Hi, my name is Danielle and I'm new here. I recently decided to cook and eat more healthy in an attempt to change my family's lifestyle and lose weight. I am just stuck because I just can't come up with a good breakfast plan. I am a very picky eater, I don't like hot cereals or eggs. Obviously bacon, sausage, etc is out. So I have been eating bagels with low fat cream cheese every morning for breakfast. And its getting old lol. I was hoping to get some new ideas for a good, well rounded meal. Thanks.
05-22-2005, 05:59 PM
I eat an all bran cereal, weighed out, and skim milk. Yeah, I'm Ms. Excitement over here, alright. But that aside, it does work for me.
And welcome to the boards! Love seeing new members show up.
05-22-2005, 06:20 PM
I am on a total cottage cheese kick right now. cottage cheese and apples, CC and bananas, cc and starwberries, with rye cracker crumbled in it. i have been eating it every morning for the past month probably. its great, fills me up without making me feel too heavy. its already quite hot and humid here.
05-22-2005, 07:06 PM
*Bircher muesli (I just mix 1/2 cup rolled oats with 200gm tub of no-fat yoghurt with a little light milk, mix together and let stand overnight. By morning you have a delicious creamy breakfast. That serves 1 person)
*Wholemeal toast x 2 with vegemite (I'm an Aussie lol, it's my absolute favorite)
*Crumpets x 2 with jam (no butter)
*Fruit Salad with Yoghurt
*Cereal (usually Kelloggs Special K, Bodysmart or something else high in fibre...you can also mix Kelloggs bodysmart with yoghurt and stand or an hour or so for a delicious pudding like dessert and/or breakfast)
Thats about all I can think of off the top of my head that I usually eat for breaky. But the choices are pretty much endless. You could eat dinner for breakfast if you really wanted too, your stomach doesnt know what time it is lol.
05-23-2005, 02:46 AM
I like the Bircher muesli idea Livi. I have hot porridge with fresh berries every morning, been doing that since January, I think it could be time for a change.
I love vegemite, you can actually buy it over here in normal supermarkets, I was rather surprised when i moved to UK how easily obatinable it was. Unfortunately, in my local supermarket you can also buy Tim Tams (delicious chocolate biscuits - not healthy breakfast food!!!)
Wholewheat toast with cooked mushrooms is also a favourite of mine. Do you get baked beans in tins in the US?? That is one of my breakfast stand bys when i want something savoury rather than sweeet.
05-23-2005, 08:51 AM
Do you get baked beans in tins in the US?? That is one of my breakfast stand bys when i want something savoury rather than sweeet.
As famous as England is for eating baked beans, I was shocked at the small selection you have, vs. our baked beans in America. You have a baked bean section. We have a baked bean aisle :p Though in true American tradtition, they are all heavily sweetened and seasoned.
I've never eaten baked beans for breakfast, but I frequently eat vegetarian chili in the mornings. I make my own and freeze it in little one cup containers, which is easy to fix when I'm too tired or lazy to fix anything else, lol.
I also love a good smoothie. I don't follow a recipe, but throw fruit, yogurt, and milk in the blender.
I make apple bran muffins, and also freeze those, for a quick breakfast food, with fruit and milk.
05-23-2005, 09:06 AM
I often eat beans and brown rice or beans and corn tortillas or congee which is a Chinese porridge of brown rice and either fruits or vegetables -I eat the vegetables.
05-23-2005, 11:14 AM
First of all.. there's nothing saying you have to eat what we consider "breakfast foods" for breakfast. Instead of thinking about the things you dont like to eat, start thinking about the things you DO like to eat. There's nothing wrong with a half a sandwich as breakfast or a cup of soup. I like to make english muffin pizzas with lots of veggies and just a lil cheese. pizza for breakfast :)
Maybe instead of bagels, use something different like english muffins, homemade breads (I love pumpkin bread), make your own low-fat muffins (you can also buy these in the bakery dept of many grocery stores). My latest kick is mini-croissants. I found some that were 70cal each.. I heat it up and eat it with a banana in the morning. What about whole wheat frozen waffles with some berries. yum!
I love cold cereals so I usually have about 3 varieties in the house of that. I hate regular oatmeals and cream of wheat, etc.. but I WILL eat the apples and cinnamon oatmeal (they sell it in low sugar now too!) Another good breakfast I've been doing is a fruit smoothie made with lowfat/no fat yogurt and whatever fruits I have on hand. Sometimes I just make fruit and yogurt parfaits.
I'm often running out the door, I grab a baggie of cold cereal to snack on or a milk n cereal bar (I also love mixed berry nutrigrain bars) and a piece of fruit and/or a fruit cup like applesauce, mandarin oranges, etc.
