A Great Start
“I don't think he knows about second breakfast, Pip.” – Merry (who knew that no day was complete without First and Second Breakfast)
For many of us, a work day breakfast is a rush around fix it fast meal that succeeds only if the pantry and fridge are well stocked. It helps me to have a basic series of go-to ideas that can be changed a little each day to keep the breakfast interesting. Excellent tweaks may be nothing more than adding almond butter and a pinch of brown sugar to my oatmeal instead of the usual dried fruit and honey. A leisurely weekend morning spent deciding what to make for breakfast is, by contrast, a thing of joy. When else can you take the time to serve up a couple over easy eggs nestled atop a humongous bed of sauteed turmeric seasoned spinach and caramelized onions, with a side of toasted whole wheat English muffin topped with… ok, now I’m hungry.
In an effort to lower calories and lose weight, some will dramatically reduce breakfast calories or skip the meal entirely. According to the Mayo Clinic researchers, neither is a good idea because a healthy breakfast is your ally in controlling weight. Yes, eating well chosen healthy calories is good for weight control. The article explains why quite well, so give it a read.
I find eating the same thing every day convenient, but rather boring. Just how much toast, cereal, and egg whites can one person consume without driving your taste buds a bit batty? Ok, some of you quite like knowing what you will eat every single morning. My husband is like that and resists all change. The rest of us need to develop a varied repertoire of simple possibilities to keep this work day meal fun, fast, enjoyable, and on target for calories. One favorite breakfast tweak lets me enjoy my favorite steel cut oats, usually a weekend treat, on a work morning. Simply mix the oats and liquid in a container, place it in the fridge the night before, and enjoy fast cooking steel cut oats in the morning. It also helps to find a few new recipes for those lovely cookery days. Enjoy.
Crazypotato98’s Nopales Con Huevo Y Salchicha Polaka is a fantastic use of a vegetable that may be quite new to you - cactus.
Make Meganr’s Breakfast Thingies on the weekend, then warm one up in the microwave for an "instant" breakfast that is so much better for you than that highly sugared baked good at the coffee shop.
If you give a calorie counter a muffin, it should be Laura’s Blueberry Banana Muffin. Make them fresh on the weekend or make the night before and warm them in the microwave for breakfast.
This Egg Veggie Mountain is a wonderful healthy weekend breakfast, packed with enough spinach to make Popeye happy.
How about a quick and easy Breakfast Burrito? This excellent idea came from Calorie Count’s recipe search bar.
Try Vegetarian Times Tofu Ranchero, for a great breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Vegetarian Times and the awesome nutrition of their Mojito Fruit and Yogurt Plate boosts your brain power and stays with you all morning.
What is your favorite fast to fix breakfast? What is your favorite no rush breakfast? How did you tweak your breakfasts to meet your caloric goals? Do you like your breakfast savory or sweet? Do you eat like a Hobbit and split your breakfast into two meals? Share your favorite rib sticking calorie counting breakfast! If you want your recipe to be considered for the CC Palate, pm it to me here.