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)
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?


  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.

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

  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!

  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.

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

  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!

  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 :)

  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!!

  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. :-(

  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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