Just remember.. its more important that you eat something healthy for breakfast than making sure it conforms to what most people think of as "breakfast food". I also tend to eat a lil something at 7-8 and another lil something at 10am instead of a big breakfast and then nothing til lunch.
05-25-2005, 10:55 PM
I eat 5 or 6 times a day, and I am not really a "breakfast person" per se. When I get up, I like to have a shake by EAS or Body for Life. They have a lot of protein, low fat and low sugar - and they taste good! They have some coffee ones that I really like, but I also like the vanilla and chocolate ones. I loathe Slimfast, but these drinks are really good.
A couple of hours later I have a cup of yogurt with some Kashi cereal in it, some fruit, a whole wheat bagel (sometimes with peanut butter and honey) or I will go with a great pasta fruit salad I found and I use whole wheat pasta.
I eat about every two hours and I am never hungry and the weight just falls off.
But sometimes I just want a steak! I don't believe in deprivation - it can kill motivation.
05-25-2005, 11:44 PM
Thanks everyone! I really like the idea of eating several smaller meals a day. I have been eating left overs from dinner for the last couple of days and I really enjoy it lol. I used to save them for lunch but I switched that out with some soup. Anyway I am going to try some EAS shakes and see if I like them. I used to do slim fast and just couldn't stand the taste (the powder, not the cans). But if I could do a shake in the morning when my dd is just getting up and everything is crazy it would save me some time :)
05-26-2005, 12:20 AM
My hours are really mixed up, so I usually wake up when everyone's having lunch or dinner since we eat at around 3PM. If I have the chance to cook my own food, I'll make oatmeal, cream of wheat, or toss some veggies together with brown rice. If I'm in a hurry I'll toast some wheat bread and grab some fruit, or get a granola bar.
05-26-2005, 10:16 AM
I love the EAS Advant Edge drinks. Like I said, the coffee ones are great.
05-26-2005, 12:59 PM
My breakfasts are all over the place. I'll have any of these, many with whole wheat toast: Cheerios (about the only cold cereal I eat), "real" oatmeal with walnuts and raisins, cottage cheese with fruit (I esp like it with raspberries and blueberries - a real patriotic dish :lol: ), an egg salad or pb sandwich, poached or scrambled egges, or leftovers. In high school I had soup nearly every morning. Anything that gets you going, preferably with some protein for staying power. :)
06-19-2005, 01:22 AM
I love Thomas's reduced calorie multi grain english muffins (1pt) with a bit of egg beaters (3pt) and one slice of 2% cheese(1pt) on it. egg beater pts are averaged since I do not use the full serving size. Sometimes when I want to splurge
i put Peanut butter and jeally on English Muffin :)
06-19-2005, 08:06 AM
I really really like fresh fruit in the morning, like melons and berries, or some kind of fruit salad I've made. I can't do it everyday (my dad and sister eat most of it!), but when I do it is really good. I usually eat yogurt, cereal or cereal bars.
gray eyed girl
06-19-2005, 12:17 PM
My usual breakfast is fat-free yogurt with 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon. It's yummy. I don't really eat meals most of the time, I just snack my way through the day. The yogurt is more of my first snack than a breakfast ;). If I'm feeling like I want more than that, I'll do instant oatmeal or add an apple or banana. I'm not crazy about oatmeal but it is more filling than yogurt. I always overeat if I have cereal - I'm used to having a HUGE bowl of cereal if I have it - and I haven't been able to successfuly break that huge serving habit so I don't eat cereal.
06-19-2005, 07:17 PM
Plain fat-free yogurt with fresh fruit and grape-nuts
Oatmeal with extra flax seed and blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Ezekiel cereal with skim milk
Frozen waffles with peanut butter
Cottage cheese mixed with unsweetened applesauce
Whole grain toast (Ezekiel sesame bread is my favorite) with peanut butter and sliced banana
Have a great week, everyone!
06-19-2005, 08:22 PM
Oatmeal cooked or OatBran cooked in the microwave with half water/half milk pinch of salt and 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Taste like a warm homemade peanut butter cookie and keeps you full at least until lunch.
06-20-2005, 02:09 PM
I cycle through 3 things as a rule: cheerios w/milk, few walnuts and fruit (if I have it); cooked oatmeal w/raisins and nuts; poached eggs. I eat a piece of whole wheat toast with these, sometimes with whipped cream cheese, sometimes Laughing Cow, and occasionally a light butter spread. On the weekends my DH sometimes wants pancakes, waffles or french toast. When he does I usually have 1 along with a Morningstar Farms breakfast patty. I need protein with my breakfast, or I'm snacking on anything I can find. I usually have a yogurt and/or fruit snack about 10.
06-29-2005, 08:01 AM
I like to eat...
