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What's your favorite breakfast?

Studies clearly show the benefits of having breakfast.  Those who have breakfast have more energy to start a new day.   Breakfast eating is linked to many health benefits, including weight control and improved performance.  
However, it's worth noting that most studies linking breakfast to weight control loss looked at a healthy breakfast containing protein and/or whole grains -- not meals loaded with fat and calories.  And protein is a key ingredient; adding a little lean protein to your breakfast may be just the boost you need to help keep you feeling full until lunchtime.

I have about 3 or 4 quick and easy breakfasts that I can make in very little time.  I rotate them to prevent breakfast boredom.  
(I'm on the Core plan of WW, so for me, most of these breakfasts are zero or 1 point.)

1--scrambled eggbeaters and canadian bacon on a Thomas's Light Multigrain Eng muffin
2--microwave 1 cup skim milk and 1/2 cup quick oats for 2-1/2 minutes.  Stir.  Add in fruits, no calorie sweetener.
3--fat free plain yogurt mixed with a packet of no calorie sweetener, fruit, and a shot of SF Torani vanilla syrup (or other flavor)--sometimes I'll add shredded wheat or Fiber one to this.
4-- cream of wheat made with skim milk, no calorie sweetener, with a sliced banana
5--omelet made with eggbeaters and soy (or fat free) cheddar cheese, fruit..sometimes folded in a high fiber/low carb tortilla

All of these take about 5 minutes or less to make.  

What are your favorite quick and easy breakfasts?  



Typically, hunger gets the best of breakfast-skippers, and they eat more at lunch and throughout the day.

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I have never liked eating breakfast -  though I have always been able to eat crisps or chocolate or biscuites first thing in the morning, I have never been able to face anything proper!

My favourite breakfast has to be sausage and bacon sandwiches with lashings of ketchup! (but I guess thats not on the healthy breakfast list lol)

I don't like milk at all in any shape or fom but I do eat dry cereal for breakfast now I am being good -  usually Kellogs cocopops or rice crispies.  Alternativly two piece of toast with a little low fat margarine spread on them.
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I, too, was never a breakfast eater, until I joined WW 3 months ago.

I also don't drink milk, but the core plan advises it w/cereal, so I guess I will have to start using it.

1) 1/2 cup FF cottage cheese w/fruit and a slice of double-double whole grain toast. (dry)
2) Oatmeal w/fruit
3) Cream of Wheat w/fruit
4) FF plain yogurt w/ a 1/4 cup of grape nuts,1/2 cup of fiber one, or 1/2 cup of shredded wheat cereal. (I will be stealing Peeks idea of using Torani syrup)
5) Eggbeaters w/ FF chhese and a slice of double-double whole grain dry toast.

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Nice reminder, Peek, of how very important breakfast is.  The National Weight Control Registry, a study whose members have lost 30 to 300 lbs and kept it off for more than a year, reports that 78% eat breakfast every day.

While cereal, oatmeal and eggs are my staples, I can occasionally eat at Starbucks or McDonalds ... it's all in the choices you make.

Grapefruit
One large egg (cooking spray)
Whole grain toast
Propel (16.9 oz)
TOTAL CALORIES:  260  

Cereal, Fruit Harvest, Strawberry/Blueberry (Kellogg's, ¾ cup)
Skim Milk (½ cup)
Blueberries (2.4 oz)
Coffee
TOTAL CALORIES: 184

Oatmeal (Cooked 1/3 cup)
Milk (Fat-Free ½ cup)
Banana (less than 6 inches)
Walnuts (English ½ oz)
Tea with Splenda
TOTAL CALORIES: 315

One large egg (cooking spray)
Whole grain toast
I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray (5 sprays)
Bacon (3 slices)
Coffee with caramel creamer (1 TBSP)
TOTAL CALORIES: 298

Two egg omelet (2 Tbs green onions,1 slice tomato, 2oz mushrooms, 1 Tbs green pepper, 1 Tbs parmesan cheese)
Whole grain toast
I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray (5 sprays)
Tea with Splenda
TOTAL CALORIES: 309

Two medium eggs scrambled
White toast (reduced calorie)
Blackberry Jelly (1 ½ tsp )
Hashbrowns (½ c shredded)
Olive oil (1 tsp)
Tea with Splenda
TOTAL CALORIES: 321

Yogurt (fruit flavored, fat-free, 4.4 oz)
High Protein Breakfast Bar (Herbalife or South Beach)
Coffee with caramel creamer (1 TBSP)
TOTAL CALORIES: 288

and occasionally ... Starbucks ...

Baked Berry Stella
Caramel Latte with sugar free syrup and non-fat milk, no whipped cream
TOTAL CALORIES: 370




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598026_tn?1222683306
i love breakfast food, but because when i wake up i either have to start working or i get distracted with other things i skip it most of the time, and then i end up eating around 11 or noon, but i eat lunch type foods, which is usually pasta, or a sandwich. or sometimes a big unhealthy salad (like the bbq chicken or chef types, you know the pointless ones)
but when i do eat breakfast my favorite thing to whip up is a bowl of honey bunches of oats with fat free milk. i dont know the calories because i dont measure, i need to start doing that. but im never satisfied with the like half cup they recomend, im probably eating closer to one and a half cups of cereal. but i just love grainy cereals, except grape nuts, could never aquire a liking for that, too bad. if i have more time i like to make eggs and bacon, except it takes me way longer than 5 or so minutes what are you guys talking about! i pam the pan, beat the eggs in a bowl with pepper, garlic powder, lots of cheese, and then once the pan is hot i pour it in and scramble. then i usually microwave the bacon. i usually cook three and ill eat one my husband will eat two, not too huge on bacon. then i toast some bread and spread some butter or strawberry jelly on it. that usually takes me about 15 minutes to prepare. and sometimes i dont want to take that time...im an american GO GO GO!! jk! hahahahaha!
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I'd definately say you should start measuring your food, at least at first so that you can get a handle on what a serving size looks like.  

