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What do you eat for breakfast?

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Weekly QuestionThe toddler is responsible for inspiring this weeks question. Breakfast is one of my favorite meals, not because of the food but because I have made it routine for us to wake up and prepare something healthy every morning.  It’s a non-negotiable mommy/toddler time in the kitchen and today the toddler had his own idea on how he wanted to start the day.

Now, I think we all know how important breakfast is for overall health and weight loss. Don’t we?  Just in case, here’s a really good write up.

I’ve noticed since starting this journey I really only have a handful of breakfast ideas that I tend to put into rotation. Some may think they would get bored eating the same things over and over but on the contrary having a few “go to’s” takes any pressure off of deciding what to have on busy mornings.  It’s like my own personal menu.

My morning options include Whole Grain Pancakes, eggs, oatmeal (like Apple Pie Oatmeal or Creamy Berry Oatmeal), high fiber cereal with fresh fruit and Whole Wheat Banana Muffins.  Actually, now that I write them out I had more options then I realized.

There are days when I literally have no time (I’m sure you can relate) and on those days I normally grab a piece of fruit and a lite yogurt or granola bar to eat in the car.

No matter what I never leave without eating or bringing something for the car.

So how about you? What do you eat for breakfast?

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    March 18, 2008

    I love seeing what others eat for breakfast…it gives me great ideas.

    I really have to force myself to eat breakfast. My favorite is eggs. I really like egg beaters (with veggies in it). Since I work nights, I also like chicken or turkey to get the protein in. I really like whole grain waffles or pancakes but I found that I was really hungry just a short time later.

    I can’t wait to see what others write to get ideas. :)


    March 18, 2008

    My breakfast varies. During the week, I stick to Baked Oatmeal, Steel-Cut Oatmeal, Peanut Butter Banana Bread, or Multi-grain Pancakes. On the weekends, it’s eggs or eggbeaters usually cooked up with some veggies.


    March 18, 2008

    If I have time, I like to make a frittata w/ the husband (that way I get in some oils & veggies to start the day). Usually though, I make a big batch of muffins (the current favorite is the new Fiber One Cinnamon Apple – they are GREAT!) and eat one or two and some yogurt. Sometimes, I will serve fresh berries with vanilla yogurt. I also like cold cereal & milk. I like oatmeal but I never feel “in the mood” for it in the morning.

    I love waffles & pancakes but I normally only have them on weekends because I don’t have time to make them in the morning.


    March 18, 2008

    I say if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

    I eat 1/2 cup of oatmeal with a tbsp. of oil, and a tbsp. of peanut butter, and a tbsp. of sugar free maple syrup. Gives me plenty of protein for the morning.

    Weekends I do vary a bit with eggbeaters, cereal, or fruit.

    Yogi Wannabe

    March 18, 2008

    When I am on the go with my toddler I make us each a baggie breakkie with a string cheese, small handful of almonds and either sliced apple or grapes. She loves eating out of her baggie like a big girl when we are on the run! You don’t have to eat crap just because you don’t have time to cook an egg says I!


    March 19, 2008

    Before starting WW I never ate breakfast (didn’t think I was hungry in the morning) and now I NEVER miss it. I almost always eat oatmeal, especially during the week. You’d think I’d get tired of it, but I don’t. Bonus – just had my cholesterol checked and it has dropped from 160 to 130!

    On the weekends I’ll do egg beaters or pancakes sometimes, but most of the time I seem to crave oatmeal.


    March 19, 2008

    I used to do an egg with two egg whites, mixed in with mushroom, spinach, veggie sausage, whatever was on hand. Then I got burnt out, went to cereal. But I’m not much of a cereal person either. I love me some hot breakfast.

    I work in the evening, so by the time I usually get up it could be considered lunchtime, and often my first meal is just that…lunch. sandwiches, leftovers, whatever is around. I know this doesn’t really help too much, but it really helps not to get burnt out on the same stuff!