~Special K W/berries
~WW bagelsW/FF cream cheese&tuna
~WW bagelsW/eggbeater,ff cheese,& Canadian Bacon
07-12-2005, 08:49 AM
*any type of veggie or soy sausage or patties (it tastes almost as good as the real thing and is usually low fat and low cal)
*yogurt with fruit
*english muffin with light laughing cow cheese
*frozen waffles with fruit
*smoothie with protein powder, (sometimes reduced fat peanut butter) milk and fruit
other than that I eat A LOT of eggbeaters, which I know you dont like, but they're SUCH a calorie bargain (30 cals per serving)
08-08-2005, 12:16 PM
My favorite is a piece of whole grain toast (lightly buttered... I'm working on natural foods without chemical additives) and a cup of fruit.
A couple times a week I make eggs for my family. Usually scrambled. So I will have one or two with fruit and skip the bread. I try to plan this on days when we are having more grains with our dinner. Like pasta day or something.
I am online right now looking for smoothie recipes. My husband has taken a big interest in that.
I also eat oatmeal once in a while. I find I love oatmeal in winter mainly. I'm a seasonal eater. I love to add walnuts. Or warm up some berries (I buy them frozen in the winter) and mix them in with a tad bit of sugar. So good! Not a huge love of oatmeal myself but this has helped me to add things in... sparingly tho!
A treat for me is a slice of raisin bread instead of whole wheat.
Ok, a real treat is about once every other month I make pancakes or french toast. We have to be sure we don't rule out all the things we love completely!!!!
08-09-2005, 11:25 PM
I make apple bran muffins, and also freeze those, for a quick breakfast food, with fruit and milk.
Hi Suzanne - Have you ever posted your bran muffin recipe? If not, may I have it? I love bran muffins but haven't come by a healthy (but edible) recipe yet.
08-10-2005, 08:23 AM
right now i am on a yogurt with chocolate protein powder kick. sometimes i throw in a few dried cranberries to liven it up. but fruit is good too. i've been loving watermelon balls recently. but i have those all day.
cheese style yogurt with pita bread is yummy too. or sometimes just good old fashioned pb&j with light bread or one slice of the regular hits the spot at breakfast time. i've noticed that is a good breakfast for me because it keeps me full for a long time and i am more likely to eat extra food earlier in the day.
08-10-2005, 10:55 PM
I also like the EAS Advant shakes. I am one of those who just does not like to eat in the mornings so drinking a shake gets some protien in me and fills me up without having to "eat".
While lving in Europe my neighbor pretty much ate beans and toast everyday(I just do not like baked beans). I made her come over to my place and try biscuits and gravy. She truely thought I was going to give her cookies and gravy!
08-14-2005, 10:28 AM
During the week, my breakfast is usually a scrambled egg and maybe a piece of toast from the company cafeteria, plus a v-8 from home. Weekends or when I have more time in the mornings, I like lowfat plain yogurt with blueberries (I keep them in my freezer), some high fiber cereal, honey and cinnamon. Today I added a slice of raisin toast as a treat.
08-14-2005, 10:29 PM
I like to have fruit or vegetables for breakfast when I can, but sometimes ya just gotta have somethin sweet like cereal. Yogurt is another great breakfast food, very healthy and delicious.
08-15-2005, 03:07 AM
I like the EAS carb control drinks as well. being in college gives me no time to eat. if i do have time i just have plain non fat yogurt with vanilla extract
Another great option is low-fat waffle (3 pts for 2). Toast it with some spray butter and tab a tblspoon of natural honey (2 pts). It fills you up and it almost fells like your cheating!! Another great idea is to srabble up some egg whites (3= 1 pt.) and lay it on the waffle, pour some sugar free or light syrup and you're set! It's like eggs in the basket without the fat! The combo of salt and sweet is great.
08-18-2005, 05:33 PM
I've recently added a lot of variety to my breakfast, so I'll just list my ideas below :) Add a cup of milk and some fruit on the side to each of those, unless it already has fruit.
- muffin, cup of milk, fresh fruit (usually a few strawberries)
- 2-egg omelet with vegetables (mushrooms, peppers and broccoli in any combination), milk
- a cup of blueberries with low fat yoghurt, sprinkled with a spoon of granola
- cold cereal with skim milk and some fruit on the side (I used to eat cereal every single day, and I like it too much to just stop, so I have it 1-2 times/week; once in a while I have my favourite cereal, but most of the time I eat Kashi or Vector)
- pumpernickel bread with cream cheese and green or red pepper
- toast with Brie cheese and strawberries (or with green or red peppers and pepper)
- 2 scrambled eggs (usually add lots of mild paprika, which adds a nice flavour)
- cottage cheese
08-18-2005, 06:57 PM
Try to make a batch of each of these and then freeze them to zap them in the microwave for a quick breakfast.
