As mentioned in a post last week, I’ve been trying to be more careful about what I’ve been eating. Though Doug and Carrie will not believe this after all the food we ate in TX (posts to come on my Austin adventures), now that I’m back in CT I got back into it bright and early this morning. I got up at regular time this morning (5AM), however I decided to start my day from home since we got a new layer of snow last night night, booooo! Did I mention I’m the worst New Englander on the East Coast? Hey, why should I muddle through unplowed roads and parking lots when I have the option to let all of that get taken care of before I hit the streets!
Anyways, back to business here! The name of the game: eat at 6AM, but stay full til at least noon…so I needed some protein! I’m trying to find good ways to stay full without just loading myself with a delicious bagel with cream cheese (which ironically only really keeps me full for an hour or so anyways). So I decided to go with what I like to call a “breakfast scrambler”. I used eggs, onion, tomato, and sharp cheddar cheese and followed these steps:
- sauté onions in a small frying pan.
- While the onions are sautéing, I sliced up 2 plum tomatoes and 1 ounce of extra sharp cheese. I try to stay away from cheese because it can get to be “too much” (in a calorie/fat sort of way) really quick. But, if I keep it at just an ounce and use sharp cheddar, I can still get the full taste at just over 100 calories!
- Scramble eggs! I used 3 medium brown eggs. I know a lot of people who are dieting prefer to use just egg whites, but not me. Yes, there are less calories, but there’s also a lot less protein, which is really good for your body! And actually, there are a ton of health benefits to eating full eggs, as opposed to egg whites (see HERE in this article in Women’s Health Magazine). I will say that if I have egg whites on hand (egg beaters, or otherwise) I will add them to my eggs just to up the quantity. But today, 3 full eggs will do the trick.
- Once the eggs have finished scrambling, I put them into a bowl, added the tomato, cheese and onions on top and there ya go! Another quick and easy breakfast and is great for your tummy and heart and keeps ya full! Great to start the day off on the right foot!!
Nutrition Info: 335 calories and 27 grams of protein…not too shabby! MUCH more food, and MUCH more filling than a bagel with cream cheese (which is estimated at approximately 420-450 calories and only 17 grams of protein). The choice is yours!