    March 19, 2008

    Weekdays – I start work around 8am so eat fruit or carrots in the car and/or a yoghurt at my desk when I get in. We have a break at 10am and I have always eaten something more substantial then – at the moment it is porridge with a bit of coconut, some raisons and some pineapple chunks. I have been eating this all winter and am not tired of it yet.
    Weekends – usually cereal – sultana bran, or something similar, and then maybe a slice of toast with jam or a bagel. But usually my eyes are bigger than my belly and I just eat the cereal!! And a glass of fruit juice too!


    March 19, 2008

    Thanks for swinging by!
    Me? 2 cups of scrambled egg beaters and a few morning star farms veggie sausages—-LOVE!



    March 19, 2008

    I usually stick with steel-cut oatmeal with a splash of fat free milk. Sometimes I have light bagels or english muffins with peanut butter, cereal if I’m in a crunch for time, yogurt and fruit smoothies. Last weekend I had a slice of leftover birthday cake, but normally I try to get something healthy to start the day.


    March 19, 2008

    Oat bran or steel-cut oats with a sprinkling of 1 Tbsp sliced almonds, a banana, and a teaspoon of honey. If we eat breakfast out, I usually opt for a scrambled egg, a slice of ham, and sometimes, 1/4 of a pancake with sugar-free blackberry jam on top…a great combination!


    March 19, 2008

    My breakfast at this point is just a no-brainer. I toast 2 Eggo Nutrigrain Whole Wheat Low Fat Waffles (2 points), a banana (2 pts), and a glass of milk (2 pts). I love it, and at that time of the morning it’s nice not to have to think about what I’m going to have. It’s just a routine at this point.


    March 19, 2008

    I will eat cereal with a banana in it on most days, but lately I’ve been making an egg and putting it on a 1pt english muffin. On weekends I try to cook my hubby something nice like pancakes, or omlets something healthy and quick.


    March 19, 2008

    I eat bran cereal with 1/2 cup 1% milk just about every morning. Other mornings I like a piece of toast with 1/2 banana smashed up with 1 tbsp. peanut butter. YUMMY!


    March 19, 2008

    I grew up always eating breakfast so I’ve never had the problem of forcing myself to eat in the mornings. I can’t say I’m hungry when I wake up, however, I always look forward to breakfast. Another good thing is that I like routine so I pretty much always eat the same thing and I never get bored with it (just how I am). I either eat Weight Control Oatmeal Banana Bread flavor, or some kind of high fiber cereal. My favorite right now is Fiber One Honey Clusters with milk and usually I drink a fruit juice of some sort and have some fruit as a snack before lunch.


    March 19, 2008

    I usually eat the Trader Joe’s Steel Cut oatmeal with blueberries or a high fiber cereal on the weekdays.
    Weekends – we like a big breakfast. Recently we tried Ellie Kreiger’s spaghetti frittata – I used whole wheat spaghetti and more egg whites but it’s absolutely delicious. Served with some homemade marinanra and a side of roasted asparagus – yummy!


    March 19, 2008

    I really struggle with breakfast, I think people are either breakfast people or not. I’m not and I have to force myself into the habit of eating it. I find the options so boring too. On weekends I like a hearty cooked breakfast, a lower fat version of the “Full English” with eggs, bacon, beans and sometimes low fat sausages for a real treat. Or scrambled eggs with smoked salmon.

    During the week I don’t eat breakfast until I get to the office and it tends to be bran flakes with bananas or berries of some kind. Or sometimes crispbreads with a little low fat soft cheese and thinly sliced ham or smoked salmon. When on the go it’s yoghurt and fruit. When I want a real treat I love a toasted bagel with light cream cheese and smoked salmon with lemon juice and black pepper. I’m really running out of ideas and lacking inspiration though, so it’ll be interesting to read what other people do.