Breakfast Burritos made w/ ff egg scramblers, onions, bell peppers, low fat mozzerella cheese, & Oscar Mayer ready to serve Canadian Bacon. Cook and place on a 98% ff whole wheat tortilla.
English Muffin sandwiches made w/ whole wheat English Muffins, ff egg scramblers, Canadian Baon, and ff American Cheese.
Also love the easy muffins that you make w/ one step Angel Food cake mix and can of blueberry pie filling. (tried the crushed pineapples but didn't really care for them.... LOVE the blueberry ones!)
08-21-2005, 02:57 PM
Much to my surprise, I really like this one:
1 C. Dannon Lite & Healthy vanilla yogurt
1/4 C. granola
6 or 8 fresh strawberries, sliced
Combine all of the above for a delicious, filling Breakfast in a Bowl. I think it works out to 6 WW points.
Since I discovered this I'm going through about a big container of the yogurt a week. I usually have it every other day.
- yogurt ("light", nonfat, fruitflavored), fruit (mango today, melon yesterday), sometimes w/.5 cup of shredded wheat (for fiber!)
- 1 cup shredded wheat or Kashi GoLean cereal with milk (lowfat), fruit
- 1 cup veggies, 1 egg, 1 oz shredded cheddar cheese, "scrambled" and microwaved. (Sometimes I also have a piece of multigrain toast with this, no butter)
08-24-2005, 02:01 PM
I made the pumpkin spice muffins recipe that I found... (I think it was on this site). Anyway one package spice cake mix, one can pure pumpkin, 5 tbsp water. Just mix, pour into muffin tins, and bake @ 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until knife comes out clean when inserted. Delicious!! Added a tablespoon of cool whip free and it tasted like I was eating pumpkin pie for breakfast! I made a double batch and divided them into freezer bags and put in freezer - they freeze well and make for a quick snack or breakfast.
08-25-2005, 01:35 PM
Morningstar Farms breakfast sausages (vegetarian, buy in the frozen section) are high protein, very filling. I also make the Arrowhead Mills buckwheat pancake mix when I have time. Other thoughts: whole wheat toast with cottage cheese on it, oatmeal with any fruit or applesauce mixed in (I cook it with 1/2 skim milk to boost calcium and water), scrambled egg on a piece of toast with sliced tomato.
09-05-2005, 09:33 AM
mmmm, those pumpkin spice muffins sound delish!! I've only done those muffins with a chocolate cake mix, pumpkin filling and water. I love spice cake so I will change it up next time.
My ideas are most of what is listed already except for.......
2 ww's whole wheat toasted with a slice of Borden's sharp cheese. Squirt a little french's mustard on the hot toast (no buttery spread or anything) and add the cheese. The cheese starts to melt and its sooo good for 3 pts.
Of course.....2 ww's whole wheat toast, fat free miracle whip and sliced tomatoes. YUM YUM....love these!!!
fat free cottage cheese and 1 tablespoon of strawberry jam mixed in.
2 fat free Kelloggs waffles and 1Cup of frozen blueberries (nuked to a melting point where the fruit give off blueberry juice) Pour over the waffles and then there's no need for syrup as the blueberries are so juicy!!
2 ww's whole wheat toast, low fat peanut butter, strawberry jam and then add to the top....a sliced banana.
1 Cup oatmeal that you make on the stove with water, cinnamon and raisins. This is soooo filling.
I agree with others so far.....get over having a 'typical' breakfast with cereal.....anything goes as long as it is healthy and filling!!!
10-09-2005, 11:36 AM
What great ideas on here! And most of them are made with easily-obtained ingredients; that's cool.
I tend to go for long periods of time eating the same thing every day for breakfast (no-brainers are nice in the morning). The one that cycles in the most is kind of like "breakfast in a bowl" described above:
I mix a half-cup of fat-free plain yogurt with a half-cup of regular plain yogurt to get a 1% mix of yogurt (otherwise, 1% yogurt is hard to find and usually more expensive). Then I add a 15g-carb serving of cereal (Barbara's Grain Shop or Kashi is my favorite), 1T of chopped nuts, and a serving of whatever fruit is around. It's delicious, portable, and filling.
If you can't get over the plain-yogurt thing, add a sugar-free sweetener like Splenda or Sweet-n-Low. Although, if you can find it, the best sweetener I've found is one called Stevia ... it's all-natural and has a little fiber in it.
... today I had a few slices of whole-wheat baguettes topped with herbed/spiced gouda, broiled, with a few halved grape tomatoes on top ... a couple of figs, and some coffee with milk.