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What’s For Breakfast?

by Erika Nicole Kendall

Click the photo above for my chocolate granola recipe!

This is a question that I always get, so I figured I’d hand it over to y’all, because my answer’s so unfun.

What do I eat for breakfast? A grapefruit. A lonely grapefruit, occasionally some sunflower seeds and about 32oz of water. [insert pouty face] Not very interesting.

I chop my grapefruit in half, then in quarters, then I split the quarters into halves. This way, I’ve got small pieces that I can eat with my hands, it takes a while for me to eat, and I can leave breakfast feeling satisfied and ready to hit the road. I can also hit the road with my grapefruit if I need to do so. Then again, since I eat every couple of hours, it fits my schedule perfectly.

I am often asked, “Well.. if I’m supposed to give up my Lucky Toast Life Crunch cereal, what am I supposed to eat?”

For starters, I think it’s OK to go with something slightly carby for breakfast. Not sugary sweet, but something naturally rich in fiber and maybe even with a little protein to help you feel full longer. Oatmeal (not those good-for-nothing packets, either), a peanut butter sandwich, granola, fruit… the possibilities are endless! And since sometimes we all need a little help coming up with creative ways to avoid the cereal aisle, I’m opening it up to you!

What’s in your healthy breakfast?

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Elita @ Blacktating May 25, 2010 - 10:05 AM

Oatmeal or a low sugar cereal like corn flakes. One cup of cereal, one cup of skim milk and a banana. If you like granola, you should try the Bare Naked brand. Delicious! I sprinkle a tablespooon on low-fat yogurt as my mid-morning snack.

China Blue May 25, 2010 - 10:07 AM

After a morning run I like to grab a protein shake blended with fruit; about a handful of blueberries or raspberries. My other top brekkies are:

Duck egg omelette or scrambled, with a bit of tomato ketchup and maybe a toasted mini scotch pancake or breakfast muffin;

150g pot of Fage zero fat Greek yoghurt, mixed with sweetener or agave nectar, and topped with fresh fruit, lecithin granules or a teaspoon of mixed nuts. I might have a toasted mini pancake (I love these!) on top.

In short, anything loaded more towards protein works for me. I can’t have porridge or toast or fruit on its own because by 10.30am it all goes a bit ‘HULK SMASH, HULK KILL, HULK GASSY’ 🙂

J May 25, 2010 - 10:39 AM

For me it’s usually 2 Quaker oatmeal packets with some raisins. If I have time, then I try to do grits with tuna or eggs.

Tina Fite May 25, 2010 - 12:34 PM

I love having my steel cut oats in the morning with blueberries or blackberries and raspberries. I do not put any sweetner to it and thus choose to allow the blueberries and raspberries to naturally sweeten it. I follow it up with an orange and all the water I can stand. Sometimes, I also drink green tea with it without all the other accoutrements like honey, sugar or lemon. That’s breakfast!

Halona Y. Agouda May 25, 2010 - 12:49 PM

I like to eat oatmeal or if I have some brown rice left over from the night before, I mix it with coconut or soy milk, agave nectar, raisins, sunflower seeds, and lots of fresh berries. When I don’t wake up in time to get it together, I wind up getting a bagel with cream cheese and a little jelly — or egg, cheese, and turkey sausage when I’m stressing.

SingLikeSassy May 25, 2010 - 1:21 PM

It varies. I generally always have some kind of berry — that’s the one fruit I can consistently eat and not get tired of. I might have that with an eggo nutrigrain waffle — no syrup. I might have it with some greek yogurt. I might eat it by itself.

Lately I’ve been eating bigger breakfasts trying to get more calories in at the top of the day when I’m more active and I have been doing more lunch as breakfast type things.

Divinely Naptural May 26, 2010 - 8:30 AM

I had some old fashioned oats (about 3/4 a cup) with currants, raisins, about a half teaspoon ground cinnamon, and maple syrup. You can use 1 1/2 cups water, cow, or any type of milk for the base. Yummy.

Pamela Smith May 27, 2010 - 2:14 PM

Well I am really new to weight loss, so I am not expert, but here are a few things that I enjoy:

* Kashi Go Lean Almond Flax Crunch (8 grams of fiber);
* Jay Robb Whey Protein Shake mixed with low fat milk;
* Scrambled egg and 2 slices of bacon; or
* Greek yogurt, one slice of toast and fruit

I find these breakfasts filling. I am not craving until it gets close to lunch time. Protein and fiber tend to fill me up faster than anything else.