    March 19, 2008

    This morning I actually came up with a new one! I toasted a low-fat nutri grain eggo, spread it with all-fruit raspberry jelly and topped it off with some cottage cheese! It was delish, though I think it would have been tastier with some fresh berries on top.
    Usually though, it’s some toast and a piece of fruit, or oatmeal once I get to work


    March 19, 2008

    during the week I eat Kashi oatmeal (apple cinnamon or maple brown sugar – 2pts) when I get to work. On the weekends (if I wake up in time for breakfast!) I’ll usually make egg sandwiches (5 pts):
    1/2 carton knock off egg beaters – 2 pts
    whole wheat bagel bread – 2 pts
    2 slices thin slice ham – 1/2 pt
    1 slice low fat American cheese – 1/2 pt

    Ready to Shrink

    March 19, 2008

    I have been enjoying breakfast since October and I will say I have settled on two faves:

    1c. cheerios with 1/2 c. skim milk and a banana


    Salsa Eggs: 3 egg whites, 1 tablespoon with salsa, and sauteed red peppers with a whole grain English Muffin mmmmmmm…. yummy (for weekends only when I have the time to make for me and the hubby)


    March 19, 2008

    I never miss breakfast. During the week I always have a bowl of instant oatmeal with 1/2 tsp of honey. On weekends, it varies but now that I’m on WW, I have to be very careful of what I eat. These comments have given me great breakfast inspirations for the weekend so thanks!

    Military Mommy

    March 19, 2008

    Great post! We eat a lot of the same things that you (and others) have mentioned here already.

    The only few things I thought of that weren’t on here yet:
    * Peanut butter toast: I toast bread and spread a little reduced fat peanut butter on it while still warm (chunky is our fave),top with a few banana slices and a little drizzle of honey. Yummy – especially if you eat it while it is still warm.
    * Homemade egg mcmuffins: Whole wheat english muffin toasted and sprayed w/ butter spray, then topped with 1 fried egg white (fried in a drizzle of olive oil), a thin slice of 2% cheese, slice of canadian bacon or turkey bacon. Leave open and toast again under broiler for a sec to melt cheese.
    * We also love to try a new breakfast recipe at least once every couple of weekends. It’s a great family event and keeps us from getting bored. I get lots of great ideas on and also

    have a great day!


    March 19, 2008

    I love this question. I was never a breakfast eater until I started losing weight. I can remember as far back as grade school not eating breakfast. I like variety so I try to come up with as many options as possible. I do tend to have my favorite go to breakfasts.
    On days that I work I mix a calorie counters serving of kashi go lean high fiber high protein cereal with a container of yogurt. I like steele cut oats with any fruit that I have around or even mix in frozen fruit. I make a egg scramble with a bunch of veggies and egg beaters. I usually toast a light english muffin with this. I also like to toast an english muffin with canadian bacon and a piece of light string cheese in my toaster oven. I used to make a fiber one pancake recipe but I recently tried Roni’s pancakes and am willing to spend the extra point for them instead.
    I don’t like to eat as soon as I get up because that is when I exercise but as soon as I get out of the shower I am usually more than ready to eat.(After I get a cup of coffee of course)
    Rebecca in Ks.


    March 19, 2008

    I am someone who’s had to force myself into the habit of eating breakfast… but now, if I don’t eat, I am STARVING by the time I get to work! I never have time to cook though, so I save the eggs and veggies and pancakes and such for weekends.

    During the week, it’s usually cereal with fruit and skim milk; lite yogurt and a granola bar; or an English muffin with peanut butter or Laughing Cow cheese and all-fruit spread… ALL with black coffee, of course! I can’t live without my coffee, but I’ve found that sprinkling a bit of cinnamon on the grounds before brewing adds just enough hint of flavor that I don’t need sugar or cream at all. I also tried your yummy smoothie one day last week and intend to try it with mango and strawberry next. Muffins are a great idea too… think I’ll make some of those ahead to grab on my way out the door!

    Roni, I just have to say thanks again. Your inspiring Web site has prompted me to get my butt back in the gym and stop making excuses, and while I’m not really “ON” WW, I use your delicious recipes and wonderful insights to balance my diet and stay motivated. I’m into week four now, and I have a looong way to go yet… but I’m down 10 pounds already! WooHoo!!!

