When it comes to healthy eating battle cries this has to be one of the most common ones. However, despite the scientific evidence proving the statement above to be true quite there are a great deal of people who choose to skip off on breakfast before starting their day. For some folks it is simply because the allure of sleeping an extra 30 minutes is too great to pass up. If you’re trying to lose weight you may skip off on breakfast because you’re not sure of the healthy, low-calorie options that are out there. Many of the popular breakfast options that we’re familiar with such as pancakes, doughnuts, fried eggs, and biscuits with sausage gravy really don’t fall into the “light” category.
Not every breakfast has to be a big bowl of Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs. If you’re looking for a healthier way to start your day I have five options that may just tickle your fancy.
Yogurt with Strawberries
Quarter 3 large strawberries and mix them in a bowl with 3/4 cup of Dannon Light & Fit nonfat vanilla yogurt. Studies suggest that dairy products can aid in weight loss efforts, and if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t enjoy drinking a glass of plain white milk yogurt is a tasty way to add dairy into your daily routine. Strawberries are a dense and tasty fruit that give you a lot of bang for your calorie buck, and the combination of the two makes for a great breakfast.
98 Calories, 0.3 g fat, 1.2 g fiber, 20.2 g carbohydrates, 2 Weight Watchers® POINTS
Scrambled Eggs with Cheese
Scramble half a cup of Egg Beaters in a non-stick pan. If you prefer to use some kind of oil a one second spray of Pam or the equivalent thereof will work just fine. Egg beaters not only have the advantage of having fewer calories than eggs, they are lower in cholesterol levels as well. When the eggs are done cooking toss 1/2 ounce of fat free shredded cheese on top and let it melt before eating.
89.5 Calories, 0g fat, 0g fiber, 3g carbohydrates, 2 Weight Watchers® POINTS
Toss two slices of Nature’s Own Double Fiber Wheat Bread into the toaster and cook to your preferred level of toasty goodness. Hit each piece of toast with 5 sprays of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray and top with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 packet of Splenda.
We now pause to sing the toast song.
92 calories, 2g fat, 12.4g fiber, 23.8g carbohydrates, 1 Weight Watchers® POINT
Bagel with a schmear
I admit that I had to fudge this one a little to make it work for my 100 calorie or less experiment, but I figure the opportunity to plug these delicious bagels is worth it. At only 110 calories the Western Bagel Alternative Bagels are a wonderfully dense and tasty option for those of us who love bagels but are terrified of the high calorie cost in eating them. For this option, toast half of one of the Roasted Onion variety and top with 1 tablespoon of Philadelphia Light Onion and Chive Cream Cheese. If that does not take the edge off your hunger you can eat the other half of the bagel with another tablespoon of the cream cheese and still have an incredibly low calorie (but tasty) breakfast.
85 Calories, 2.5g fat, 6g fiber, 13.5g carbohydrates, 1 Weight Watchers® POINT
Cottage Cheese Toast
I kind of feel like I’m cheating a little bit by throwing this one out there as I already have a similar option above with the Cinnamon Toast, but this particular recipe brings back fond memories from my childhood. Turns out that not all the Weight Watchers recipes my Mom forced down my throat were nasty after all. Toast one slice of Nature’s Own Double Fiber Wheat bread and top with 1/8 cup of cottage cheese. Sprinkle the cottage cheese with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon then place a small slice of pineapple on top. Place under the broiler and cook until the cottage cheese turns bubbly and starts to brown. Eat with a knife and fork.
90.5 Calories, 1.5g fat, 5.8g fiber, 18.5g carbohydrates, 1 Weight Watchers® POINT
With a little bit of planning and a side order of imagination it’s possible to come up with all kinds of tasty ways to start your day without breaking the calorie bank. Think of it as playing the Min/Max game in your favorite MMORPG and see what kind of interesting combos you can come up with.