Hi all, I really don't have time in the mornings to make and eat anything other than breakfast cereal...does anyone have any suggestions for a healthy kind though?
Haven't seen this posted yet, but lately I'm enjoying Post Great Grains with pecans. Great flavor, crunch, and the nuts are plentiful and help keep you full. Oatmeal is great too, and you can do a recipe search for Crockpot Oatmeal and use a variety of add-ins.
This is a no brainer that I ran across kind of by accident. Crock pot + steel cut oats from health food store. Cover with water, put on low for about 8 hours. Check regularly and add water as needed. Store in container in fridge. It looks like a gooey mess. Scoup quantity you need, add whatever you like to it...bananas, blueberries, milk, sweetener, etc., heat & eat. Lasts for about 2 weeks in fridge and is an instant nutritious breakfast that sticks longer than all the other cereals listed in responses!
Belvita... OMGG I only got them last night and YUMMMMMY.. had them with A Glass of milk this am...
I'm a vegan college student, so I've sought out these 2 high-protein options:
-kashi golean original (13g protein/140cal/1 cup)
-special k protein plus (13 g protein/133 cal/1cup)
Kashi has the advantage of not crumbling into dust, so you can measure it accurately.
if you're not worried about protein, there's cheerios and puffed cereals (I forget the brand but I used to eat puffed kamut, wheat, and millet...)
keep in mind that any flavored cereal is going to be high in sugar. even Kashi. if it has 'honey' in the name, that's a bad sign.
I do not have time for even a bowl of cereal so I have starting using my magic bullet (blender), added my favorite fruit, soy or skim milk, optional yogurt and a meal replacement product such as Ensure or Naturade powder. Mixed it the night before then placed it in the refridgerator. Grabbed it in the morning with my morning coffee. While my coffee was cooling down drank the delicious and calorie controlled shake while getting ready for work. This has greatly contributed to my 10 pounds of loss since September 22.
i love honey nut cheerios with slices of banana in it with fat free milk
talk about yummmmmmmmmm
Fiber One (the noodle looking one) is great mixed with Greek yogurt and a little honey. I also like oats (or barley flakes or both) mixed with milk at night and eaten next day with a little honey or a few golden raisins
Anyone has time to make a more healthy breakfast, simply go out & purchase the Hampton Beach single serving blender (the top comes off & you can take it with you) Put together a good green smoothie & add some protein powder it takes no more time than making a bowl of cereal. Heres one I enjoy (no you can't taste the spinach)....
1 cup non fat milk
1/2 cup non fat vanilla greek yogurt
1 scoop of Whey Protein Powder, vanilla
6 frozen unsweetened strawberries (or you can use 1 cup of another fruit you like)
1/2 med. banana (I purchase a bunch, cut them up in halves (sliced) and freeze them)
Add the above ingreds. to blender as listed, blend til smooth. Add 2 cups of baby spinach or kale (using a spoon or butter knife--push towards bottom). Blend again til smooth....takes less than 5 mins to make....Pop off the top & enjoy your smoothie as you go out the door to work & it fits in most cup holders! You can find more smoothie recipes (fruit & veggie or just plain fruit smoothies) online just google smoothie recipes & enjoy! Great for a post workout smoothie too!
I keep it simple.
Plan old bran flakes cereal with a scoop of whey protein (usually chocolate) and skim milk.
You get your bran, SUPER low-fat, fiber, carbs, casein protein, whey protein (quick infusion from the lack of protein overnight) and very easy to portion manage... not to mention it's chocolate flavored!!!
I buy puffed wheat cereal or puffed rice cereal or I buy quaker oats cereal.
No added sugars or anything else. I add my own sweetners and fruits to it.
I also eat bars in the AM and like Luna Bars and Mojo Bars the best. Fiber One bars are a great snack.
Another favorite breakfast is fat-free cottage cheese with fruit. Whole wheat toast (I like the extra fiber kind) with peanut butter & a piece of fruit is also a good option.
I love Kashi Go Lean. The regular not the clusters which are loaded with sugars. It is high in protein and fiber. Sometimes I use non-fat milk, sometimes non fat yogurt.
I make smoothies with 1 c yogurt, 1/2 c fresh or frozen cranberries, 1 banana, and about 2 cups of fresh or frozen mixed fruits. A lot of times I use Dole's frozen mixed fruit but mix it up a bit by adding blueberries, strawberries, mango, etc. Be creative. I also add 1 t of cinnamon. I do not add ice or other liquid. Depending on the yogurt you might need to add a t of honey. After blending all I pour into containers and freeze. These make quick breakfasts for the morning or a snack for later in the day. I like to eat them while still crunchy while still frozen but my husband sticks his in the micro to soften.
