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Your mom was right about breakfast: Tomato, Basil Scramble 
Feb. 15, 2011 10:23 am 
Updated: Mar. 21, 2011 9:41 pm

When your mom told you "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day," she wasn't far from the truth. For those of us trying to lose weight or live a healthier lifestyle, breakfast is a must. And no, coffee doesn't count!

Why is breakfast so important?

  • Study after study has shown that the majority of people who have lost weight and kept it off eat breakfast.
  • Eating early in the day prevents "starvation eating" later. In other words, it helps you say no to the cream-filled doughnuts your office-mate brought in and from over-doing it at lunch.
  • Finally, it gives you the energy you need to get your day started.

But not all breakfasts are created equal. Try to include:

  • High fiber grains, avoid that white toast
  • Lean protein such as eggs or Greek yogurt
  • Include fruits and vegetables

For this dish, I used a combination of eggs and egg substitute. You could just as easily use egg whites. But instead of just scrambled eggs, I tossed in some diced tomato, upped the flavor with some dry basil and finished it off with naturally low-fat Parmesan cheese. I used canned tomatoes because flavorful fresh tomatoes are impossible to find this time of year. When fresh is available, try sauteeing a cup of cherry tomatoes, set them aside and then add them to eggs. Yum. I served them with some turkey breakfast sausage and whole wheat English muffins.

This dish is quick, easy, delicious and only 219 calories with 15 grams of fat, 2 grams of carbohydrate, 0 grams fiber and 16 grams of protein.

Let's eat!

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Feb. 15, 2011 5:10 pm
YUM! That sounds de~Lish!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb. 15, 2011 8:47 pm
Sounds like this recipe...

LOL- It's mine. I created it because I wanted a high protein flavor packed breakfast. I use one egg and water- the added basil idea was all yours...
Feb. 16, 2011 10:26 am
Thanks all! Frack, I guess great minds do think alike. :-)
Feb. 16, 2011 1:24 pm
So glad you included the concept of quality carb/fiber along with the lean protein. We all know that protein makes us feel fuller longer so many use that as an excuse to load up on bacon and sausage. Lean breakfast proteins are so much better for you. The fiber is something most of us need more of so a serving of oatmeal along side your delish dish would be perfect.
Feb. 16, 2011 4:18 pm
I think breakfast is what we will have tonight but I do agree with you. Eating breakfast is so important and a healthful one sets the tone for the rest of the day don't you think :) Did you know you can grow fresh basil year round? You're in about the same zone as me!
Feb. 17, 2011 4:16 pm
Cat Hill, can you explain how to grow basil year-round?Mine dies in the ground every winter and I've never had any luck with bringing pots into the house for the winter.
Mar. 13, 2011 5:35 pm
Listen, Fighting the Fat foodie, you are my absolute role model. I cherrish every word you write because it gives me hope that all Americans will change and do something as great as you do /are doing. I believe everyone deserves a seconed chance. So if they screw up and get really overwight, I hope you'll be there to cheer them on as they fight through the battle of obesity. Sincerely, hobo on your street
Mar. 14, 2011 6:24 am
My husband is trying to find healthier diet recipes and you have SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many delicious ones--thank you for sharing! Also, I have seen Greek yogurt mentioned here and don't know the difference between Greek and others. RSVP--thanks again!
Mar. 21, 2011 9:41 pm
Thanks all. Hobo, my current post covers that very issue. Joy, Greek yogurt is more dense and higher in protein.
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