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What to eat for breakfast

burntheladleburntheladle Registered User regular
edited February 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
As a kid, I never really ate proper "breakfast" foods, my parents never insisted I eat cereal or toast so I got into the habit of eating last nights leftovers for breakfast.

I'm living with my boyfriend now, and we're both really busy so we're trying to cut down the number of nights we cook to about 4 a week by eating leftovers the next night or freezing them to have later. Unfortunately, this means I can't really eat them for breakfast anymore.

So now I need to learn to like breakfast foods.

I'm lactose intolerant, so I can't have cereal with milk. I tried cornflakes with yoghurt the other day, and it was so ... bland. I guess when since I'm used to eating stirfry or lovely soups for breakfast, cereal is a bit bleagh. I am going to give the yoghurt + cereal thing another try with some musli with fruit bits or something, to see if that improves it.

Toast is good, but I can only eat about two pieces before it's either taking to long (slow eater), or I get full (but then I get hungry again pretty quickly). I don't mind eating it, but it seems like eating it every day would get old fast.

What other breakfast options are there? Fruit, I guess. Ways to make breakfast interesting? It's alright on weekends, when I have time to fry up some potato or make waffles or something, but there's not really time before the bus on weekdays.


TL;DR - How do I make breakfast an enjoyable meal instead of something I just scoff down so I don't fall over before lunchtime.

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    Mojo_JojoMojo_Jojo We are only now beginning to understand the full power and ramifications of sexual intercourse Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Fruit Salad is a good and easy breakfast. Bagels either with poppy seeds or cinnamon and raisins are delicious.

    Cornflakes are a pretty crappy cereal, so you should look at your options. There's one brand , which I get the feeling you won't find outside the UK, called Dorset Cereals. Some of their stuff is fantastic (the ones loaded with berries essentially).

    And surely, yoghurt is no better for you than milk?

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    TubeTube Registered User admin
    edited February 2008
    Try an omelette. If you chop up the vegetables in advance it takes about ten minutes, and it's well balanced (protein, good carbohydrates and fats). Plus you can season the vegetables however you like them.

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    TechBoyTechBoy Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I'm also lactose intolerant. I just eat cereal with soy milk. Some people say it doesn't taste the same, some people like being wrong.

    If you have 5 minutes or so, make some eggs. Like Tube says, omelettes are awesome. Poached, sunny side up, scrambled etc. are also all good alternatives. Heck, you could even pre boil a whole pot of eggs the night before and go crazy with hard boiled. Protein is just really satisfying in the morning, I don't know why.

    I also have my own personal favorite / recipe I call Eggs'n'Toast.

    Get a pan, put in on the stove and butter it up. Get a slice of bread and take a big bite out of the center. Throw the bread on the pan and crack an egg into the hole. Cook until the whites solidify enough for you to flip the toast over, cook some more, and serve when the insides are as cooked as you like it. It works best with big slices of whole grain wheat bread, but any bread will do. Toast and eggs in one go, for the efficiency ninjas out there.

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    DeathwingDeathwing Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I'm lactose intolerant, so I can't have cereal with milk.

    I'm lactose intolerant as well, though not quite as much as my mom or one of my siblings.

    I don't know if they sell it in Australia or not, but you might be able to look into finding the equivalent of something like Lactaid as far dealing with the lactose issue and milk goes - tastes a little weird compared to "real" milk, but probably better than having your cornflakes dunked in yogurt. There's also tablets you can take before having dairy products, iirc.
    What other breakfast options are there? Fruit, I guess. Ways to make breakfast interesting? It's alright on weekends, when I have time to fry up some potato or make waffles or something, but there's not really time before the bus on weekdays.

    Again, i'm in the US, so not very familiar with Australian grocery stores....Over here we have frozen waffles you can stick in the toaster for a couple minutes...Maybe get something like that instead of making them from scratch during the week?

    Other than that....My favorite has always just been a couple eggs scrambled with cheese, a couple pieces of toast, and a couple of those frozen pre-cooked sausages zapped in the microwave. You could also consider bagels, toasted with some cream cheese and some ham/turkey/bacon/other favorite meat.

