My top work-week breakfasts…
Not sure about you guys, but I know when I am trying to eat healthy and fore-go my late night snacking and/or bowl of cereal, it makes me SUPER hungry in the morning. I wake up at 5:30am and usually the first thing I do is chug a big glass of water. I used to despise water in the morning, but have grown to NEED it. FIRST thing. But anyway, if I then get to work around 6:30am my next thing is coffee and skim milk. (Sometimes some chocolaty nesquik thrown in there too if I am feeling spunky… like this morning!) A cup of coffee and internet surfing will hold off my growling tummy until about 8:00 am. Then the fun starts…
Monday- Chobani Greek Yogurt (Pineapple) with Kashi GoLean Crunch Cereal (Honey Almond Flax)
This is just classic. Creamy Greek yogurt, any flavor is good, with crunchy Kashi cereal mixed in. Sometimes I get really snazzy and mix berries or peaches in too. This breakfast is good for satisfying a cereal craving. I keep a box of Kashi at my desk, and eat it not only with yogurt, but I have also eaten it with just milk and mixed into my oatmeal for added crunch texture. Beware this cereal does stay super crunchy- don’t wait for it to soften up or else it’ll be lunch time already. Health-wise this is also good. Greek yogurt is known for being high in protein, and the Kashi cereal box boasts “as much protein as an egg.” A serving of the cereal is 1 cup, however I usually use more like a half cup in yogurt. Protein and fiber are good in the morning to keep you feeling full (especially when you have a long stretch until lunch). Note my mug from the Great Smoky Mountains! I wanna go back there...
The nutritional stats:
Chobani (Pineapple, 2%):
Serving: 1 Container
Total Fat: 2.5g
Bonus: 13% DV Calcium
Kashi GoLean Crunch (Honey Almond Flax):
Serving: 1 cup
Total Fat: 4.5g
Bonus: 8% DV Iron
Tuesday- Cream of Wheat (Instant) with Brown Sugar
Hello Gram’s house! This was my favorite breakfast as a little girl, the cream of wheat so thick and creamy with milk and way-too-much sugar mixed in. As I grew and my Gram passed away I learned to make it for myself, but it just wasn’t the same. I hadn’t bothered making it for myself in a long time since oatmeal became the new ‘healthy’ hot breakfast of choice. But as I was looking in the oatmeal isle a couple weeks ago, I noticed they now make instant cream of wheat packets with no added sugar and my heart melted! I also looked at the nutritional stats (which I don’t think I had EVER looked at for cream of wheat) and was amazed. Oh that enriched farina. I think I made a bowl that night as soon as I got it home from the store. I brought the packets into work along with a small container of brown sugar so now I can spend any morning I want pretending I am at Gram’s table eating her cream of wheat.
Instant Cream of Wheat:
Serving: 1 Packet
Total Fat: <1g
Bonus: 30% DV Vitamin A, 25% DV Vitamin B6, 25% DV Vitamin D, 70% DV Iron, 20% DV Calcium
Adding a splash of skim milk and a couple teaspoons of sugar probably adds 60 or so calories. I ate some kiwi and honeydew melon a bit later in the morning as well.
Wednesday- Microwaved Egg & Spinach with Cheddar Cheese on an English Muffin
Best idea ever award goes to my friend Holly for alerting me to the fact that I can microwave an egg in a bowl and it turns into a perfectly cooked scrambled egg ball. I came to work prepared with a scrambled egg (1 egg + 1 egg white) in a Tupperware container (also mixed in some chopped fresh spinach, salt, & pepper), a slice of cheddar cheese in a baggie, and an English muffin (“Light Multigrain”- 100 calories and best punch of fiber- even better than the “high fiber” labeled ones- this irks my nerves to no end). Pop the english muffin in a toaster, open the egg container and pop that in the microwave for a minute (the egg fluffs up until you are scared it might overflow out of the container), then assemble it all for a perfect warm breakfast Sammie! Oooh it would also be good with a piece of Canadian bacon on top or mixed in with the egg. I won’t list out all the stats, but it has fiber, protein, calcium, and good calories & fats (total sandwich about 300 calories). Plus if there is a way to mix veggies in with my first meal of the day- I’m already ahead of the game.
Thursday- PB & B with Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Toast
Say whaaaat? That would be Peanut Butter & Banana (PB&B) on toast. Ezekiel Sprouted Grains toast. What is the deal with sprouted grains?
“Sprouting is the only way to release all the vital nutrients stored in whole grains. The sprouting process activates beneficial enzymes which cause the grains to sprout and become living and nutrient-rich. Stores of vitamins and minerals dramatically increase over the amount available in flour. Sprouting also converts the carbohydrates in grains into maltose, which is ordinarily done by the body during digestion, thereby predigesting nutrients for you. The enzymatic action enables the body to assimilate the vitamins and minerals more efficiently. Plus, the sprouting process naturally increases the protein content and decreases the calories and carbohydrates found in the original grain.” - http://www.foodforlife.com/faqs
All I knew was that if my nutritionally-conscious blog counterparts are obsessed, then there must be something good.
“Inspired by the Holy Scripture verse Ezekiel 4:9., "Take also unto thee Wheat, and Barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and Spelt, and put them in one vessel, and make bread of it..."
Ezekiel 4:9® Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Products are: Flourless, Organic, Complete Protein, and Sprouted Whole Grain
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Holy bread! How does one find this mysterious “Ezekiel Spouted Grain” bread? And then one day there it was. In the ever-expanding ‘organic/gluten-free/health’ frozen foods isle in Giant! Yay! I bought it and keep it in the freezer, and just pull out slice by slice as needed. The calories per slice are a little more dense (especially if you are used to buying ‘light’ versions of breads) but with this one you are using it as a partial protein source. It is also very textured and nutty tasting, but I like that! I would eat 2 slices in a morning. (2 slices + PB + Banana = Around 450 calories) Here are the stats:
Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Toast:
Serving: 1 Slice
Total Fat: <1g
Friday- Green Monster!