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boaterswife
03-21-2007, 11:09 AM
Does anyone out there do a healthy breakfast that includes syrup? I eat oatmeal just about every day, and love it, don't mind it at all. Here's the glitch....DD likes chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, and a couple days a week I'll make them for her (she only eats like 3 of the itty bitty dollar sized cakes) and I've learned how to make just enough for her, no extras. No problem! Last night, however, DS came home from the store with a box of Eggo waffles. I toasted two of them up for him for breakfast this morning, and now that's all I've been thinking of for the last 4 hours! EEEK! We've always done the lite syrup, but I still can't convince myself that it would be ok for me to have some. Do you do any breakfasts that you consider healthy that include syrup? 2 eggo waffles with lite syrup would be 5 WW points, so not totally out of the ballpark, and I'm sure the lowfat ones would be a little less, but my brain keeps screaming NOOOOOOOO! So, help me if you have any advice!


Casey4
03-21-2007, 11:16 AM
:D Seriously, it probably wouldn't be the worst choice but it is not the best either. Both the waffles and syrup are heavily processed and it is not the best fuel for your body. It won't satisfy you like oatmeal or protein. I handle these types of things by telling myself that these are a treat for the kids but they are not in my plan. I know they would be a "gateway" to worse choices so I say stay away. Come on you can do it!:hug:
Kathy

canadian mom
03-21-2007, 11:23 AM
I make homemade pancakes with whole wheat flour , skim milk.brown sugar and eggs(coul probably use egg beaters) 1 comes in at about 86 cals. I eat 2 with 1/4 cup with lite syrup


SavingServo
03-21-2007, 11:26 AM
I myself had waffles this mornings. The kashi one's aren't that bad for you (160 calories for 2, but one is usually enough for me) and real maple syrup (200 calories for 1/4 a cup, but a little bit goes a *long* way).
While it may not be the greatest choice, it's a nice change every once and while.
And the way I figure it, if I'm really going to live this change I'm going to eat a waffle every once and a while and that's okay.
The way I figure it, while my breakfast this morning was 370 calories that keeps me from bingeing later when my cravings might get the better of me and throw my whole day off track.

Mrs Quadcrew
03-21-2007, 11:32 AM
I am with Casey on this one. IF I eat something sweet like that, it opens the door for more.

royalsfan1
03-21-2007, 12:05 PM
How about making a piece of french toast with whole grain bread, egg white, cinnamon and vanilla. Then you'll only need the tiniest amount of syrup because you won't want to drown out the cinnamon and vanilla. You'll have a little bit of protein from the egg. And you'll get to satisfy the syrup need. Don't know if it works for you but if I had the "hankerin" that you have, that's the option I would take.

kykaree
03-21-2007, 12:27 PM
I use a bit of syrup or honey on my oatmeal occasionally. I find the opposite from some of you, if i have a bit of sugar, it sates my appetite for anymore, but if I avoid it entirely, then I end up having a binge session.

If you do decide to have syrup, measure measure measure!

SexyRevealed
03-21-2007, 12:34 PM
I myself had waffles this mornings. The kashi one's aren't that bad for you (160 calories for 2, but one is usually enough for me) and real maple syrup (200 calories for 1/4 a cup, but a little bit goes a *long* way).
While it may not be the greatest choice, it's a nice change every once and while.
And the way I figure it, if I'm really going to live this change I'm going to eat a waffle every once and a while and that's okay.
The way I figure it, while my breakfast this morning was 370 calories that keeps me from bingeing later when my cravings might get the better of me and throw my whole day off track.

That's exactly how I feel. I cannot ever NOT have another waffle (or anything else that I like) for the rest of my life. It would eventually frustrate me and lead me back to where I started.

If you can handle a "not so wise" choice every now and then, I say go for it. If you think one waffle breakfast will lead to a month of waffle breakfasts and everything else that's bad, I wouldn't do it.

I would add some type of protein to your waffle breakfast though (egg whites maybe?), to minimize the impact of the processed carbs.

suzie76
03-21-2007, 12:56 PM
I have no sense of portion control with syrup...drown those pancakes, french toast or whatever, so I only eat them once a very long while. Sad thing is, whenver I do eat that type of breakfast, I'm hungry an hour later. I need protein in the morning, not a bunch of sugar.

Sherry

Mrs Quadcrew
03-21-2007, 02:03 PM
Same here Suz - I do much better leaving it alone. One thing I do love though is whole wheat pancakes with natural peanut butter - then roll it up! I get a pancake AND some protein!:D

penor
03-21-2007, 02:10 PM
I'm a french toasty here too. WW whole wheat breat dipped in egg beaters with cinnamon and vanilla. I bought the sugar free syurp. I don't have it often but when I do want it it's nice to knowI can have it healthier. And it's really good too.(lol)

nelie
03-21-2007, 02:11 PM
Maybe I'm the lucky one in that I don't like syrup. I do like waffles, pancakes and french toast though. DH took me out to eat pancakes the other day. I ordered buckwheat pancakes, ate half my order, no syrup.

Eggo waffles definitely aren't the top choice so I'm not sure what advice I'd give to you.

Yesterday, I made pumpkin/cottage cheese/oatmeal pancakes. They are pretty good. I actually got tired of cooking them on the stove so I put the rest of the batter in a cast iron skillet and cooked them in the oven.

It is a simple recipe for cottage cheese pancakes.

2-3 eggs (or equivalent egg whites)
1 cup of cottage cheese (I use 1%)
1 cup of oatmeal (rolled oats)
1 tsp of vanilla
dash of cinnamon

Put the ingredients in the blender in the order they appear, blend it up, cook it up and eat.

