Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Breakfast Daily!!


This is what I eat. Every. Day. Daily. Each Day. All the time. In the morning. Consistently. Rarely do I deviate from this. The ingredients don't vary either. AND I LOVE IT!!!!

I'm not much of a morning person. Really. I AM thankful to wake each morning with the gift of a new day and I do appreciate the beautiful sky and trees out my bedroom window each morning, etc, etc. If it's warm enough we have coffee on our screened-in porch, and we eeeeaaaassseee into the day on those when we have that luxury of not having to rush off somewhere, and I am grateful. Ever so so grateful.
And I can say that a source of my daily poor eating habits started right there in the morning for many decades. I didn't want to think a lot about what I was going to eat and then fix that thing, whatever it was. So if it was wrapped and in the drawer, and all I had to do was unwrap it and it tasted good, so much the better. How about a twinkie, anyone? Poptart?
Well, that only works for so long. And about two years ago, I figured out it wasn't working anymore. (Read 'about me')
So now this is what I eat. It's one cup of Non-Fat PLAIN yogurt! I start out with frozen blueberries, I buy a big bag at one of our local wholesale type stores and I use about 3/4 cup. I put them in a microwave safe bowl zap them for a minute to let them soften, then add the cup of NFP yogurt. I cut up one banana (I refrigerate my bananas as soon as they get ripe, I like them cold) into it, I had a few almonds* and a few dried cranberries, sprinkled on top are two cereals, just a sprinkling of each. Right now I'm using two different Kashi cereals. Kashi Go-Lean Crunch and Kashi Sunshine. I mix it all together and it tastes great.
The important thing is I'm not hungry all morning long. It really fills me up with the dairy, fruit, the cereal, the almonds. I don't get mid-morning munchies. This is really key for me as a lot of times I'm working around my house dangerously close to my kitchen....
Or my former temptation when I'm out during the day was to stop at Starbucks. I'm still a fan of Starbucks. But you know that pastry case they used to have in every store? You used to have to stand in front of it to get to the Barista to place your order... It is GONE!!!!!! At least in my mind. (I know they didn't really remove the pastry cases from S-bucks, I'm pretending they did. In my mind, they do not exist) In my former life stopping at S-bucks meant visiting that case too. Having a nutritionally sound full breakfast causes me to not have the ups and downs which crave the sweets they used to keep in that case....
About those *almonds I mentioned, I keep a small dish of RAW almonds and dried cranberries on my countertop. It is another of my favorite strategies to fight off the 'hungries.' Raw almonds are not roasted in oil and salt, therefore are much healthier for you. They are easy to find in most markets, I believe. I have not been able to find dried cranberries which don't have a least a little sugar in them. I'm told they use the sugar partly as a preservative and without it the cranberries would be hard little pebbles. I don't know if that is the case. But I'm risking a small amount of sugar in the cranberries because the ratio of sugar to cranberry and almond, can't be that high, and it still works. When I feel I need a little snack, sometimes when I'm cooking dinner, esp. if it's running late, munching on a few of those will hold me over until mealtime. This is a huge improvement over previous alternatives and I keep it readily available for emergencies, always!! It's also the same mixture I put in my breakfast above.
Remember to eat breakfast, it IS the most important meal of the day to get your metabolism going and start you eating healthfully all day long!
Okay, so now I've shared a few more of my new life-survival tips with you. Enjoy!!

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