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Celebrating Eating Healthy at Breakfast 
Jul. 10, 2012 4:16 am 
Updated: Aug. 20, 2012 12:32 pm

Breakfast is the one meal so many people skip. When you're trying to lose weight, it is imperative that you eat breakfast to get your metabolism going and to avoid overeating later on.  Studies also indicate that breakfast gets your brain going and you are more productive. I have found quite a few lower point meals that I enjoy eating in the morning (and sometimes for lunch too).

Sweet Cottage Cheese and Bananas (4 PP)

Mexican Chocolate Porridge (a personal recipe by Sarah-May - 3.5 PP using skim milk, Splenda, and omitting the nuts)

Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal (5 PP)

Fresh Tomato Parmesan Scramble (3 PP) - Such a great base recipe to add to as you like. I added sauteed onions and mushrooms.

Groovy Green Smoothie (2 PP) - You can afford to add protein powder if you choose; 2 servings will get in your fruits and veggies for the entire day!

Breakfast Grits (6 PP) - Can you be Southern and not like cheese grits?!! I omit the butter when I add cheese to grits.

French Toast I (4.5 PP) I used 2 slices Sara Lee 45 Calories and Delightful Wheat Bread and skim milk and topped it with 1/2 cup warmed, unsweetened applesauce and cinnamon.

Whatever made me think I could join Weight Watchers and go to the meetings this summer with any regularity? My husband was off work this last week and we took a couple of days to go on a short trip out of town. This week I will be at my daughter's keeping the four grands while they take a 4-day anniversary trip, and next week I will be keeping my other 2 grands for my daughter-in-law to take advantage of a wonderful free beach trip. So, I am keeping in mind that eating healthy, being active every day, and watching portion control will eventually lead me to my goal weight, even if I can't weigh in at a specific meeting time and place. 

So tell me, what AR recipes have you found that are great for breakfast? Or do you have something super simple to throw together to get you going and out the door?