You can add various things to make it a bit different. Blueberries, Banana, Pumpkin puree, etc

If you have a waffle maker, you can also use it to make waffles although I've never tried it.

NotTheCheat
03-21-2007, 02:15 PM
I will put in a vote for the Kashi waffles. They have a decent amount of protein and fiber. However, I do have to stay away from the syrup. I tried one of the sugar free ones and didn't like it much. Instead I top it with some fruit, and if I am feeling really decadent, just a bit of ff whipped cream.

Sheila53
03-21-2007, 03:45 PM
While I don't eat waffles, I do eat "fried" polenta with 1/2 Tbl. of real maple syrup. I always measure the syrup. The polenta accompanies scrambled eggs (1 egg + 2 egg whites). I eat some protein at every meal.

jtammy
03-21-2007, 03:57 PM
I use a recipe similar to Nelie's. I got it from Ilene on this board.

1/3 c. lowfat cottage cheese
1/3 c. egg whites
1/3 c. oatmeal
dash of splenda
dash of vanilla

Blend it together. Cook like any other pancakes. It makes 3 pancakes with only 190 calories. Simmer sugar free syrup with some berries to top it with. It's wonderful, I like it much better than regular pancakes now and I loved them too. I like the sugar free syrup better this way than by itself. 22 grams of very low fat protein and it keeps me full for a long time.

suzie76
03-21-2007, 03:58 PM
Nelie,

I love pumpkin-how much pumpkin do you use, and what type (canned whole pumpkin, etc?)

Aunt Jemima's whole wheat pancake mix is good-even my seven year old son likes it-and oddly he hated the chocolate chip pancake mix we thought he' d love. Even I thought it was too sweet, and I have a major sweet tooth.

Sherry

lizziness
03-21-2007, 11:55 PM
i like the healthier waffle options. kashi is good, there's another brand in a green package can't remember what it's called but it's whole grains and very tasty. Maybe throw a little natural peanut or almond butter on there for protein.
I have been opting for not "dieting" but making better choices, and it's slower for weight loss but it's actually working for me better than anything else ever has. If you can do it without throwing yourself totally out of whack, I don't see why not.

I like the idea of a little bit of the syrup in the oatmeal or doing french toast to get the protein in. if it's the maple flavor you want...i've seen maple flavored yogurt in the store too, maybe mixing that with some fruit or just on top of one of those healthier waffles would be good.

crazynette826
03-22-2007, 06:00 AM
I have Cary's Sugar Free syrup. It's not too bad. I like it. It's 30 kcals for 1/4 cup. So if you use less than that it's 0 pts, if you use more it's 1 pt. Much better than 4-6 pts. for regular syrup. It's not exactly the same, but it helps with the cravings without blowing all your pts!

CyberGypsy
03-22-2007, 10:27 AM
My thing is IF you have something sweet, your craving will overtake you.... be strong...or forget all sweets :)

RitzyFritz
03-22-2007, 10:50 AM
What I do to avoid the syrup (I'm trying to get rid of the artificial sweeteners) is either try honey or agave nectar. They are both right around 60 calories per tablespoon and are at least a natural choice. You could also mash some strawberries and mix with 1 tsp of honey. I really liked using the "fruit only" spreads before going to the "no artificial sweetners" lifestyle, but the mashed strawberries mixed with a little honey or Stevia is a close option.

nelie
03-22-2007, 10:58 AM
Suzie - This time I actually put equal amounts of pumpkin with everything else. So 1 cup of cottage cheese, 1 cup of pumpkin, 1 cup of oatmeal. You can use less though. Also it is pumpkin puree that you buy canned in the store. Make sure it isn't pumpkin pie filling, I believe that has sugar in it. This should just be pureed pumpkin in a can.

Berridrops
03-22-2007, 02:29 PM
I eat whole grain waffles and whole grain french toasts with SF syrup which for a 1/4 cup is only 35 calories.

Sandi
03-22-2007, 10:29 PM
If you try the healthy pancakes, make sure you blend them in a blender and not just mix them up.

boaterswife
03-23-2007, 01:38 AM
Oh my gosh, thank you for all the input! It's been crazy here, and this is the first time I've made it back to the computer since I posted this yesterday. I survived the craving and stayed away from it, go me! Prior to the lifestyle changes I didn't do much syrup, just the low fat version once in awhile...maybe once or twice a month? Anyway, it must have been those darned toaster waffles that just smelled so good! Typically if we have anything like that I make them from scratch, but I guess DS got the taste for waffles and I hadn't made any in a LONG time!

The french toast sounds like a winner next time I'm about to squirt the bottle of syrup in my mouth! I really hadn't thought of it, but the egg white/vanilla/skim milk mixture is what I've always used, and only just a hint of syrup with it, we just haven't had that in about 7 months either!

OK, as I'm analyzing my behavior yesterday, I think I've decided that the reason this all overwhelmed me was that this is the first real gotta have it craving I've had since I started the weight loss journey. Totally uncharted territory for me, but I made it through and that tells me I'm doing something right!

Mrs Quadcrew
03-23-2007, 10:03 AM
GREAT JOB Kelly!! You handled it like a true champ! (no wonder you've already lost 70 pounds!)

boaterswife
03-23-2007, 10:11 AM
Thanks, Mrs. Quad! The weight loss has slowed a bit this last 6 weeks, and I think I needed this triumph to jolt me back in to the "yes I can" attitude!

royalsfan1
03-23-2007, 11:30 AM
Way to go, Kelly! I'm proud of you! I'll think of you next time I'm craving something in a big way!