    Find another cereal that looks appealing besides plain boring cornflakes, just stay away from the ultra-sugar varieties - or at least cut up a banana or some strawberries on top of the cornflakes.

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    SlagmireSlagmire Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    The meal of oat is a fine, hearty meal. Some people swear that not adding milk to it is a heathen practice, but you can do pretty well without it. Add some cinnamon, brown sugar, bananas, berries, whatever you like - it's good and good for you.

    Instant oatmeal doesn't take long at all - just boil up some water in a kettle.

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    SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2008
    Slagmire wrote: »
    The meal of oat is a fine, hearty meal. Some people swear that not adding milk to it is a heathen practice, but you can do pretty well without it. Add some cinnamon, brown sugar, bananas, berries, whatever you like - it's good and good for you.

    Instant oatmeal doesn't take long at all - just boil up some water in a kettle.

    Porridge is traditionally made with water only. I personally prefer to make it with Milk because I'm a big fat milky fatty, but yeah, water is perfectly acceptable.

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    amateurhouramateurhour One day I'll be professionalhour The woods somewhere in TennesseeRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Try an omelette. If you chop up the vegetables in advance it takes about ten minutes, and it's well balanced (protein, good carbohydrates and fats). Plus you can season the vegetables however you like them.

    seriously, you can even get an omlette microwave safe dish and just nuke it in two minutes if you're in that much of a rush.

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    seasleepyseasleepy Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I also have to recommend the oatmeal thing, particularly steel-cut oats, which have a different texture from "regular" oatmeal. Oatmeal reheats well, so you can just make a big batch either on the weekend or on Monday morning and then chuck it in the fridge for the rest of the week. And a little will take you a long way as far as fullness goes. Try out dried apples in there if you have access to them, they're awesome.
    Mojo_Jojo wrote: »
    And surely, yoghurt is no better for you than milk?
    Yogurt is actually really good to eat if you're lactose-intolerant.

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    urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Deathwing wrote: »
    I'm lactose intolerant, so I can't have cereal with milk.

    I'm lactose intolerant as well, though not quite as much as my mom or one of my siblings.

    I don't know if they sell it in Australia or not, but you might be able to look into finding the equivalent of something like Lactaid as far dealing with the lactose issue and milk goes - tastes a little weird compared to "real" milk, but probably better than having your cornflakes dunked in yogurt. There's also tablets you can take before having dairy products, iirc.

    I personally prefer the Silk Light Soy Milk (Vanilla flavor) since it's delicious and tastes exactly like milk, plus it only has 50 calories.

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    oncelingonceling Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    To help with hunger issues, it's good to get a good mix of "good" carbs, fats, and protein in the morning.

    Boiled eggs can be stored in shell for 5-14 days (I get about 6 days myself, but it depends on your fridge, if you cracked the shell and how much you boil them). A single egg can add some good protein to a carb-heavy breakfast and for a lot of people, will help them feel fuller, longer. Depends on your body, try some things out and see how you react.

    Vegetables + egg in an omelette style is also quite filling.

    Peanut butter (when you look for a good one that has just peanuts in the ingredients and not a bunch of sugar and garbage) can be a great source of good fats, which again can help feeling fuller longer.

    Fruit in plain yogurt is great because fruit will sweeten it without having to buy sugared yogurt.

    For me, eating just bread with sugar in the morning (by sugar I mean jam, or most fruit yogurts, most cereals, etc) makes me hungry again really quick. But if I cut out the sugar, add some fruit and a good fat like peanut butter, nuts/seeds in museli, or some cheese - lactose free I guess for you - then I stay full a lot longer.

    I think everyone else has made good comments already just wanted to add something about what you mentioned about getting hungry again quickly.

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    mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    i usually don't eat breakfast on the typical day, but it works for me.

    if i have time to laze about oatmeal is good, i agree about the steel cut oats as better.
    hell even having an apple or a banana is easy and good for you

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    drhazarddrhazard Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I tend to keep a variety of breakfast stuff on hand. I put myself on a (very successful) diet a couple of years ago, which forced me to eat a regular breakfast every day. The best way I found to do that was to just have a lot of easy options.