    You ROCK. =)


    March 19, 2008

    great ideas everyone! as for myself, on weekdays i stick to homemade oatmeal with apple and cinnimon, or allbran cereal with a banana cut into it. on weekends i love eggs with a side of fruit, or my low-fat egg mcmuffin. i use a toasted english muffin, a cooked eggwhite or two, and a slice of low fat cheese. better than the fast food ones and way healthier. i’ll add an orange on the side for good balance and that keeps me full for hours :)

    Jessica's Journey To Being One Hot Mom!

    March 19, 2008

    I love Oatmeal and frozen fruit with a little splenda.

    Sometimes I’ll do Steel Cut Oats for a change.

    This is my normal breakfast most mornings.


    March 19, 2008

    Everyone’s an oatmeal person…and so am I. I honestly hate breakfast, but gotta feed my toddler, so it’s either oatmeal, cheerios (or some other low pt cereal), yogurt, or your pancakes. Very rarely eggs w/toast.

    When I’m on the run, and only have time to feed my toddler, I grab a slim fast shake. Some are only 3 pts and I usually have a banana with it to help fill me up. Fast and easy.


    March 19, 2008

    I have oatmeal almost every day – I make about 1/3 cup for myself with about 1/4 cup of cottage cheese and some milk mixed in. I put in a little sugar (although I’m considering switching to honey), craisins (or whatever fruit I have on hand to cut up) and top with cinnamon. On weekends, I switch it up and have eggs with peanut butter toast & fruit, or for the occasional weekend I’ll have pancakes or waffles.


    March 19, 2008

    Fiber One, or more lately an organic high-fiber cereal that I can’t remember the name of (the box is blue … helpful, right) … instead of milk I have yogurt, and I eat the yogurt and cereal with berries.

    Occasionally it’s oatmeal and berries.

    On weekends I’ll sometimes to veggie egg-white omelettes. The veggies depend on what is on hand. Currently, asparagus … mmmmm …


    March 19, 2008

    I’m a creature of habit…I either have a cup of Fiber One honey clusters w/milk or banana bread oatmeal made with milk. And always a cup of o.j.

    p.s. I saw that you left a comment on my blog, and YES, it is your chart! Check it out now! 38.4! Thanks for being my inspiration!


    March 19, 2008

    Sounds like lots of oatmeal lovers–it’s great stuff. I just made the newest Hungry Girl oatmeal recipe – “HG’s ocmplete & utter oatmeal insantity” and loved it! Also have tried both of Roni’s oatmeal recipes–Apple pie oatmeal and creamy berry oatmeal–also superb!


    March 19, 2008

    I have a great “very high fiber” All Bran muffin recipe, that I have been eating for several years, even before I started WW last August. It keeps you “regular”, but they are delicious as well. The recipe makes a BUNCH, but they freeze wonderfully. I use the Pampered Chef large scoop when I bake them, and it makes about 68 muffins, so they are only 1 point each. I eat 2-3 of these every day during the week. I get up with just enough time to get myself ready, then I have a 35 mile trip to work, and I always drink a squirt bottle of cold water-24 oz.-on the way. Then at work, I eat my muffins with coffee. Occasionally, if I run out of muffins, I eat quick oatmeal, or steel cut oats (if I have made them the night before). On the weekends, I will rotate between the low carb Eggo whole wheat waffles, Hungry Girl’s blueberry pancakes, a homemade egg mcmuffin (WW english muffin-1, 1/4 Eggbeaters-1, 1 slice turkey bacon-.5, Laughing Cow cheese-1)or an Eggbeaters omelet with veggies.


    March 19, 2008

    One of my favorite ToGo breakfasts:

    Put an egg in a bowl and add some seasonings and beat mix it till the yolk breaks (if you eat the yolks other wise use extra whites)

    Take a slice of bread and butter one side.

    Put the bread in a pan warm enough for light frying and squish the center flat but leave the crust unsquished.

