Eating breakfast everyday is a super important habit to make part of your healthy lifestyle. I have two favorite breakfasts. The first is a bowl of hot oatmeal. Every time I make oatmeal it is a little different. I like to change the type of milk I use, try various sweeteners, mix in a wide variety of fruit, and season with different spices.
My current favorite preparation for oatmeal is:
- ½ cup of rolled oats
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup water
- ½ an apple diced
- a few raisins
- a drizzle of maple syrup
- a liberal sprinkle of cinnamon
- a pinch of salt
- a small spoonful of almond butter
I put everything in a sauce pan except the almond butter then bring it to a boil over high heat. Stir frequently. When has boiled for a minute or two I reduce the heat to low and simmer for another couple of minutes. Then I stir in the almond butter put the lid on the pan and remove it from the heat to sit a few minutes longer. What I get is a heaping serving of creamy oats and apples with little extras to make it sweet and nutty. Yum!
On days I am in the mood for a cold breakfast, or perhaps have a little less time, my other favorite breakfast is a serving of whole grain cereal over a scoop of yogurt topped with sliced fruit. For this breakfast I like to pick a cereal with a lot of little bits to mix in the yogurt and give it a hearty texture. When choosing cereal I look carefully at the label. My top picks have a serving size around 50 - 55 grams, 170 - 210 calories, 1 - 3.5 grams of fat per serving, 5 or more grams of both protein and fiber, and are lower in sugar. One of my biggest pet peeves on the cereal isle are all the boxes showing off their "healthy" numbers based on a 30 gram serving size. In my mind those cereals are double the advertised price because our family would eat twice as much.
The common thread between my two favorite breakfasts is a ton of fiber and decent amount of protein. My mornings get busy and I don't want to take the time to eat breakfast only to feel hungry an hour or two later. Starting the day with fiber usually leaves me feeling satisfied for several hours. A high fiber breakfast has the carbohydrates to kick start my energy while I tackle errands, exercise, projects, or playtime. (Fiber is also really good for keeping things moving, you know, digestively speaking.) The protein in these breakfasts keeps my energy going so I don't crash halfway through the morning. Early in my weight loss I traded a doughnut in the car on the way to work for these more balanced breakfasts and it has made a tremendous difference in the way I feel. It has also been a huge help throughout my weight loss and now weight maintenance.
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