Thursday, January 7, 2010

Breakfast 101 - Simple Cereal Plus A MUFA



I swear that no matter what I eat for breakfast I am always ravenous by noon time. Actually, I'm usually ravenous by 10:30 am but I force myself to wait until a respectable lunch hour. I have always attributed my hunger to having taken a brisk walk with Holly Bear, plus multiple trips up and down the stairs carting laundry baskets, groceries, books, perhaps even a trip to the market (where all sorts of temptations call my name). Normal, everyday activities for most of us.

I have finally discovered the perfect mix of foods that keeps me satisfied up to and beyond the 12:00 high noon mark with the bonus of added energy - no caffeine required.

In the following weeks I'm going to explore more breakfast options just in case any of you are not the creature of habit that I am. And who knows, there could be a world wide shortage of corn flakes so it always pays to have a substitution, right? I mean if it could happen to EGGO waffles, it could happen to anyone....

Right now, my breakfast consists of:

1 cup cereal (corn flakes or rice krispies)
OR 1 serving cream of wheat (made with water)
AND
1 cup lactose free, skim milk
1/2 cup crushed pineapple in juice or 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce or 2 TBL raisins
1/4 cup raw or toasted, unsalted sunflower seeds (that's the MUFA)

I KNOW! It sounds crazy, doesn't it? But I'm telling you, it works. In fact, I'm hard pressed to eat all of this so I usually save about 1/2 the seeds for midmorning; not because I'm hungry, but because they are the morning MUFA.

What gets you up, energized and satisfied in the morning?


12 comments:

  1. I am so a creature of habit. The only thing that seems to break me out of a habit is running out of food and not having time to go to the grocery store - (Click on my blog for explanation).

    I'm trying to cut out the carbs right now. Its forcing me and Hubby to eat more veggies, nuts and lean meats. Today was a hardboiled egg for b-fast with a little hot sauces. That ususally keeps me full all morning.

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  2. I'm lucky if I eat anything before 2pm. Seriously...

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  3. My best days start with steel-cut oatmeal. It's so nutritious (you can add a little yogurt and almonds along with cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and raisins). The grandkids love it, too. And our daughter ate it for dinner one night last week!

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  4. That actually sounds GOOD! And nutritionally BRILLIANT! I bet it would work really well with steel-cut oats as well. Those are on my cleanse menu for tomorrow. I am looking forward to it OMG.

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  5. I agree with the steel cut oatmeal. It is so good!

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  6. Lately I've been eating a slice of melon and a bowl of chex with a teaspoon of flax powder in the milk... Sometimes I just have whole wheat toast with almond/peanut butter on top.

    We have these raw sunflower seeds we haven't eaten. I'll have to try some for breakfast!

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  7. Recently I've been having an egg, and then a 3/4 cup serving of steel cut oats either with fresh fruit and Splenda or cooked with Craisins, orange zest, vanilla, cinnamon and some Splenda/brown sugar mix. The latter is rather muffin-like in its sweetness, but it's sure fun on the weekends :)

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  8. I need me some of that breakfast...I am waving the recipe at Mec in the hope that it will magically appear in front of me in a few moments...I think I have more chance of Max making it!!

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  9. I noticed that when I have seeds or nuts in small amounts throughout the day, I'm less hungry. My problem is I like things like french toast, breakfast sandwiches or waffles from my new waffle iron, and not seeds for breakfast. :-(

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  10. All - Your breakfast options sound delicious - except for YAYA - you need to eat girl! LOL
    Steel Cut Oatmeal is one of the options on the MUFA diet - I just have never been a lover of oatmeal.. I wish I was! Next week I will be exploring other breakfast options and recipes that include a MUFA including eggs, sandwiches, wraps, muffins AND waffles!

    ps. Eternally Distracted - MAX is already on the MUFA kick what with all those seeds - time to join him.

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