    Pour the egg into the center of the squished bread and let it cook until the bread is toasted as dark as you can eat it. (by now the egg should be starting to cook).

    Flip (quickly so the egg doesn’t splatter too much) and let the egg cook until completely done.

    Put a slice of low fat cheese on the top when it is done. Eat while driving your car, wash down with some Naked Juice.

    Later Gator

    March 19, 2008

    I eat oatmeal almost every morning. This week, I’m eating steel cut oats made with milk, sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice.


    March 19, 2008

    I eat oatmeal as much as I can…even though I tend to get sick of it. Thanks for posting this makes me get lots of new ideas..I want to definately try some of the ideas posted on here…if i am not eating the oatmeal then I eat smart start cereal or a banana and some O.J.


    March 19, 2008

    Great question! Lately I have been on a Frosted Mini Wheats kick. They have kind of a lot of sugar, but its the only cereal that keeps me full! I always crave carbs first thing, but try to have a snack of a couple of slices of cheese mid morning to get some protein in. When its cold I like steel cut oatmeal with mushed up strawberries mixed in. Yummy!

    teenage girl

    March 19, 2008

    i love love love thomas’s 100% whole wheat english muffin with natural peanut butter and jelly- high fiber no HFCS, and so filling. sometimes I’ll have a vita muffin or oatmeal.


    March 19, 2008

    I love my oatmeal with fresh fruit in the morning. It is always some type of cereal if not hot then cold, with skim milk and fresh fruit. My cereal choices are always full of fiber and keep me full until lunch


    March 19, 2008

    i love sara lee’s whole wheat delightful bread tahts only 45 calories…sometimes i eat that with peanut butter, strawberry jelly, and banana slices on it.

    egg beats with fat free cheese and wheat toast sandwich

    yogurt, banana, and cereal

    or just cereal and banana if i want something lighter


    March 19, 2008

    I am sooo boring. I eat 2 eggs and 2 turkey sausage links most days. :)

    On other days I might eat oatmeal.


    March 19, 2008

    Oatmeal with banana, maple syrup, almond butter and toasted nuts.


    March 19, 2008

    Preaching to Choir!! My breakfast options cycle with the season, but here are my staples:

    Nutri Grain Blueberry Waffles w/ strawberry All Fruit Spread
    Special K Red Berry Waffles w/ FF Strawberry Cream Cheese
    Oatmeal – Usually Apple or Cinnamon
    Frosted Mini Wheats
    Scrambled Eggbeaters and wheat toast.


    March 19, 2008

    I am not a breakfast eater, so I figure if I’m going to eat breakfast, I might as well eat something that is nourishing and cholesterol-lowering… oatmeal! I find that starting the day with oatmeal also curbs my cravings.

    Unlike most of you, I don’t add milk or sweetners to my oatmeal. I grew up eating oatmeal like a thick soup, so it is salty instead of sweet; I think my dad called it “mush.” It is basically just oatmeal, boiled in water with a sprinkle of chicken flavored bouillon (to taste). My son loves oatmeal prepared this way!


    March 19, 2008

    I’m pretty boring. I have to leave the house by 630am to be at work on time at 7am. I am one that MUST HAVE 8 hours (at least) sleep to be fully functional and non-grumpy. This means I get up long enough to have the MINIMUM amount of get ready time necessary… which also means I am usually NOT hungry for breakfast unless I have actually had an early dinner the night before or didn’t overeat the night before. BUT since I don’t have lunch until 1230pm, and no time to grab a light breakfast or snack between my leaving the house and lunch at work, I have to eat something before leaving. So for me, breakfast is cereal with a sliced banana and skim milk on top….and a glass of water to wash it all down before brushing my teeth. Occasionally on the weekend, I’ll treat myself to a 16 oz nonfat sugar-free vanilla latte and and an eight-grain roll (yummy)…or waffles with fresh fruit.

