Post # 1
So I’m looking to lose weight and i’d really like to eat a healthier breakfast. Normally I would have toast or a bagel or cereal, then I started dieting earlier this year and I tried oats and smoothies. However the oats and the smoothies don’t keep me full. I usually wake up at 6 and eat breakfast soon after – the problem is that by the time I get to work (around 8:15), I’m usually hungry again. So these days, I usually have a bowl of Special K or Honey Bunches of Oats or Multigrain Cheerios at home and then another bowl of cereal around 9 or 10 at work. I know cereal and bread are really bad for you so what can I substitute them with?
Also I don’t eat eggs or peanut butter. Thank you.
Post # 2
You need some sort of protein. Maybe try adding a scoop of protein powder to your oats and your smoothies. Turkey bacon/sausage is also a good option that is high in protein. Also, you don’t necessarily need to have breakfast food for breakfast. I sometimes have a salad with ground turkey and some chopped veggies as my first meal of the day.
Post # 3
Yogurt, with a serving of fruit and 1/3 cup of All Bran Buds. Crunchy and filling.
ps if you eat that early, there is nothing wrong with having a snack shortly after you get to work, but make it a healthy snack like an apple and a small piece of cheese.
Post # 4
papillon20: I always have smoothie in the morning, and stay full for a decent amount of time. What are you putting in yours? I do Greek yogurt (more protein), flax seed, a little Chia seed, spinach, and then some combo of frozen fruit (I love frozen cherries), with water as the base. It is important to have proteina and fat to help you feel full longer!
Post # 5
I don’t like sugary or super sweet things in the morning. So I try to have sensible portions of sweet potatoes, onions, turkey sausage, turkey bacon, peppers, carrots, eggs etcc.. I’ve been known to eat dinner leftovers for breakfast.
I reccomend prepping roasted vegetables the nigth before or earlier in the week so it’s easy to reheat in the morning. Less temptation to reach for the cereal.
And I second the mid morning snack. By 11ish I can finall stomach an apple so I’ll have that with some light string cheese, yogurt, or serving of pistachios.
My step mother splits her breakfast shakes. Shell have half in the morning with toast, and then half mid morning with a banana.
Post # 6
MrsAKSkier: for the smoothies, I usually add bananas, apples, maybe pears, yogurt, kale or spinach, water (coconut if we have) and some milk. Clearly I’m missing out some kind of seeds. Thank You.
julies1949: thank you. I’ll have to look up those All Bran Buds. I hadn’t heard of that before. I usually carry an apple and yogurt to work so I could definitely have that for breakfast instead. I’m also glad it’s okay to have a mid-morning snack. I was really worried that I was training myself to eat more than necessary. But I know I often feel really hungry if I don’t eat around that time.
Ham1320: thanks. I was using my fitness pal for awhile and it kept telling me I wasn’t eating enough protein but I wasn’t sure how to remedy that. However it also told me I wasn’t eating enough calories in general, even though I feel like I eat A LOT so I wasn’t sure how seriously to take it. I’ll have to look for some protein powder. I also like the idea of having a salad for breakfast.
LAX03: oh, I really like what your stepmother does. That’s definitely do-able for me. When I was dieting, I had steamed vegetables every single day for lunch but I think roasted vegetables would be a good alternative. I’m definitely going to try that.
Post # 7
Protein! It keeps you full and it’s recommended to eat a high protein breakfast to curb snacking later. Cereals can be sugary (even if they are “healthy” cereals) and are generally not great.
Have some turkey bacon, Greek yogurt, add some protein powder or nut butter to smoothies. Do you absolutely hate eggs? They are a good source of protein as well, so it may be worth learning to cook them in a way you like (but if you hate them, you hate them).
Mid-morning snacks are good too….some fruit with cheese, or some cut up veggies or a smoothie.
ETA: I just saw one of your comments where you said you were worried about eating a midmorning snack and training your body to eat too much- but if you’re hungry, eat! Seriously, your body is really good at telling you when to eat and when you’re full, and once you get in tune with that, you’ll find that you’re eating the right amount. For me, I need to eat a small breakfast, small midmorning snack, normal lunch then a BIG afternoon snack followed by supper around 7:00- that’s when my body signals it’s hungry. Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full 🙂
Post # 8
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I usually make a smoothie out of protein powder (currently using R1) and a mix of frozen berries and chia and pepitas for breakfast (no dairy – sometime with almond milk but mostly just water).
Otherwise I blend berries with greek yoghurt and layer it with homemade granola and banana’s. In my granola I have oats, shredded coconut, spices, honey, almonds, walnuts, sultanas, chia seeds, cranberries, cashews and coconut oil.
I find that both of these fill me up heaps. 🙂
Post # 9
papillon20: my go to is greek yogurt, granola (try different ones till you find out which one you like the texture and taste-theyre all different) and a cut up apple. Theres something about that combo that keep you filled up and its so healthy for you. dont go crazy on granola cuz the calories are high but its really good for you. i also like oatmeal packets.
Post # 10
I usually eat cottage cheese for breakfast and then about two hours later I’ll eat some fruit. Usually a pear for the fiber but lately I’ll have a mandarin orange (or two). On days when I get bored with the cottage cheese I’ll eat some turkey slices rolled up with cheese and a squirt or mustard…I know it’s not a typical “breakfast” food but it’s protein and helps keep me feeling full. I’ve also started having a large glass of water with lemon when I first wakeup; that seems to help me feel less hungry too.
Post # 11
Ham1320: I was expecting you to suggest ham
Post # 12
Thank you so much for the suggestions, everyone. I’m definitely going to try to incorporate them into my diet, especially more protein and Greek yogurt.
To claudiakishi, (the site’s not letting me reply to anyone), thank you. I’m trying to be more mindful when I eat of when I feel full and when I’m really hungry. I don’t mind omelets but I usually eat them just on Sunday’s with ham and cheese and onions so I’ll have to look for a healthier alternative to that. I’m awful at cooking eggs though.
To ChristinaC598, thanks. You actually just reminded me that my trainer said I should drink a glass of water as soon as I wake up and just before I go to bed. So I’m going to try to really do that. Can I substitute limes for lemons? We always have fresh limes because we have a tree but we rarely have lemons.
Post # 13
I usually have a Fage Greek yogurt, the kind with the little side of fruit, or two Morningstar veggie sausage patties. The yogurt has 14 g of protein and is ~150 calories depending on the type of fruit. I don’t do fat free yogurt. It isn’t that many calories more and you get more protein. The maple or spicy sausage patties are yummy and 160 cal & 20 g protein for two.
Post # 14
If you enjoy oatmeal for breakfast but need fat and protein to keep you full, you can actually quickly beat an egg and then stir it into your oatmeal then add nuts fruit maple syrup agave etc to taste. It simply makes your oats more creamy. No egg taste or chunks, just delicious oatmeal rounded out with fat and protein from undetectable egg.