As to time constraints...I don't add lots of cheese to my eggs, so they get done quickly!  Sometimes I'll put some fat free shredded cheese, but not too much.  Bacon will cook while your eggs are cooking.  I don't know if you are using regular bacon or not, but again...I'd make a small change and use turkey bacon, or canadian bacon.  Both are much lower in fat and calories.  

Sub some Smart Beat or other low fat margarine spread for the butter on your toast.

There are so many ways to cut the fat and calories from what you are eating---you may enjoy becoming a detective of sorts and coming up with creative substitutions.  Take a look at some of the examples shown.  
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Peek is definitely right about measuring your food.  In short order you will learn the spot on the bowl that you can fill your cereal to.  I have adopted a small coffee cup that holds a cup of cereal.  It not only provides me an easy way to measure, it visually looks full and is more pleasing to my brain.  

If you need more food, try choosing cereals that have the calorie content to do that.  For example,  you can actually eat 1 1/2 cups of cheerios and 3/4 c skim milk for 225 calories so it gives you more volume.  Oatmeal is also a cereal that keeps you feeling fuller longer.  The oats from both these options provide cholesterol lowering properties.

On eggs, you can cook them in the microwave as well if you like them scrambled.  It does take more time to cook an omelet and cut everything up so .. you may want to do that on the weekends when you have more time and cook two eggs with Pam on the mornings you're in a hurry.  Here's the order I cook in to keep it to five minutes .... (it used to take me longer too.)

Turn on skillet and spray with Pam
Put toast in toaster and push to start
Crack egg in hot skillet
Place ready cooked bacon on paper towel in microwave and cook for 20 seconds
Turn egg
Get plate
Put toast on plate
Remove egg and put on plate
Spray toast with butter spray (although most of the time I now eat it plain)
Put bacon on plate
Smidgeon of sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Grab a fork
Good to Go!

Have found these cheeses that I like to use that are calorie conscious and do add them after the egg has cooked, just prior to removing from the heat ...  

Parmesan Cheese, Grate-It Fresh, Kraft (20 calories - 2 TBSP)
Pepperjack 2% Milk Singles, Kraft (50 calories)
Swiss Cheese No Fat Singles, Kraft (35 calories)

Truly try to make time for breakfast ... it starts your metabolism and keeps you from getting too hungry.
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A cooking lesson?

The best thing about Weight Watcher's is not having to count every single calorie before  the mastication and deglutition process is even started.

For those of you who are not into calorie counting, I highly recommend Weight Watcher's.

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I completely agree with wannabenana ~ Weight Watchers works and you do not have to count calories, but you do have to count points ...

There are many ways to accomplish successful weight loss ~ it is about finding out what works for each of us.  What is true throughout is ...

     food intake minus energy expended equals weight maintenance/loss/gain

LOLL ... wasn't meant to be a "cooking lesson" ... was meant to show "time management" to be able to accomplish fixing that type of a breakfast in 5 minutes rather than 15.  I shared that because it used to take me 15 minutes when I started.  

Best wishes everyone!

Ranae
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Actually, Ranae...there are two branches to WW now.  I'm on the Core plan.  Its more of an intuitive eating plan.  You eat from a long, sensible list of healthy foods, and you do not count points for them.  You may eat other foods not on the list, but you would count points only for those.  

Flex is the part of the WW program where you count points for everything you eat.  Both programs stress healthy foods in sensible amounts.  

WW is how I've lost 50 pounds.  Entirely and completely by using and following their program.  

There are many paths to success.  WW is one of the most proven and trusted weight loss/management programs in existance today.  No, its not "the" only one.  We must all find a program that speaks to each one of us.  

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Yes, Ranaesheart is correct, you do have to count points, but it is nowhere near the headache of having to count calories.

With weight watcher's, you only have to count to 21,(or below) instead of 1200 or more.
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598026_tn?1222683306
im keeping a detailed account of what i eat on my weight tracker if anyone wants to offer some advice ill take it all! ;) the only thing that is not up to date acurate is my acutaly weight because i dont own a scale i cant weigh myself every morning...i have to stop by walmart and buy one. but my measurments are up to date, and my calories and i write what im eating in my journal. thank you everyone!
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Yes, go buy that scale, but you don't have to weigh yourself daily. Once a week should be sufficient enough.

Good luck!
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Is your calorie intake correct on your tracker?
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YES! i know! i had no idea i was eating so little. i have been measuring everything by calories and thats all i eat. but then there are some days where i know i eat more like 2000 or so calories. im tying to eat more to regulate that, and maybe it will help with my energy levels.
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Okay, just making sure you are aware that you need to increase your caloric intake.
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