Thursday, February 17, 2011

What's for Breakfast?

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I find that when I eat a very hearty breakfast, I am less hungry the rest of the day. Sometimes, I even still feel full through lunch and forget to eat lunch. Don't worry, I am making a conscious effort not to skip meals. I also feel more energetic and think less about snacking. This morning I had:

mashed pinto beans
2 eggs (over easy cooked in Pam)
salsa
1 slice of multigrain bread
a little neufchatel
black cherry raspberry blood orange preserves (1/2 the calories of regular preserves but very yummy)
a large cup of coffee
creamer

Total calories: approx. 500 calories

Some of you are probably saying, "Whew...that's a lot of calories for breakfast!" You would be right, but considering I will only have a salad which consists of baby spring greens, zucchini, tomato and some oven baked turkey for lunch, it balances out. Sometimes I'm still full that I will only have a banana for lunch. If you would also notice that most everything above is very healthy. Pinto beans is a great lean protein, eggs have protein and other beneficial nutrients, even the preserves have a ton of antioxidants.

The calories that I am allowed to have in a day is 1500. That is when I am able to work out 60 min. a day, 6 days a week. The weight loss is not fast, but is easier to maintain. With the extra strength training that I am doing I'm finding I need more calories to have the energy to do the exercises correctly.

If I just have a bowl of cereal and fruit, I find that I am hungry through out the day. Food is constantly on my mind, and those are the days that I seem to give in to more snacks. Having a hearty breakfast sets me for the rest of the day and snacking is really brought to a minimum.

Keep in mind that everyone is different. I know some people that just hate breakfast, and that's okay. God created us as unique individuals. Do what works for you, but make sure it is working.

What do you have for breakfast?
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