Breakfast: My Favorite Meal of the Day

Breakfast, I'm into it.  I'm also a morning person, so it's possible these two things are related.  I believe in two things:  1) eat breakfast & 2) either eat the same thing every morning or rotate through 2-3 set options.  I'm a rotator, mostly because my breakfast needs change depending on whether or not I work-out in the morning.  

I don't want to make this all about calories, but I know, like me, a lot of you track your food on MyFitnessPal.  My daily calorie goal is 1,500 & I use 200 - 300 of that on breakfast.

This is my standard breakfast.  It's good on cold mornings & it keeps me full on days when I forget a mid-morning snack or have a late lunch.  I use whatever berries are at the store that week.  In the winter months, I use jelly instead of fresh fruit.  In the summer, I'm likely to swap the oatmeal for Fage Greek Yogurt.

1 packet Trader Joe's Organic Oats & Flax Instant Oatmeal, 150 calories

1 tbsp Trader Joe's Organic Raw Walnut Halves & Pieces, 75 calories

Fresh strawberries, 9 calories

2 cups coffee (not pictured), 5 calories

Total calories:  239

I love waffles, but quit eating them until recently because I wanted to eat them slathered in butter & syrup.  Turns out, I like them just as much with peanut butter & jelly.  And I only need one waffle, not two.  The grapefruit is a new addition.  I'm into it.  For lower calorie days, I only eat half the grapefruit.

1 Van's Totally Natural Waffle, 75 calories

1 tbsp Skippy Natural Peanut Butter, 95 calories

1 tbsp jelly, 20 calories

1 whole Ruby Red grapefruit, 97 calories

2 cups coffee (not pictured), 5 calories

Total calories:  292

This is my favorite breakfast.  I only eat it once or twice a week & I save it for the mornings where I do a hard work-out.  You know, like a 3-mile run & a 90 minute swim.  


days.  Do I need cheese AND avocado?  Nope.  Do I do it anyway?  Yep.

There are smarter, lower calorie ways to eat this:  no cheese (DUH); no cheese & only 1/4 avocado; or half a Laughing Cow wedge & 1/4 avocado, which you can mix together & spread on the tortilla (it's really good that way).

1 La Tortilla Factory - Soft Wraps Mini Fiesta, 50 calories

1 egg, 70 calories

1/8 cup, shredded cheese, 55 calories

1/2 avocado, 114 calories

2 cups coffee with splash of Silk Vanilla Almond Milk, 5 calories

Total calories:  294


Let's talk about coffee.  When I first starting using MyFitnessPal, I was using 40 calories a day on half and half.  I needed those 40 calories for other things, like cheese & avocado, so I switched to skim milk.  But the skim milk didn't really doing it for me.  I now use Silk Vanilla Almond Milk.  I don't count it in my calories because it's 90 calories per 1 cup serving & I only use a splash.


Below are two articles I read online this week that spotlight the balance between self acceptance & weight loss.  They're not long & I highly recommend reading both.  The fist article includes this life-changing sentence, "Just refuse to think of life in "fat bad" and "skinny good".


, The Frenemy

My friend


pointed out this awesome quote from the second article, "People who do manage to keep significant weight off, tend to share common habits:  They weigh themselves regularly, limit variety in their diet, eat breakfast, and exercise roughly one hour



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