Tuesday, May 17, 2011

the most important meal of the day.

i am a nontraditional type of meal gal.

if there's leftover turkey burgers, for example, in the fridge, i think they make a most excellent breakfast. i often don't even heat them up (don't judge me!), finding leftover burgers almost better when they're cold. (i also think that way about pizza, but i think that's less rare than the burger thing.)  this morning, i ate leftover pasta.

in short, my best breakfasts often look like lunch or dinner or some hybrid variation inbetween.

sometimes i try to do the traditional breakfast route, eating cold cereal in carefully proportioned amounts, hoping that it sustains me.

it doesn't. for me, cold cereal is best eaten as a snack or as a dessert.

everything else seems like a terrible idea--why are so many breakfast foods so incredibly terrible for you? (don't ask me about my foray into donuts a week ago.  remember how i said one of my successes was not having eaten donuts in 2011? yeah, not so much anymore.)

so, here i am, asking for breakfast suggestions. now that i am ready to start reining in the calorie content and slowly, but surely, start chipping away at the extra weight, i want to start at the very beginning (it's a very good place to start!).  but, as the mother of a 6 week old baby, i don't really have the time or the 95 extra hands to cook eggs every morning (though i do find them delicious AND filling AND healthy), and i'm often lucky if i get the chance to eat before about 11. 

so i need ideas.  ideas that are a) relatively inexpensive and b) healthy options to start the day. if it can have a good proportion of carbs and protein, that would be awesome too.  and if it's doable for someone like me, that's even better.

what do you eat for breakfast? what do you find helps you make it, with energy and without wanting to gnaw on your own arm by 10am, to lunchtime?

help me, please!


  1. I totally get the cold cereal thing. I think I haven't purchased it in any variety in over a year. I often have oatmeal with a little brown sugar - you could also do honey or cinnamon. Lately I've been enjoying a green monster for breakfast. I also make some very tasty sweet potato muffins that I freeze and then I can just pop them in the microwave for a minute when the mood strikes me.

    Here's a link to that recipe,

    I double the recipe so I've got plenty in the freezer, and I use a regular size muffin tin. Plus I use applesauce instead of oil and I replace half the flour with whole wheat flour. You seriously can't tell a difference.

    Hope some of those ideas help!

  2. I am digging Greek yogurt with a 1/4 cup of granola. Sometimes I add 1/2 a banana in there. I eat it at 7 am, and it keep me going until I have lunch at 11:15...

  3. So, I know a blender might not be super do-able at the moment (although, having a baby who can sleep through a blender might be a good thing), but I swear by a berry smoothie with a little milk and a chobani greek yogurt (w/ fruit at the bottom). If you buy the berries in bulk, they're not that pricey and the chobani yogurt is chock-full of protein (I buy them in bulk, too, at Costco). You make it in under 90 seconds (no joke, just dump 1 cup of frozen berries, 3/4 cup of milk and a single-size chobani and hit 'blend') and I usually just make enough for two servings, saving the second for my mid-morning snack cravings.

  4. If you put liquid egg whites in tupperware with frozen chopped spinach you can microwave them for about 2 - 3 minutes so you CAN eat eggs!!

    I'm a big fan of 1/3 cup oats, 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 T almond butter microwaved with water, then putting about 1/3 cup blueberries in it. You could do any combination of fruits & protein flavors in with your oats.