Jul. 10, 2012 4:29 am
Hi, favourite healthy breakfast ---- Porridge oats, water with a touch of salt. When ready, pour in some semi skimmed milk and a touch more salt. Scottish perfection. cheers.
Jul. 10, 2012 4:30 am
Great suggestions, Paula! I love steel cut oats, but hate the time it takes to make them. I have begun making a big pot once a week. I have a bowl that morning, sweetened with natural applesauce, with cinnamon and pecans added. Then I portion out the rest into freezer bags and freeze. When I want to have it again, it's only 3 minutes in the microwave on busy mornings! I can alter it with berries or dried fruit instead of pecans.
Jul. 10, 2012 5:12 am
Oatmeal for me too! I use the "old fashioned" kind and MW with just enough water to cover for a minute. Then add flaxmeal, cinnamon, craisins and walnuts or almonds. Mix it up and add some skim milk or soy milk. Keeps me full all morning. This is AFTER I do my Morning Stretch DVD.
Jul. 10, 2012 5:38 am
Breakfast is a deal breaker for me for the rest of the day. I really need to make sure I eat a healthy one or else the rest of the day goes awry. I like a little variety of chewing, so I will go from a few bites of cottage cheese to half a healthy-type muffin. Or I will have a little Greek yogurt with cereal and blueberries in it. Or maybe just a little bowl of oatmeal with some kind of fruit in it. It's my hardest meal to find something satisfying.
Jul. 10, 2012 6:07 am
I usually do my decaf coffee, an apple, and...a bit of dark chocolate! What can I say, I'm an addict! Sometimes I'll also eat a bit of cheese or almonds. Unconventional, but I believe foods with fat and protein are more satieting (and also keep you full longer) than low fat stuff...
Jul. 10, 2012 6:11 am
I have a container of cooked barley in my fridge at all times. If I need to chew something at breakfast I will mix a bit in with greek yogurt, blueberries, vanilla and cinnamon. Cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugars so I try to incorporate it into one of my meals during the day. I most often have a protein drink as with not eating meat I feel it gives me a good start on my daily needs.
Jul. 10, 2012 6:41 am
My breakfast routine changes with the seasons. Fall/Winter it is greek no fat yogurt with frozen fruits and homemade granola. Spring/Summer it can be anything, like this morning kale, carrot and zucchini chips. the only thing that is consistent is my cold brewed coffee with non fat powdered milk.
Jul. 10, 2012 7:08 am
Hello, Paula! Breakfast is usually a light meal for me. I am not very hungry at breakfast time. I usually have one of the following: smoothies, greek yogurt with cinnamon and fruit, low fat yogurt with fruit, or eggbeaters with veggies. In the winter, I will occasionally eat oatmeal.
Jul. 10, 2012 7:25 am
A Nice, And Large Everything Bagel, With Butter Please With A Vanilla Cappuccino.
Jul. 10, 2012 8:30 am
I love breakfast and switch it up often.Lately I have been having oatmeal made with lots of bluberries, unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a drop of almond and vanilla extract. I keep a bag of freeze dried blueberries on hand for when they are not available fresh. Another recent favorite is carrot cake oatmeal with grated carrots,a jar of carrot baby food, raisins, cinnamon, walnuts, and a Laughing Cow cinnamon cream cheese wedge melted on top. On Sunday I treat myself to an extra fluffy spinach, artichoke and feta omelet made with one whole egg and 2 beaten stiff whites. All of these are only 5 to 8 WWPP.
Jul. 10, 2012 9:46 am
Paula - I "rejoined" WW at about the same time as you did. I've been making a HALF recipe of the Baked Oatmeal II recipe from this site, baking it in a 8 x 8 glass pan, and then I cut it into 6 servings. I only use 1/4 cup of brown sugar, and sub 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce for the butter. It comes out to 4-PP per serving. I keep it in the frig, and then just reheat it for 1 min in the microwave, add another 1/2 cup FF milk (1-PP) and some fresh fruit on top (0-PP) (peach this week). Along with my two cups of coffee with sugar free Coffee Mate, this is a 6-PP breakfast, which I usually eat at 9:00 a.m. It keeps me full until 1:00 p.m., when I have my lunch. I make it almost every week. I just love it!
Jul. 10, 2012 11:48 am
Hi Paula - I am very intrigued by Sarah-May's Mexican Chocolate Porrige recipe. I'm not an oatmeal fan, but I may just have to give that a try!! There is a Blueberry Corn Muffin recipe by the Makers of Splenda on this site. They are really good and as written, I figured them to be about 3 WW Points. There are additional ways you can make them healthier, too! Thanks again for posting these blogs. They always inspire me! :)
Jul. 10, 2012 12:27 pm