    My go-to is cereal and milk, which you can recreate with soy milk. At the moment, I also have some nice grapefruit, some freezer waffles (that I spread preserves on), and a lot of yogurt. Keeping a rotating variety of foods on hand will help you feel, silly as it may sound, excited about breakfast. On occasion, I'll get bananas or tangerines, as well as a different type of cereal every time. Eggs are good for a variety of different uses--omelettes are easy, scrambled eggs are even easier, pre-boiled eggs are the easiest, and I actually found a microwave container that will poach your eggs. I would simply suggest keeping an eye out for new things.

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    urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    So yogurt is good for those Lactose Intolerant people, huh? Hmm...

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    wunderbarwunderbar What Have I Done? Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    BLT Bagel.

    Fry up some bacon
    Toast bagel
    cut up lettuce
    1-2 slices of tomato

    Butter the bagel, combine the bagel, lettuce, and tomato.

    You can also add egg to the mix if that's your thing.

    I used to not eat breakfast very often, when I did, that's what I made. Now that I'm trying to be more healthy, I'm eating breakfast again(since I'm not snaking at night as much, so I'm actually hungry in the morning), so I've expanded to oatmeal, cereal, and sometimes just normal buttered bagels, but the BLT bagel is still my favorite.

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    SageinaRageSageinaRage Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    As a born and bred southerner, I encourage you to try grits - just cook them up, put them on the plate, butter and salt to taste. NOT the instant kind, they add a bunch of other flavors that make it taste awful. Goes well with eggs and bacon. Very cheap.

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    drhazarddrhazard Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    urahonky wrote: »
    So yogurt is good for those Lactose Intolerant people, huh? Hmm...

    Uh, I said yogurt as an example of how I have a variety of breakfast foods on hand, which is the main thrust of my post.

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    mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    drhazard wrote: »
    Uh, I said yogurt as an example of how I have a variety of breakfast foods on hand, which is the main thrust of my post.
    well yogurt works well for some lactose intolerant. the bacteria helps break down things normally left unbroken. but YMMV make sure it has active cultures, most do but not all

    its also good for upset stomachs fr the same reason.

    bagels are always good, you can freeze them when fresh and they last for a long while, just microwave to thaw briefly than throw in the toaster. add anything from cream cheese to peanut butter or whatever you want

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    urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    drhazard wrote: »
    urahonky wrote: »
    So yogurt is good for those Lactose Intolerant people, huh? Hmm...

    Uh, I said yogurt as an example of how I have a variety of breakfast foods on hand, which is the main thrust of my post.

    I was more-so talking about This post here.

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    SolventSolvent Econ-artist กรุงเทพมหานครRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Rice porridge? Cook up a whole batch, nuke it in the microwave for a little, add some shredded BBQ chicken.

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    AresProphetAresProphet Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Oatmeal is a great breakfast, as others have mentioned. Some oats, milk or water, seasonings to taste in a bowl, microwave for a minute, stir, give it another minute or two. If you have some extra time you can dice up some apples and throw them in with cinnamon, it's delicious. If you're really lazy the instant packets will do, but they have a lot of sugar which isn't necessarily a great idea in the morning.

    Bagels are good too. Toasted onion bagel with butter? Mmm. Cream cheese too, but you'd have to avoid that.

    If you have a little time to cook, fry a couple eggs sunny side up or over easy and make some toast while you're at it. Dip toast corners into egg yolk and eat. Tasty. Goes well with bacon. I put a little salsa on my eggs, too.

    Breakfast burritos are easy and you can prepare them in advance, just freeze them and pop them in the microwave at alater date. Scramble eggs, cook some breakfast sausage or other preferred meat, warm some tortillas and roll the eggs and meat together with a good, chunky salsa. You can make them even better by frying up hash browns (or whatever you call shredded, fried potatoes) and throwing those in there.

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