Body for Life Diet: 3 Quick Breakfast Ideas

The Body for Life diet was created by Bill Phillips. Phillips recognizes that America is facing an obesity epidemic and part of this is to blame on the fast-food revolution. The ease of burger, soda and fries–prepared in minimal time–has lead to an increase in obesity and diabetes rates.

Instead of simply creating another fad diet, Phillips believes that Americans need to relearn their entire relationship with food. The Body for Life Diet is a lifestyle change that incorporates a nutritious and tasty meal plan, along with an exercise plan that includes cardiovascular exercise and strength training. The Body for Life does not list any off-limit foods; instead, Phillips advises that people eat in moderation. Below is a list of quick breakfast ideas:

Breakfast #1: Spanish Omelet

  • 1 egg
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2/3 cup frozen diced potatoes, like ore ida
  • 1 tbsp skim milk
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 slice reduced fat cheese
  • ¼ cup salsa

This quick breakfast meal should be on the plate in less than 15 minutes from start to finish. Simply coat a small nonstick skillet with cooking spray and add the potatoes. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.

While potatoes are cooking, in a separate bowl, whisk together eggs and skim milk. Add the chili powder, cumin and pepper. Blend together.

Lightly coat a medium nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Heat over medium heat and add the eggs. After 30 to 60 seconds, run a spatula around the edge of the eggs, allowing uncooked eggs to run underneath.

When eggs are set but still moist, add the cheese and salsa to one side of the omelet. Fold omelet over cheese and cook for approximately 1 minute. Serve the omelet with the potatoes.

Breakfast #2: Ham and Egg Sandwich

  • 1 egg
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp skim milk
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1 slice ham, lean
  • 1 slice reduced fat cheese

This portable breakfast should take less than 10 minutes to prepare. Begin by coating a small skillet with nonstick spray and warm over medium heat. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and pepper. Pour egg mixture into the skillet. After 30 to 60 seconds, scramble the egg mixture with a spatula. Allow eggs to finish cooking. Remove eggs from skillet.

Respray skillet and add one slice of bread. Top with ham, eggs and cheese. Top with the remaining slice. Cook over medium-high heat for approximately 3 minutes or until browned. Flip and cook for another 2 minutes.

Breakfast #3: Chocolate Oatmeal

  • 1/3 cup whole grain oats (not instant)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (approximately 24 g protein)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup skim milk

In a microwaveable bowl, combine the oats, water and protein powder. Microwave on high for approximately 2 minutes or until oats are cooked. Stir in peanut butter and milk. Add sugar substitute to taste. Enjoy!

All these breakfasts take 15 minutes or less to cook, making breakfast easy for even the most time crunched morning person.

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