A while ago I wrote a post on a light, healthy breakfast that I might make on the weekends. To fit with the medical study I'm in, I shoot for less than 500 calories for breakfast. I thought I'd share other options for breakfast that I'm experimenting with.
My normal is still a cup of yogurt mixed with a crunchy cereal, or fresh fruit.
|Figure: Breakfast example - varies based on contents of my fridge and pantry on any given day.|
Calories: yogurt (100 cal) + 1/2C. Fiber One cereal (60 cal) + 1/4C. raisins (130 cal) = 290 cal and 14g fiber.
But when I have time I like a change of pace, and I've found a nice portable option is muffins. (They also freeze well - hi Grandma!) Muffins can be tricky, because they CAN be just little cakes - pretending to be healthy, but full of sugar and fat.
However I noticed on the back of my crunchy cereal box, there was a recipe for fiber muffins. That can't be all bad, right?
|Figure: Inspiration strikes!|
|Figure: A little smaller than my usual muffins. A good portion of the batter didn't make it into the cups...|
Then I got really fancy, and decided to try orange fruit cups. This is a recipe from Cooking Light, from the subscription I get (hi Grandma again!).
|Figure: Gourmet is what that is, I'm telling you.|
Calories: get this, it's only 80 calories per cup. Fruit! It's amazing!
And finally, here's what I made this Sunday - cinnamon-spiced bananas.
|Figure: Add bananas, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon to pot. Heat.|
|Figure: Reduction de banana, you might say.|
But come on, it was Sunday.
I had it over ice cream. For lunch. :)
But still! The calories: 1C. banana heaven + 1/2C. vanilla ice cream = 422 calories.
Ice cream as calorie-conscious brunch? It's a stretch I'm willing to make. :)