Weekday breakfast has always been a challenge for me. What can I eat that is quick and easy but also filling and low in points?! I am NOT a morning person. There is just no way I will get up early to cook. That’s just crazy talk. So, I want a breakfast that I can either eat in my car on my way to work or eat at my desk without disrupting my work.
I had been eating a protein bar. It was quick, easy, and low in points, but not very filling. Getting hungry an hour after eating something is not acceptable to me. It might be acceptable to someone else. Other people might not mind being hungry. I do mind! I know that if I let myself get too hungry, my decision making skills are impaired because I want to eat the first thing I can get my hands on…even if it is not what I would normally choose.
Next I tried oatmeal. Instant oatmeal with fruit (such as apple cinnamon) left me unsatisfied and wanting more. I was also hungry within 60-90 minutes. The staying power definitely improved when I made plain oatmeal and added pumpkin (straight from the can), sweet n low, & pumpkin pie spice. Now that was yummy. I need to have that again soon. That was a suggestion from my WW leader, and what a good one! It also seems like oatmeal made from straight oats is more filling than instant oatmeal from a packet. I assume the oatmeal in a packet must be more processed or something. I’m not really sure why, but it is just less filling!
More recently, I have been eating eggs and sausage. That’s right, I did say eggs and sausage. But how is that easy or low in points? Well, let me tell you!
As I mentioned earlier, I am not going to get up early to cook a full breakfast during the week! So instead of making scrambled eggs or an omelet, I am having two medium hard boiled eggs. Eggs are a great source of protein and 2 medium eggs is only 3 points. Yipee! The super easy way to enjoy hard boiled eggs is to buy them already boiled and in a bag. It sounds a little weird, but they are just plain old hard boiled eggs! I just stumbled upon these in the store the other day. Of course they are more expensive that way, but it might be worth it if you are short on time. I bought one bag to see if I would enjoy them enough to make it worth my time to boil my own. Well, I have been enjoying it so much that I just boiled an entire dozen, peeled them, and separated them into individual snack bags. That way they are ready for me to “grab and go” in the morning which is even quicker than hitting a drive thru! An added benefit of having hard boiled eggs on hand is that I can have one in a salad if I want. I LOVE hard boiled eggs in salad, but I never wanted to mess with making just one egg. Problem solved.
But, wait, what about the sausage?! Oh yeah, sausage. Yum. I bought frozen turkey sausage links. They are Banquet brand (only $1 per box) and cook up nicely in the microwave from frozen! They taste great, are super easy, and are only 1 point each. I normally have 2 links (1 per egg). I bought a box to leave at work so when I’m ready, I just grab two links from the freezer and pop them in the microwave. Then I eat my links along with my hard boiled eggs. It is delicious and very filling! This combo seems to keep me full for at least 2 hours and sometimes even closer to 3 hours.
Anyone else have any good breakfast ideas? I’d love to hear them! Everyone says breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make it great! Studies show that people who eat breakfast are LESS likely to overeat throughout the day, and who wouldn’t love that?