Struggling with a good breakfast..

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    Apr 12, 2010 1:19 PM GMT
    Can't seem to find a healthy quick way to get energized for the morning... I'm having a hard time figuring out what is the best thing for me to eat that is quick and will get me moving in the morning..
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    Apr 12, 2010 1:26 PM GMT
    I struggle time-wise as well most mornings to work in a proper breakfast.

    I generally have a couple Musashi 30g Protein drinks on the train to work, a piece of fruit or two, and snack on nuts etc. The rest of my meals are generally a lot more substantial, so I think it's not a bad way of doing things icon_smile.gif
  • DanOmatic

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    Apr 12, 2010 1:31 PM GMT
    This is what works for me:

    -banana
    -bowl of oatmeal (old fashioned oats with some 1% milk and sprinkled with flax seeds--about 3 minutes in the microwave--then topped with a little brown sugar)
    -small glass of orange juice
    -cup of green tea

    I'm a "sit down for breakfast" type, and you might want something that's more on the go. But this breakfast will meet a large part of your energy and fiber needs for a good chunk of the day.

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    Apr 12, 2010 2:05 PM GMT
    I do the "intermediate fasting" thing, so breakfast is a non-issue.
    Except for coffee, which is the foundation on which mornings are built.
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    Apr 12, 2010 2:40 PM GMT
    I do whole grain toast with some peanut butter and jelly on it and a glass of water. If I'm still kinda tired when I get up I'll have a cup of coffee or a mountain dew. Then I down a multi-vitamin and I'm good to go.
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    Apr 12, 2010 2:41 PM GMT
    Ensure!
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    Apr 12, 2010 2:44 PM GMT
    I am starving the instant I wake up (4 am), and look forward and allot plenty of time for breakfast. Today was steak and eggs with bacon and fresh minced green peppers (would have added tons of fresh spinach but alas, ran out). Took me years to routinize breakfast into my life properly, I know many people struggle with that.
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    Apr 12, 2010 2:46 PM GMT
    I get a carton of egg whites and make eggs every morning. On Sunday I make a giant fruit salad and guacamole to have with them. I spend about five minutes cooking, most of that time I spend brushing my teeth or making sure my pubic hair doesn't get too close to the stove.
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    Apr 12, 2010 2:53 PM GMT
    Depending on your calorie intake overall, and your diet composition, as well as activity level, as good place to start is with about 40grams of protein, and about 30 grams of complex carbs, and about 30 grams of simple carbs.

    Toast, bacon and eggs, really aren't very good choices. Better choices would be lean meat, and complex carbs from oatmeal, or grits, or farina. With just a bit of juice, but, not much.

    Absolutely stay away from things like pancakes, with syrup...(way to much sugar), and avoid things like cheese and milk (way to much saturated fat). Absolutely avoid fried bread (things like Pop-Tarts), which are just horrible for you.

    Sugar cereals should be thrown in the trash. They're terrible for you. You may as well eat sugar from the bag.

    Take the following rule to heart:
    Breakfast like a king, dinner like a prince, supper like a pauper.

    Breakfast should be the largest meal of your day, once you get used to eating properly.
  • Timbales

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    Apr 12, 2010 3:19 PM GMT
    I usually have plain instant oatmeal with a tablespoon of real maple syrup. For protein I have 4 egg whites and 1 full egg scrambled. It takes me about 5 minutes to make.
  • masculumpedes

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    Apr 12, 2010 4:06 PM GMT
    2 cups of black coffee each morning do it for me

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    Apr 12, 2010 4:29 PM GMT
    for busy people I don't think instant oatmeal could be any easier or better. I usually pair it with a portable fruit like an apple or banana and I'm out the door!
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    Apr 12, 2010 4:47 PM GMT
    The best breakfast i have is from an Australian Nutritionist called Cyndi o'meara

    I have this every morning and it keeps me going to lunch - as my work is physical it would probably keep most going longer


    1 cup of rolled oats soaked in 1 cup of orange juice left in the fridge over night

    In the morning chop up one apple, one orange, a mashed up banana, some almonds, some sultanas and some coconut, a little natural yoghurt - mix it all up and you have it - super yummy icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 12, 2010 4:48 PM GMT


    Just a question, when people use egg whites (4 or 6 etc) what do you do with the yolks?

    Do you throw them away?



