I find it relaxing to prepare the fruit into small bites.

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What a great idea! Do you make your own pizza crust? I've experimented with some different crusts using my bread machine but I've yet to find one that really works for me.

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7/11/08 9:52 A

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Um, this might sound weird, but pizza is a good way to break out of a breakfast rut. Of course, I'm not talking about a Pizza Hut or bought pizza, but one you make yourself, preferably with a whole wheat or fiber-rich crust of some kind and veggies, a low-fat meat or meat substitute (if you'd like) and cheese, also if you like. Actually, a pizza with fruit might also be a good option, with perhaps a low-fat cream cheese spread. I like the idea of eating a breakfast that isn't traditionally "breakfast"-it can help to break out of the boredom that can set in when you eat the same thing every day.

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7/1/08 1:47 P

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I have either peanut butter on toast or black beans on toast at least once a week. Along with a smoothie it makes a filing, high protein breakfast.

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6/21/08 12:22 A

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I saw quite a few recipes for smoothies, but for some reason I always feel like I didn't "really" eat if I drink my calories, but I love them, so I try to make them as low-calorie as possible so I can have something else too.

Here's what I have for breakfast 3-4 times a week:

A smoothie made from about 3/4 cup fat-free Greek style yogurt (I can get it at Trader Joes or Sprouts here) - it has about 120 cal/cup, almost no carbs and about 20 grams of protein. I add about 3/4 cup frozen wild blueberries - the little tiny ones - and a couple tablespoons of sugar free raspberry Torani syrup. Then just enough plain seltzer water or club soda to make it the consistency I want. It gives the smoothie a nice fizzy consistency and doesn't add calories. A big, tasty, healthy smoothie for less than 150 calories!

Now I can add something to chew - I'm seriously addicted to Fiber One cereal bars, the new Oats and Apple Struesel are my favorite. That's 140 cal and 9 grams of fiber. If I want more protein, I add a low fat cheese stick, if not, an apple or orange for another 80 calories.

That's quite a bit of food, including a good dose of fiber, protein, and fruit for less than 400 calories and I won't need a nap in an hour like I would after a bowl of sugary cereal or pancakes.

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6/20/08 8:23 A

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My quick and easy breakfast is oats cooked in the microwave in 2 mins. with 180ml of non fat milk and a little honey. Followed by a glass of orange juice and a banana.
I eat this every day and never get boared with it.emoticon

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these are all great ideas...I find it makes a huge difference for the rest of the day if I get in 2 servings of fruit/vegies at breakfast and fiber and protein



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6/14/08 10:01 A

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Exactly Larry...I get bored eating the same breakfast items. Some of the suggestions here I really didnt think of...Like breaking away from traditional breakfast foods. Only so much cereal and fruit I can eat before boredom sets in.

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6/12/08 11:36 A

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Good morning all.

The only boring breakfast I know is having the samething each morning. I like to change each day and have something different. Same with lunch and dinner (although lunch is ify at times). I like a varity of foods and will incorporate them into what ever meal I fix at the time it is prepared. Even if it is a sweet roll.

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6/3/08 7:58 A

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My most recently tired new breakfast item was the Quaker breakfast cookie. Taste good 180 cals. A little small. I found it wasnt quite enough to fill me. Great for a take with me breakfast though.

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5/16/08 2:08 P

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You can also try pita bread. try the whole wheat pitas. one whole pita is 160 calories. you can have it with fat free turkey and mustard and roll it up like a burrito. the whole thing will be under 220 calories and very filling.


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4/29/08 11:04 P

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I made the Aunt Jemima whole wheat pancakes. Very tasty! I added some blackberries with light syrup. Although I didnt eat it for breakfast I ate it tonight for dinner. It was filling and really good.
The only downfall of it...the directions say 1 cup of mix prepared makes 10-12 pancakes...I only got 9 out of it. Next time Im sure I could squeeze 10.
For 3 pancakes (yielding 9 per batch) came to 249 calories.

