So I’ve been thinking about this whole eating healthier thing and how I’ve looked around for awesome things to eat. I mean, it’s really exciting to make the decision to live a healthier lifestyle, but then you also have to take into account the reality of having to plan out your meals for the day.
Honestly, yes, it’s a pain in the ass. But it’s worth it. I always wonder what other people eat when they’re trying to be healthier but also have a normal job and not tons of time, but often find that it’s apparently a deep and dark secret that not many people will share.
Yes, there are recipes online for healthy eating, but let’s be realistic here, we don’t all have an hour in the morning before work to prepare a beautiful spinach and feta egg white fritatta. So today, I thought it might be kind of nice to talk about some of the quick and easy things I bring with me to work for breakfast, or what I do when I don’t have time to bring food with me, etc. Don’t worry, lunch and dinner are not going to be forgotten about, but this post would end up being way too long if I included both!
Breakfast has been probably one of the easier meals to plan. To start, the most important rule to follow, (and perhaps you should be prepared to have your mind blown) is to EAT BREAKFAST. Without it, you’re killing your metabolism. I think I’m just always hungry anyway so skipping breakfast would probably make me a cranky Franky, so I never miss it. That being said, I like to switch things up depending on if I’ve gone grocery shopping and what I’m in the mood for.
If I’ve gone shopping, my typical breakfast is a 6oz. cup of Lucerne Greek nonfat yogurt, a banana, a little low-cal cereal (Kix, Special K), and 2 Brown ‘n serve turkey sausage patties.
The yogurt is 130 calories but has 11g of protein and is delicious. I add the turkey sausage to my breakfast for extra protein and to balance the sweet vs. salty, and 2 patties are 90 calories. You can’t go wrong with some cereal in the yogurt for crunch, or just on the side. I had been doing granola but the extra calories didn’t seem worth it to me, so I switched for a little cereal at 110 calories per serving (less if I go with Kix). I usually eat my banana between breakfast and lunch as a little snack to keep me going through the morning. In total, my breakfast tends to be around 325-400 calories and I always feel full and good.
On days where I’m just flat out lazy and didn’t pack myself breakfast, you’d think, OH NO Danielle, what are you going to do? Are you going to eat horrible doughnuts or a scone? Well no, I’m not. I’m fortunate enough to work in downtown Seattle, so there are probably 5 Starbucks within 2 blocks of where I work (no joke). While I don’t LOVE their espresso, the drip coffee isn’t bad. And they also have awesome breakfast sandwiches/wraps that vary between 280-320 calories.
Lately I’ve been going with the Spinach and Feta Egg white wrap, for 280 calories and plenty of protein. Today, I was feeling a little saucy and went with a turkey bacon breakfast sandwich. 320 calories, lots of protein, and pretty delicious. I pair that up with an iced coffee with some Equal and a touch of nonfat milk, and I’ve got myself an awesome breakfast. Comes out to around 360 calories. when I go with the wrap, it’s around 320.. Not bad!
Weekends are nice because I can actually take the time to make us food, or myself something if Matt is more in the mood to do his own thing. I’ve now made us those amazing whole wheat-buttermilk waffles a few times, but I’m also a fan of doing egg beater scrambles.. Usually I’ll put in one turkey sausage, feta cheese, and spinach. Often I’ll have a piece of fruit on the side and a cup of low-cal cereal. I’ve considered getting some awesome 100-calorie high fiber English Muffins when I’m having a craving for toast on the side, but haven’t hit that point quite yet.
So yeah, that’s what my typical breakfast consists of! I switch it up so I don’t get tired of one thing or another. I try to keep breakfast around the 300-400 calorie range, sometimes spreading it out through the morning to keep my metabolism going.
That being said, as much as I love my current breakfasts, I would love to hear from some of you what your breakfasts are all about, especially quick and easy ones you can eat in the office, calories, and any other stuff you feel is important.