Special K with banana or kiwi. store brand's are identical (and cheaper). I love unflavored almond milk in my cereal. only 40 calories a cup which saves 60 calories if using 1% milk. It has more calcium. Sometimes I eat this for dinner when I don't feel like cooking. Whip up smoothies to drink on the go. Try 1 cup of almond milk, 1 banana, 1 heaping tsp. of unprocessed cocoa powder and ice. Cocoa has the highest antioxidant content. I read that regular milk doesn't allow for absorption of the antioxidants. So, use soy or almond milk. so delicious and only 150 calories. after I am at work I will have a hard boiled egg or cup of oatmeal to tide me over until lunch. I make little ziplock bags with 1/2 cup oatmeal, a little brown sugar and raisins - when I get to work all I have to do is add some water and pop in the microwave. Fruit smoothies are great too - the possibilities are endless. You know that citris fruits are fat burners so I will juice 1/2 lemon or 1/2 orange to put in them. Try 1/2 juice from an orange, 1/2 cup almond milk, heaping tsp. of honey, low fat yogurt and ice...whip it up in a blender and you have an orange smoothie. So good.
I like to make oatmeal in a large batch using whole oats and any kind of fruit like apples or peaches. You can add some almonds or pecans as well. It reheats great, just a quick zap in the microwave and you're all set. You can make it on the weekend or in the evening! Add a bit of honey or molasses to sweeten it up!
I make a recipe that I call "My weird oatmeal."
1/2 cup Old Fashioned Quaker Oatmeal-
1 scoop Protein powder-42g,
1/3 cup skim milk powder,
1 Tbsp Cranberries, dried, sweetened
1 tsp Cinnamon, ground,
1/2 tsp Ginger, ground, .
1/3 tsp Turmeric, ground, .
1/3 tsp Nutmeg, ground,
1/3 tsp Pepper, black,
1 cup Water,
Mix all ingredients in a glass microwavable bowl. Microwave 2 minutes 2 seconds. Let cool completely, Can be refrigerated
Number of Servings: 1
I fix this the night before, put it in the refrigerator and eat it on my way to work the next day.
Original Post by carmenxox:
There really is none.. except maybe Ezekiel cereals.
Even 'healthy' cereals are overly processed to make them edible.. if it has more then 5 ingredients on the label, don't buy it. Even if you do find something healthy enough, chances are you will be hungry in an hour.
Even my younger sister who knows hardly anything about nutrition, knows that cereal, regardless of brand or type, is NOT filling. Nobody in my family eats cereal because YOU WILL be hungry very shortly after, and it is so easy to overeat it. Does anyone really eat the proper 30g serving size??
You say you don't have time? I call bull. If you have time to sit down and eat a bowl of cereal then you have time to grab a piece of fruit and a couple hard boiled eggs and head out the door... and guess what. You can eat those in the car if you want!! AND, get this: this meal will be 100x more satisfying then cereal!
All it takes is a little prep work. Hard boil a dozen eggs on sunday, and you'll have easy snacks for the week. Pre cut veggies or fruit. Make a big salad. Bake some chicken breasts, make a big batch of crock pot oatmeal.. etc. If you do a little planning, it will make your life a whole lot easier.
AGREE AGREE AGREE- hot old fashioned plain oats, with a serving of protein powder- read labels- cereal is one of the biggest dietary mishaps ever.
Original Post by tinakalvelage:
Oh, I forgot, I also eat Buckwheat hot cereal in the mornings, yummy, especially since its getting colder out. I am gluten intolerant so can't eat cream of wheat and the like - I also have Crohn's disease so can't eat oat meal, so I venture out to try to find new things!
Buckwheat sounds fabulous- gluten intolerant here too- I occasionally have the gluten free oats/ hot cereal mix but do love the taste of buckwheat. However, I have a sweet potato and tuna or protein shake. Much more filling than cereal to me
I like Kelloggs Raisin Bran Crunch. It has 280 calories, but it's enough to keep me going . . .
Why not make your own?
I use rolled oats as the base and then add nuts, raisins, seeds and top it with chopped raw apple (one of your five-a-day) and eat it with skimmed milk. If you weigh everything you can get an accurate calory count and know that it's completely healthy as there's no added salt, sugar or fat. And it's cheaper than a branded breakfast food! Also very easy to eat quickly you're pushed for time in the morning.
I will admit to adding a teaspoon of maple syrup as a Sunday treat.....
It's really filling - and I think completely delicious!