Monday, 21 October 2013

Eating Better: Breakfasts

Monday, 21 October 2013
All of those so-called 'diet rules' I imposed on myself failed at one point or another. Because, as we all know, diets don't work. 

No alcohol during the week? been having a cider most nights
No white bread: that's all we seem to have in the house.
No pasta ... pasta salad for lunch on Saturday.

And so it goes.

However, I have been making a rather concerted effort to make good breakfast choices. I'd say 90% of my breakfasts have been good choices. By good I mean tasty breakfasts that keep me going until lunchtime, with a small snack for morning tea, rather than loitering in the kitchen scoffing anything I can lay my hands on.

I've mentioned it before - everyone's bodies works differently. I eat a bowl of cereal and I'm hungry again 15 minutes later. Audible, embarrassing stomach growling. I think this is why Lite N Easy didn't work for me - the macronutrients (carbs, fats, and proteins) weren't balanced in my favour.  Even worse, if I go too long without food I get cranky. Don't understand these 'Oh, I forgot to eat' types. I'll cut a bitch if I don't get to have a meal.

So, what have I been eating, dear readers? It's been varied, but here are my top three choices:

1. Perfect Porridge
Using rolled oats (not the quick cook or microwave options), cooked on the stove and topped with yoghurt and fruit. If you'd like my method for making porridge, let me know in the comments and I'll write a post for it.

2. Smoothies
Milk, Yoghurt, fruit. Blend. Use a yoghurt with a higher protein content. Avoid ones that have artificial sweetener. Add a teaspoon of nut butter for a little extra protein and fat. Freeze the bananas for a thicker smoothie-like consistency. This option also takes less than five minutes to prepare and drink. Good for those mornings when you're in a rush.

3. Eggs
Boil 'em, poach 'em, stick 'em in the oven. Have them however you like them. Except fried in loads of butter/oil/bacon grease. Sigh. bacon grease cooked eggs are so tasty but not really good for the waistline (or heart for that matter). My favourite ways to have eggs are as an omelette wrapped in a wholemeal tortilla; cooked in baked beans, and dry fried with sautéed mushrooms.


Got any other fab breakfast ideas? Add them in the comments.

Til next time,
Pen.


1 comment:

Elspeth Thorne said...

My standard breakfast (when I have energy to eat/make it) is bacon, eggs (fried, poached, or scrambled), and hash browns.

I need the high fat and protein levels to keep me going; carbs are almost but not quite optional. But that's the way my body balances. There aren't many ways to get high fat/high protein morningfood that don't involve dairy, annoyingly enough.