    For me, just the fact I’m EATING breakfast is a huge deal…I used to have it every day, back when I was in the best shape of my life. I would have cereal with a sliced banana and a yogurt every weekday as well as one day on the weekend… Then the other weeeknd day, I would make the yummiest bran waffles with appleasauce topping or french toast with fresh strawberries…… Somehere along the way I got out of eating it thinking it was a way to save some calories. Now I’m back into eating breakfast because I have a physical job and would pass out from hypoglycemia before lunch if I didn’t, but morever because I want and need to be healthier….But with adding breakfast back in, I find myself struggling to actually cut out the extra calories I used to eat late at night because I wasn’t eating breakfast. It is a challenge, and one that I am failing miserably at right now given my life. But, I’ll get there eventually.


    March 20, 2008

    I’m like you- I have a few things I rotate through. I am not a big breakfast person though. I just need something light. Anything to heavy makes me feel horrible the rest of the day.

    I like oatmeal w/brown sugar, hot chocolate made with skim milk, cereal, SBD bars, fruit, english muffin with scrambled eggs(1 egg + an egg white), or a latte if I am heading out and don’t have time to make something.


    March 20, 2008

    I love egg white omelettes!! 3egg whites, peppers,onion & a slice of 2% cheese!!! Yummmmmm! The toddler in my house loves if I make her an egg along with mine, she loves red peppers(raw or cooked) so we enjoy one every morning!!


    March 20, 2008

    Oh, no! I feel really weird saying this, but here goes…I am 36 years old and I eat 1 Cup of cocoa crispies with 1/2 cup skim milk almost every morning for breakfast! My husband cringes when I pour it in my bowl but I just LOVE it! I’ve always been a “sweet breakfast eater.” It used to be doughnuts (2 or 3) or a huge muffin, so this is a little better. It is 4 points and it satisfies my sweet tooth. And it makes me feel not so guilty that I eat a strict veggie lunch.

    Enjoying Life

    March 20, 2008

    I like to have a large balanced breakfast(being the most important meal of the day),so I have plenty of energy to get me through until lunch. I typically have assorted fruit and cereal such as oatmeal or seven grain hot cereal. I also enjoy buckwheat pancakes or waffles with a protein side and fresh grapefruit.


    March 20, 2008

    Before Weight Watchers my breakfasts consisted of fast-food (cinnamon cluster and chick’n minis from ChicFilA or french toast sticks from Burger King or crap from McDonald’s) or two donuts and the biggest, sugariest (it’s a word now) iced coffee I could find.

    Now it’s a serving of V8 VFusion Light Strawberry Banana (1 Point and 2 servings of fruits/veggies), a banana (another serving or two of fruit, depending upon the size, and about 2 Points, again, dependent upon the size), and sometimes a serving of skim milk. I try to be conscientious of my healthy eating guidelines so that I get a good start on them.

    Once I get to work I’ll sometimes have instant oatmeal with peanut butter and/or honey, maybe the banana if I didn’t eat it, or applesauce if I’m out of bananas, or I’ll have a Special K Cereal Bar. When I first started WW, I stuck with 1 Point English muffins with peanut butter and/or honey and/or sugar-free fruit spread. I still keep them on hand, but don’t eat them as regularly as I once did.

    I’m just not energetic/awake enough in the AM to deal with eggs or anything even the slightest bit time consuming. I’m lazy, and my breakfasts reflect that!


    March 23, 2008

    On workdays I try to have a banana and a glass of milk before I leave for work, since I’m nursing and if I don’t have anything I might just pass out. I was eating toast, but I figured it would be better to get in a fruit and a dairy. Once I get to work I often have oatmeal — I like Nature’s Path brand instant oatmeal.

    When I’m working at home or on weekends, it tends to be cereal (Kashi Autumn Wheat is a favorite), or morningstar patties or vegetarian corndogs (this is a great on-the-go breakfast too, and only 3 points!) And sometimes on Sundays I make waffles. Another quick one is whole wheat toast with Laughing Cow Cheese.

    I always always eat breakfast, and always have. When I was pregnant, I’d eat it three times to chase off morning sickness!