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    Apr 12, 2010 4:50 PM GMT
    Protein shakes, particularly RTD protein shakes along with a piece of fruit (banana, apple, raisens, etc.) can be a life saver when trying to get out of the house in the morning
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    Apr 12, 2010 5:02 PM GMT
    thanks for all the good suggestions.. very helpful now if I can just find a new workout partner..
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    Apr 12, 2010 5:17 PM GMT
    Banana
    Oatmeal
    OJ
    Protein shake
    sometimes a Star Bucks Coffee
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    Apr 12, 2010 5:40 PM GMT
    I'm an early riser (0500) and like a previous poster I am usually famished. "First Breakfast" is pretty standard for me. A bowl of raw, old-fashioned oats (12oz), a handful of dried cranberries, blueberries or raisins, a cup of raw almonds, a banana, and soymilk (8oz). I also drink two cups of dark strong coffee with some soymilk added to buffer the acid.

    Then, it's the gym. I'm usually there around 0600-0630 and do on average an hour which includes cardio.

    When I get home from the gym, it's time for "Second Breakfast". Usually this consists of 4 whole eggs over easy on top of a bowl of spinach (4-6oz) and brown rice (8oz). I use olive oil or butter for the eggs.

    I don't worry about the yolks because my cholesterol, triglycerides, and other metabolic composite panel indicators are well below any danger zone. I'm also 4.7% body fat, so I'm not worried about the extra fat.

    Each person's metabolism is different. So, what I do may not work for somebody else.

    Aloha and Be Well!

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    Apr 12, 2010 6:38 PM GMT
    "10-Minute Energizing Oatmeal

    This is a delicious complete breakfast and a perfect way to start your day!

    Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutes

    Ingredients:
    1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
    2 cups water
    sea salt to taste
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 cup raisins
    1/4 sliced almonds
    1 cup soymilk or skim milk
    1 TBS blackstrap molasses


    Directions:

    Bring the water and salt to a boil in a saucepan, then turn the heat to low and add the oats.
    Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly so that the oatmeal will not clump together. Add cinnamon, raisins and almonds, stir, cover the pan and turn off heat. Let sit for 5 minutes. Serve with milk and sweetener.

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    Poached Eggs over Spinach & Mushrooms

    Don't reserve this meal just for breakfast; it's great for lunch or dinner as well. You may not think to enjoy vegetables with eggs, but it is a wonderful combination and a way to include more vegetables in your Healthiest Way of Eating. Frozen vegetables are a good choice when fresh is not available and it is also very convenient when you don't have much time. Enjoy!

    Prep and Cook Time: 20 minutes

    Ingredients:
    4 large free-range chicken eggs
    1 tsp light vinegar, (rice, white wine, or apple cider)
    1 TBS chicken or vegetable broth
    ½ medium onion, chopped
    2 cups sliced crimini mushrooms
    1 medium tomato, seeds and excess pulp removed, chopped
    3 medium cloves garlic, chopped
    10 oz package frozen spinach, thawed and excess water removed
    salt and black pepper to taste


    Directions:

    Chop onions and garlic and let sit for 5 minutes to enhance their health-promoting properties.
    Bring water to a high simmer in a 10-inch skillet with 1 tsp of vinegar.
    In a separate skillet heat 1 TBS broth. Healthy Sauté onion and mushrooms in broth for 3 minutes over medium heat stirring frequently.
    Add tomato, garlic, spinach, salt and pepper and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.
    When water comes to a high simmer poach eggs for about 5 minutes, or until whites are firm. Remove from water with a slotted spoon and place over spinach mixture.

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    Apr 12, 2010 7:01 PM GMT
    Thisuserexists said
    Just a question, when people use egg whites (4 or 6 etc) what do you do with the yolks?

    Do you throw them away?

    Yes.


  • pixel

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    Apr 13, 2010 1:16 PM GMT
    Never Never skip breakfast. If you dont eat breakfast, you will get fat and look idiots.
  • mynyun

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    May 21, 2010 7:03 AM GMT
    GwgTrunks saidI do whole grain toast with some peanut butter and jelly on it and a glass of water. If I'm still kinda tired when I get up I'll have a cup of coffee or a mountain dew. Then I down a multi-vitamin and I'm good to go.



    This is not even enough to get me to THINK about starting the day. LoL.
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    May 21, 2010 7:44 AM GMT
    For me - I might tend to put on some weight I don't want. For breakfast now, I like to have some granola; skim milk; fruit (banana or pineapple) & yogurt.

    In my H20-polo playing days, I ate anything - eggs, pancakes, ham, you name it. I can't eat like that now and look good. (I don't even want to stuff all that food into me!)
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    May 21, 2010 7:45 AM GMT
    I usually start off with a double serving of whole grain cereal with low fat milk to get my day started with a good protein source and good carbs.

    Then my 2nd breakfast usually consists of 3 hard boiled eggs or 3 servings of egg beaters or 3/4 cup of egg whites with some cheese (for taste and texture).

    So breakfast usually gives me close to 60 grams of protein and 60-80 grams of carbs.

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    May 21, 2010 9:12 AM GMT
    Fruit and yogurt is the best way to wake up. However that is just an appetizer for my eggs.