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Every morning I prepare an onion, mushroom, broccoli and cheese(1/2 oz.) egg white omelette. It gives me the protein that I need and holds me through lunch, when I exercise. Oatmeal just doesn't stick with me, so I have it after dinner with dessert with almonds and dried apricots and cranberries.
Frozen whole wheat waffles, with nuked frozen strawberries and lowfat cool whip and a glass of nonfat milk.
i love a cup of post raisin bran with a cup on nonfat milk.
also the oatmeal with nonfat milk with cinnamon and raisins
I fix a quiche with a pound of sausage, 6 eggs, 1/2 cup cheese - pepper jack if I have it, or american - 1/2 cup milk and whatever spices I choose to add flavor. I don't put a crust, just cook it in a rectangle pyrex. Then I slice it into 10 pieces and put each one in a sandwich bag and freeze. Then I just zap one in the microwave each work morning. It tastes good and is filling as well as easy to make.
Oats, to me, are not good unless I add lots of sugar and milk and margarine which stacks up the calories. Plus I can eat a whole cup of these and be starving within an hour, and I'm not with the quiche.
I regularly eat whole eggs and sausage and bacon and my cholesterol is perfectly fine. Egg whites by themselves just sound nasty and turkey anything tastes like cardboard to me. There is little point in making myself eat stuff I don't like just to lose weight, because I would just gain it back as soon as I went off the diet and back to the foods that I like.
I have just started incorporating breakfast to my morning routine and I think I have found my favorite meal (with the exception of oatmeal). I make a whole wheat english muffin (under the broiler to toast it) and crack an egg open and put it in the microwave for 90 seconds and 2 slices of turkey bacon, I top it with whatever lowfat cheese I have and make an egg mc muffin that tastes better than any I have ever bought at McDonalds...and healthier!
A really quick and filling breakfast is 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oatmeal cooked in the microwave with 1 cup skim or 1% milk instead of the water. I add a little Splenda, and sometimes a few raisins + cinnamon, or Craisins. It cooks in 5 minutes in the microwave. After microwaving, I add 2 tbsps of ground flax meal. It gives the oatmeal a nutty taste & adds more fiber. I eat this almost every day.
I'm a mom who just returned to work. I am happy to read this article and grab a couple great ideas. I love granola and grapes, but I've never had them together!
Thanks for all the great ideas! I'm a nurse and getting out of the house by 6 a.m. for the day shift is not my favorite thing. Getting in a good fast breakfast will help set the tone for the day and set me up for success on my weight loss journey. Love the positive coments, too!
I'm enjoying, as we speak (sort of, lol) 1/2 cup blueberries and 1 pack of soy yogurt (same people that make YoMama and YoBaby have a soy-gurt that's awesome) pureed with my hand-held blender/food processor stick and some Quaker Oatmeal Squares, cinnamon flavor. Awesome! The blender stick makes it really easy to whip up single-serving smoothies. Mine is Hamilton Beach from Walmart with blade, whipping, and whisk attachments. $20 well spent.
I also LOVE steel-cut oats with a Tbsp of chunky peanut butter and some banana, or just a bit of brown sugar or honey and a ton of fresh ground cinnamon.
Also, 2 eggs, cooking spray or spreadable butter, 1/4 cup green pepper (or more) and some good but lean chopped Cure 81 ham (little goes a loooong way). Spray or butter the pan, heat it up 'til water sizzles, scramble then add eggs to pan, sprinkle peppers and ham over the eggs, and cover. Finished when the egg is set on top and nicely browned on the bottom. It tastes just like my mother's quiche but without the butter, cheese, and pastry crust.
Im in Iraq so my options are limited. But I LOVE 4 egg whites with some American cheese in the morning. I add a small packet of Heinz Taco sauce for flavor and it is awesome!!! Its well under 200 cals and it's a huge and filling breakfast. Lots of protein since I workout first thing in the AM.
A smoothie with Fruit and Plain yogurt, and a little Splenda, is one of my favorites. Sometimes instead of that, I make a protein shake with the Low carb Nutribar blend, I love the Rich Chocolate flavor. I love to mix it with some strawberries and drink it.
If I'm not working out during the morning, I make an omelette with 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites, and some good veggies like mushrooms, spinach or broccoli.
I'm known among my friends as the "no cook" cook. I microwave an Eggland's Best egg and have it with some mayo and half a pita. Then I drink some milk and eat blueberries or slices of fresh pineapple (much more filling than the canned version).
This was a pretty good article until they blasted eggs toward the end. If you eat only the white, you are missing out on so much of the egg that is good for you! Only a very few people - those with both high cholesterol and low triglycerides should have any problem at all with one or two eggs a day. 3.5 gm of the 5 gm of fat in an egg are unsaturated. Some studies have shown that levels of HDL, the "good" blood cholesterol, increased when subjects ate egg-supplemented diets. Eggs are good for your eyes and other parts of you, too. Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids (pigments in plant and animal foods) that have been shown to protect against macular degeneration, a serious age-related eye disease. Both lutein and zeaxanthin are found in egg yolks. According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, because of the egg yolk's fats, the carotenoids in egg yolks are better absorbed than those from plant sources, such as carrots and spinach. Egg yolks are also one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D which enhances the work that calcium does to keep our bones strong. Eggs, especially yolks, also contribute folate, which helps prevent birth defects in infants and heart disease in older adults. This info and more: http://www.eggs.ab.ca/about/eggnutrition.h
my favorite breakfast is putting oatmeal in either my coffee or hot cocoa and then just sipping the liquid and then having the oatmeal last. its like there's a surprise at the end!!
My mother always said starting your day without breakfast is like trying to run your car without gas! She was right.
I have found that steel cut oatmeal and a piece of fruit will stick with me easily until lunch. Cheerios are good, but the satiety isn't as high. Also, if you are used to 'fast food' breakfasts, you can try:
100 calorie English Muffin (high fiber)
1 egg white cooked or better n' eggs - pan fry
1 slice of Canadian bacon (warmed) or 2 slices of Oscar Meyer Deli Meat
melt sliced Laughing Cow Gouda atop the egg or 1 tbl shredded parmesan cheese
voila .. .a low calorie MacSandwich .. I add a slice of tomato or some roasted red bell pepper YUM.
My breakfast every day always has my morning smoothie. Gives me my fruit serving for the day! ( I have a hard time eating fruit, particuarly fruits like strawberries, and peaches, and anything that can almost seem slimmy from all the juicyness) So a morning fruit blend smoothie is great.
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