BlackGirlVal June 7, 2010 - 3:04 PM

I love Steel Cut Oatmeal but sometimes I want something refreshing vs. hearty. So to second what was already said, Greek yogurt with berries is so good! For convenience, the night before, I just take a small container, add the yogurt, and add some of those frozen mixed berries from Costco (great savings!), stash it in the fridge, and by morning they are perfectly thawed and rhet to go! I like to pine nuts, raw slivered almonds, and/or a energy bar or some granola-type mix to it for more crunch. This gives me something for when I’m on the go, and with the added crunch it forces me to eat slower. Then I just usually have a boiled egg for some protein. What’s that saying? “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen, and dinner like a pauper.”

Raydiance July 12, 2010 - 10:57 AM

Well, I am a teacher and I start work at 7am and do not get a break until 11:30am. I need a breakfast that will sustain me for at least 2 – 3 hours until my snack. With a little experiementing, I’ve found that a high protein and fiber meal works best for me. I can’t just fruit and toast or Special K. The following have worked for me because they are so good I don’t mind eating them every day, and they keep me satisfied for a long time:

Kashi Go Lean Almond Flax Crunch, Soy Milk, Berries ( I like blackberried) – 300 – 350 calories depending on the milk you use

Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin (130), 1 MorningStar sausage patty (80), 1/2 serving reduced fat mozzarella (40), a small serving of fruit (50) – 300 calories

"Mira Luma" October 13, 2010 - 4:09 PM

I usually have an egg white omelette without salt, cheese or butter, nitrate/nitrite free turkey bacon or Jones gluten-free light sausage and a piece of fruit (a banana or mixed fruit).

Lynn October 25, 2010 - 3:12 PM

I would like to get to know more about myself my body and soul. So this would be good to me emotional, colene and cleaning

asada December 15, 2010 - 5:53 PM

I had warm tea and toast with butter on it. I cant believe how filling it was!

Tremilla November 1, 2011 - 10:09 AM

Since I work nights, I need something quick and simple for breakfast. I love Honey Bunches of Oats cereal (original and Raisin Medley) and a piece of fruit. I also like cheese grits and toast.

Cynnana February 27, 2012 - 1:34 PM

I love making smoothies with plain Kefir (liquid yogurt), frozen blueberries, strawberries, black berries, banana, flax seed powder, and of course protein powder. This is so filling and I can make the night and even drink it on the way to work.

Jasna April 25, 2012 - 3:29 PM

This morning I had a bowl of cooked brown rice mixed with canned tuna fish and a boiled egg with a few olives on top.

Every morning is a filling breakfast morning, only exceptions being Monday – because my classes start in the afternoon, and the weekend when I’m free.

Marjorie May 18, 2012 - 4:08 PM

Because I’m in outside sales (on the go) I have a smoothie (1c kefir, 1c berries, 1 scoop protein powder and 1Tblsp each Benefiber, flax oil, and agave) 2 mornings a week (office days) and steel cut oats (cooked with vanilla, cinnamon, ground ginger, and nutmeg, with agave, and peanut butter added) 3 days a week (“road” days). On “oatmeal” days, I have a glass of Almond drink with the oatmeal. I always drink a glass of water when I get up before I take my shower.

curlsz May 19, 2012 - 12:55 AM

i make this great oatmeal “cobbler” line the pan with bananas and frozen berries then spread the oatmeal mix on top – which is oats, water, an egg and seasonings, then top with almond slivers and coconut – bake it and then dish it out with some protein for several days.

rai October 11, 2012 - 11:16 AM

I usually switch between steel cut oats w/ cinnamon, rye or low carb toast w/ peanut butter, or 2 eggs and 1 slice of Lou’s Bacon or PC Bacon Rashers.

KeKe October 11, 2012 - 3:02 PM

A banana and a cup of yogurt (I mix them together) or Special K Oats and honey with 2% milk. When I order breakfast for morning meetings I order Corner Bakery’s California Breakfast…Strawberries, yogurt, and granola (I love it). Oh yeah and if I do what I am supposed to on Sunday’s (cook meals for the week) I’ll have a sweet potato with cinnamon and a little honey.