I love the Very Berry Burrito for breakfast-very quick if you've already prepped your fruit. Parfaits are nice on hot summer mornings (or evenings). Yogurt with fruit or cottage cheese with fruit, also. Peanut butter sandwiches with fruit, or white cheese sandwiches, or peanut butter sandwiches on raisin bread are good. A smoothie or Instant Breakfast be make a quick breakfast if it needs to be portable. During the winter, oatmeal with or without fruit is a favorite.
Jul. 10, 2012 5:04 pm
My job is physical and I'm pregnant too, so I need a good breakfast with lots of protein. I usually have about a cup of nonfat greek yogurt topped with maybe a cup of fresh berries, a drizzle of honey and a big handful of granola on top. It keeps me going all morning. If I have a day off I have an egg sandwich with a little low fat cheese on wheat toast. (no butter) Protein is a must though.
Jul. 10, 2012 5:21 pm
On weekdays, I have a muffin and a smoothie. Weekends, usually french toast or pancakes with cottage cheese and fruit; I make the muffins and freeze them for a quick weekday breakfast.
Jul. 10, 2012 8:52 pm
Thanks, Everyone, for all your responses. I had no idea so many people eat oatmeal! And it's good to know I can fix a big pot of it and then rewarm it throughout the week. Elle, I would love to have that Very Berry Burrito recipe. I can't find it on AR, so I am assuming it's from another site?
Jul. 11, 2012 8:01 am
Maybe Elle meant this recipe>>http://allrecipes.com/recipe/very-berry-delicious-burrito/detail.aspx
Jul. 11, 2012 9:21 am
You're doing a great job, Paula! I try to always eat breakfast. I love steel cut oats cooked in light coconut milk with dried fruit (cherries are a fave), and in the summertime, it's either greek yogurt with homemade granola or my "pie for breakfast" smoothie (personal recipe). Any of these keep me full and satisfied until lunch. Enjoy your blogs!
Jul. 11, 2012 2:28 pm
Thanks, Lela. I did a search, but that one didn't show up.
Jul. 11, 2012 2:32 pm
Thanks, wisweetp, for your suggestions. I went through your recipe box to find the Pie for Breakfast Shake :) - - - http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/63210981/pie-for-breakfast-shake/detail.aspx
Jul. 12, 2012 10:09 am
Fast for rnning late is a container of peeled hard boiled eggs in the frig. I usually do six at a time and only eat the white with an apple or banana. Healthy and filling and quick!
Jul. 12, 2012 2:36 pm
My current favorite breakfast (I'm on WW too) is 1 triangle of Laughing Cow cheese (usually Chipotle Queso or Tomato Basil)on toasted english muffin topped with ham or turkey lunchmeat and a slice of tomato with fresh cracked, black pepper. A cup of coffee and some fruit and I have a healthy, fairly low point breakfast that gives me energy and tastes absolutely delicious!!
Jul. 13, 2012 6:22 am
Love your breakfast, Billylynn!
Jul. 13, 2012 6:57 pm
This is one of absolute favorite food topics...where else but AR to share such an enthusiasm? Thanks Paula. I will check out everyone. Have you tried steel cut oats with different toppings? I often have raisins/walnuts. I looove my Grapefruit smoothie made with a Vitamix. Yum!
Jul. 15, 2012 6:20 am
I am on WW too(wk 14), I normally do fruit n yogurt but I have been on an egg kick lately. I like too scramble an egg and then when almost done , crumble a wedge of laughing cow cheese and heat until creamy. If I am really hungry I slice up zucchini and red peppers and saute in cooking spray before adding the egg. My husband loves this one too.
Jul. 15, 2012 6:21 am
Thanks for the blog Paula! It really helps to know others are trying ti eat smarter too!
Jul. 15, 2012 8:20 am
Hi Paula, I know I have difficulties trying to vary my breakfasts; something delish and healthy...here are some recipes from Dr. Oz: Breakfast Single-serve reduced-fat plain Greek yogurt (150 calories) Delicious! Raspberries (21 calories) 15 almonds (90 calories) 1 tsp honey (about 20 calories) Breakfast 2 frozen organic waffles (200 calories) 1 tbsp maple syrup (50 calories) 1/2 cup blueberries (42 calories) The recipes below are from Dr. Oz's cleansing breakfast and lunch. Ingredients (Makes 1 Serving) 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed 1 cup water 1 pinch nutmeg 1 tsp grated ginger 1 tbsp flax seed oil 1/3 cup chopped prunes 1/4 cup rice milk Directions In a small pot, stir 1/2 cup quinoa, a pinch of nutmeg and 1 tsp of grated ginger into a cup of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pot and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the prunes and rice milk. Cover again and cook another 5 minutes. Before serving, stir in 1 tbsp of flax seed oil. Ingredients (Makes 1 Serving) 1/2 cup almond or hemp milk (plain/unsweetened) 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia 1/4 cup frozen blueberries 1/4 banana 1/2 cup ice Directions Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
Jul. 16, 2012 11:44 am
My current breakfast obsession is 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt with 1/2 cup frozen blackberries mixed in. If I'm feeling frisky, sometimes I sweeten the yogurt with stevia and add cinnamon.
Aug. 20, 2012 12:32 pm
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