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4/27/08 10:48 A

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The breakfast I ate when I lost 30 lbs was whole milk yogurt and Special K (the only healthy cereal low enough in fiber for me to eat). The whole milk yogurt fills you up better and sticks with you longer then low fat or non fat. I used to add a scoop of whey/soy protein powder and a scoop of splenda.
I like the smoothie suggestions - since I can't really eat the berries though I will try OJ and yorgurt with protein powder - sounds yummy!


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4/26/08 10:53 A

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great suggestions for hot breakfasts! I usually do better with something hot and savory rather than cold and sweet. I always try to incorporate some fruit, but yogurt and fruit only leaves me ravenous well before lunch. I use natural peanut butter exclusively and it works well since it isn't sweet.

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Well today I went grocery shopping. Of course breakfast ideas were on my mind. I walked down the isle of breakfast foods, Not being a huge fan of cereal I checked out some other items. What I found was WHOLE WHEAT pancake mix and Fiber One Apple muffin mix. So I have two new things to add to my breakfast which hopefully wont be boring for a while.

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4/25/08 10:38 P

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For the last two weeks breakfast is one cup diced strawberries with a container of non-fat vanilla yogurt dumped on top. If I am extra hungry, I will also have a half of a Lenders bagel with a wedge of low-fat Laughing Cow cheese.

During the winter I made a lot of plain instant oatmeal that I then added a sprinkle of cinnamin and some cranraisins and diced up apple.

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I'll second the english muffin and scrambled egg (though I cook mine on the stove). I make a little sandwich out of it with a slice of low fat american cheese, wrap it up and take it to work.

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4/25/08 10:57 A

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Wow, Thanks lots of great suggestions!

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I am one of those people who doesn't measure her food. Whenever I watched my grandmothers, my mom, and my aunt cook, they just did handfuls of this, dashes of that, so I learned to cook by eye when I use an old recipe, or when I make one up.

My best guess would be to use 1 to 1.5 cups of yogurt, maybe 3/4 cup of mango, 1/2 to a full small can of pineapple, 1/8 cup of apple juice, and 1 to 2 TBLSP of honey.

The nice thing about smoothies is that it is easy to adjust it to your personal taste. My suggestion is to blend that together and then give it a taste to make sure the consistency and flavor are to your liking. If it's too thick, add more apple juice, too thin, add more yogurt. If you feel it needs more fruit taste, add more fruit. If you find you made too much, it will keep until tommorrow.

Enjoy!

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4/25/08 8:57 A

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These sound wonderful.

Gladgad - how much low-fat yogurt and milk to you add. The mango and pineapple smoothie sounds awesome and I would like to try it this weekend. I have always used pre-mixed packets so I am not sure how much of what to add for a smoothie. Thanks for the info!

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4/25/08 8:50 A

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French Toast

Ingredients:
3 slices Wonder Light White Bread or any 40 calorie bread.
1/3 cup Egg Beaters, Original
1/2 oz. Torani Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup OR 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon (divided)
1 packet SPLENDA


Directions:
Combine Egg Beaters with vanilla syrup (or extract) and half of the cinnamon. Use the egg mixture as an egg wash, and dip your bread into it. Cook in a pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. When both sides are brown, plate those suckers and sprinkle ‘em with Splenda and the remaining cinnamon. This stuff is super on its own, but feel free to serve it up with sugar-free maple syrup, sugar-free jelly, some fresh berries, and/or some Fat Free Reddi-wip. Of course your nutritionals will vary accordingly, but with such low calorie and fat counts, you can afford to splurge a little...


