I don't know about you, but in this crazy, busy, unhealthy all-you-can-eat food world I need a constant supply of healthy eating and weight loss reminders.
They help to keep me on track with my health and weight goals.
So, when I came across a list of 5 Breakfast ideas for Weight Watchers in the Weight Watchers Family Style Cookbook I wanted to jot them down as a reminder. And so I wouldn't lose them, I decided to post them here.
5 Breakfast Ideas for Weight Watchers
Everyone agrees that when you begin your day with a good breakfast you're much more likely to stick to a healthy eating plan throughout the day.
Getting off on the right foot pays off!
Here are five strategies that can help you make the most of your morning meal:
1. Plan Ahead
Spend a little time over the weekend organizing your morning routine.
Do your mornings turn hectic leaving no time to sit down?
I do a pretty good job eating a healthy balanced breakfast on the days I work from home.
But the mornings I need to be up and out first thing to teach yoga, I often find myself running out the door with a bottle of water and handful of nuts.
Not exactly ideal. It's on these mornings I need grab + go options at the ready:
- Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal Cups
- Individual Ham & Veggie Frittatas
- Crock Pot Baked Oatmeal
- Healthy Breakfast Cookie Recipes
2. Think Protein
A healthy dose of protein can keep you feeling full and satisfied throughout the morning. If your favorite breakfasts are a little light on protein consider these easy additions which clock in at just 2 Points:
- 1 Hard Boiled Egg
- ⅔ cup plain fat free Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
- 2 ounces fat free cheese
- 2 ounces lean ham
3. Start or Finish with Fresh Fruit
Commit to including at least one serving of fruit with your breakfast. Top your cereal with berries or sliced banana. Enjoy a broiled half grapefruit or grab a single serve container of unsweetened applesauce on your way out the door.
Store frozen unsweetened fruits in your freezer to make sure you always have fruit on hand in the morning. They are great stirred into oatmeal or yogurt or blended into smoothies.
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4. Experiment with Whole Grains
Go beyond oats and try quick-cooking flavorful grains like kasha, bulgur and quinoa for breakfast. Or make a batch of breakfast barley or multigrain cereal in the slow cooker that you can quickly reheat on rushed mornings.
Add fruit and you may not even need sweetener.
I tried couscous for breakfast this week and can't believe how much I liked it. Cooked in apple cider with chopped dried apricots, it was beyond delicious.
5. Reward a New Habit
Commit to improving your morning meal in at least one way for a week and then schedule something to look forward to: Get a snazzy new travel mug, plan a fun outing or treat yourself to a movie, manicure or magazine.
Source: Weight Watchers Family Style Cookbook
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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