Kami October 12, 2012 - 8:22 AM

My usual breakfast meals are stew Kidney beans + boiled sweet plantain + purple cabbage. My other option is sada wheat roti + dhal + eggplant choka. Another is chocolate cinnamon with walnut abd cooked banana. I aslo made a lentil carribean patty and my other choice is a roasted ciabatta sandwich. The quick meals on the run is oatmeal. I try to eat a hearty breakfast instead of a hearty dinner because when I eat heavy at night I wake up with gas.

Erika Nicole Kendall October 12, 2012 - 2:59 PM

Dal is delicious. Oh my gosh I almost cleaned out my spice rack making it, but it is beyond good.

Kaija October 14, 2012 - 7:41 PM

Oatmeal with apples and cinnamon (or raisins, dried cranberries, nuts, etc) or a mini whole wheat pita stuffed with a cooked egg, a slice of turkey bacon, and a little lowfat cheese 🙂

Jennie November 14, 2012 - 5:04 AM

Take a piece of that really thin, really dark, really dense fitness bread and cut it in half (the slices are thin but insanely long, for some reason) and slap on a thin layer of cream cheese. Then chop up a date and a few walnut halves and put that on top of the cream cheese. Maybe a few sunflower seeds and a light dusting of cinnamon. You’ll need a decent set of chompers to eat this little breakfast sandwich, but it’ll get you through a tough workout, a shower and even a meeting or two …

MsTriNa November 14, 2012 - 11:53 AM

My breakfast faves are:

2 packs of oatmeal
1 pack of oatmeal w/ raisin, apples and walnuts
2 boiled eggs
1 boiled egg w/ slice whole wheat toast
vanilla non-fat yogurt w/ blueberries and strawberries
2 low fat whole grain waffles with a small drizzle of honey

Weekend: 2 egg omelet w/ spinach, tomatoes, onions and feta cheese or some variation. Sometimes I add mushrooms or take away another ingredient.

My goal is always a 200-300 cals

Erin June 9, 2013 - 9:09 PM

I generally start my day with a smoothie
About 1 1/2 to 2 cups of greens (spinach and kale, don’t judge…just do it), 3/4 to 1 cup berries, 1/3 of an avocado, 1 cup almond milk, and a scoop of Jay Robb protein powder. I mix it up sometimes, but that is pretty much my go to breakfast. Nom

sewingbutterfly July 10, 2013 - 6:36 AM

I usually have oatmeal (or porridge here in Australia) and banana. Then my mid morning snack is 50gms of good quality cheese (the full fat type) at about 10.30am. I make sure to drink lots of water and tea in between. I also have cereal and fruit during the warmer months. This spring I am also going to add fruit salad to my breakfast options.

On the weekends, I usually make scrambled eggs and toast.

Lenora B Pierce November 19, 2013 - 1:32 PM

This website is off the chain, so informative and down right easy to understand, THANKS!

Kerry December 21, 2013 - 9:08 AM

Hi I have read your answers that you give to your readers n I am interested. Well I m having a real big problem with my tummy n my body weight, my thighs also have a lot of cellulite, my body weight now is 175lbs, my hip 44,waist 36, upper right n left arm 12,my legs 23. I am from jamaica in the Caribbean island, I m ashame of wearing short shorts n skirts bcuz of the cellulite my boyfriend also tease me abt it n I feel embrass all the times even when we are out n he see lady in shorts n skirts he also laugh n said when m I going to look like those ladies. I m wondering if you can really really help me to loose my weight I want to weight 125lbs but I don’t know what n how to do so, what can I eat for breakfast, lunch, n dinner to loose the weight. Sometimes I don’t poopoo in three days which I know something is really wrong with me, I tend to eat a lot of sweet, bun, bulla ice cream, a lot of chips like lays Doritos etc…. Can u help me out here plz m begging you.

Erika Nicole Kendall December 21, 2013 - 9:35 PM

Gotta e-mail me, mama.

However – no person who claims they want to be with you long term should be talking to you that way. NONE.

Kerry December 22, 2013 - 10:50 PM

I know….

Kerry December 22, 2013 - 10:52 PM

I did not the recipe…. Are how do I email you

Erika Nicole Kendall December 24, 2013 - 11:16 AM
Rhonyea November 6, 2015 - 12:03 AM

I’m on a weight loss journey for the 50 11th time…lol seriously I’m enjoying reading healthy meal options. It’s giving me a lot if good ideas…thank you ladies! Keep up the good work! Also thank you Erika with creating a great group!

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