Serving Size: Entire recipe
Calories: 170
Fat: 1g
Sodium: 545mg
Carbs: 31g
Fiber: 8g
Sugars: 2.5g
Protein: 14g


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4/25/08 8:48 A

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I'm impressed that you get up that early and eat a hot breakfast! I eat mine at work usually. I have things like:

Plain or vanilla non-fat yogurt mixed with fruit and a little granola, wheat germ, nuts and/or flaxseed

Oatmeal (steel-cut is best, and you can make it the night before in a crockpot) with fruit, flaxseed and a few nuts

Smoothies made with yogurt and/or protein powder

Whole wheat bagels with lower-fat peanut butter and banana

Low-fat cheese, fruit and whole grain bread

Homemade low-fat bran muffins, made with berries or other fruit (make ahead and freeze) and skim milk

Scrambled eggs with onion and/or bell pepper and a slice of whole grain toast

Kashi Go Lean Crunch is one of my favorite cereals -- high fiber, high protein and very filling.




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Since it's getting into warm weather, maybe you would enjoy a cool breakfast? I make these up in 3 separate bowls in the evening and then I have breakfast ready to go for the next 3 days! I love it.
1/4 c. blackberries
3/4 c. plain non-fat yogurt
1 tsp. splenda
a dash of vanilla
1 scoop "vanilla ice cream" protein powder

In the morning I sometimes add 1/2 cup of Fiber One or 1/4 grape nuts.

Hope this helps....enjoy!
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Sound like you may prefer a warm/hot breakfast.
I also leave early in the morning 5:30am. but am fortunate enough to be able to eat once I'm at work.

Maybe pop a Multi Grain English muffin (I like Aunt Millies) in the toaster. Spray a small microwaveable bowl with pam. Scramble an egg & microwave it. You could also make the scrambled egg into a little omlet by adding pre cut items like ham,green peppers, onion, mushroom... whatever you like.

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4/25/08 1:22 A

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My favourite breakfast is 1 1/2 cups orange juice with 1 cup blueberries (frozen), 1 banana with 1 TBSP flax oil and sometimes I add some protein powder or plain yogurt.





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I have yet to get bored with the breakfast I've had almost every day for the last 7 months, so maybe I'm just boring. ;-) But here it is:

- A cup of mixed FRESH fruit (my usual mix is equal parts strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, and cantaloupe)
- 1/2 cup yogurt (I use the full-fat yogurt because the flavor I like best (with no refined sugar) doesn't come in low-fat.)
- 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed (I just started this in the last couple months, but now it's an essential for me)

What a yummy sweet treat! I look forward to it every morning. Sometimes I add 1/4 cup of granola, but it's great without it, too. Yum!

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How about something really different like soup? Breakfast doesn't have to be standard breakfast fare. But if you want to stick with regular breakfast foods, you can make whole grain pancakes ahead of time and freeze them.

Smoothies can be prepared fast and you can drink it on the way to work. Add lowfat or nonfat yogurt or milk, your favorite fruits (fresh and/or frozen), a dash of apple juice, and a little sugar or honey in a blender. Mix until well blended. Fruit combinations that are good:

1. Banana and strawberries
2. Mixed berries - you can find this frozen, but be aware that if there are blackberries in the mix that they have seeds
3. Mango and Pineapple (this one is fabulous). Use frozen mangos and a small can of drained pineapple.

Note: If your bananas get too ripe before you can eat them, toss them in the freezer and use them when you make smoothies. They will keep for a couple of months.

If you like cereal, sometimes I will mix nonfat yogurt with muselix or granola instead of using milk.

I hope some of these sound good to you.

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Oatmeal! So many ways to make it yummy: banana and cinnamon, pumpkin and nutmeg/cinnamon, raisins and cinnamon, sliced almonds, blueberries, mango, strawberries, peanut butter, cocoa . . .

and I always add a tbsp of flaxseed!



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I am usually in a hurry in the morning. I have to leave the house at 6am. I'm getting bored with my breakfast. I usually eat eggs and grits, or turkey bacon with alternative bagel, cereal, Just need something different! Oh and I also eat frozen waffles. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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