Ever notice how when you try to eat a better diet that you get kind of bored of the foods quickly? It feels like you are always eating the same things, over and over. Meal after meal, day after day.
Did you ever get sick of Mexican food? Or Italian food? Most people say, “no.” Have you ever realized that it consists of the same basic ingredients just prepared in a variety of ways? Meat, cheese, tortilla, rice, beans. Italian food isn’t terribly different: meat, cheese, pasta, sauce. American food is pretty much meat, cheese, bread and potatoes.
When you change how your prepare those same ingredients, you end up with a lot of options for what to eat. For this post, I will focus on breakfast because I know a lot of people have trouble thinking outside of the “breakfast box.” [Disclaimer: I am not a chef, so creativity might be lacking, but I am pretty good at tossing a few things together.]
Typical breakfast foods:
Eggs (scrambled, poached, over-easy, sunny side up, omelette)
Grains (bread/toast, English muffins, bagels, tortillas, oats, cream of wheat/rice, grits)
Meats (ham, Morningstar Farms sausage, Canadian bacon, turkey bacon, salmon, steak, even chicken!)
Now, I will put together a full week of different breakfasts that don’t require a zillion crazy ingredients, because grocery shopping is cumbersome enough.
In a small bowl, combine 4 egg whites with 1 cup oats. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon, a small splash of vanilla, and a tsp or so of baking soda. Blend with a hand-held immersion blender. Cook in a skillet like pancakes. Top with fresh berries & enjoy!
Toast an English muffin to your liking. Heat several slices of Canadian bacon to your liking (I like a little burn on them). Slice a fresh avocado &/or tomato (use half of each today and the rest tomorrow). Make a sandwich. Enjoy! *If you are feeling crazy, add some sugar-free (or not) strawberry jam to the sandwich!
Scramble some eggs. Dice up the rest of the tomato from yesterday. Slice up the rest of the avocado from yesterday. Warm a tortilla or two. Grab the picante sauce you have in your fridge (or not). Assemble all inside the tortilla(s). Sprinkle on a touch of cheese if you like. Salt & pepper. Roll it up. Enjoy!
Heat up your oatmeal like you normally would (oats, water, heat). Grab your favorite flavor of protein powder out of the supplement cabinet. Oh, you don’t have a whole cabinet of supplements? It is just us? Okay, whatever. Grab your protein powder and put a scoop in the oatmeal. You might need to add more water to make it a desirable consistency. Seriously – you are in charge of what consistency you like. Add berries. Maybe add a Tbsp of chopped nuts. **If you use Dymatize ISO-100 Gourmet Chocolate flavor, then add in some powdered peanut butter and it will taste just like those chocolate-peanut butter no-bake cookies that everyone loves. I promise. ** I also like Gaspari’s MyoFusion vanilla with berries, or even with a cup of canned tart cherries.
Okay, you are gonna have to trust me on this one. Hear me out and give it a shot – if you dare. Scramble some egg whites. Oh, I don’t know: how ever many fit your plan. Prepare your oatmeal like normal (oats, water, heat) to your preferred consistency. Add cinnamon & Splenda (or your preferred sweetener) to taste. So far, so good, right? Okay, here is where you have to trust me. Stir your scrambled egg whites INTO the oatmeal. Add berries, if you want. I promise it does NOT taste “eggy.”
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Crack several eggs (maybe 8? I always just eye-ball it and adjust on the fly) into a medium-sized bowl & beat them. I guess with all the bullying talk these days we should say, “whisk them.” Chop those veggies you love and generally have on hand (maybe onion, bell peppers, and tomatoes, for example). Put in the eggs. Add salt & pepper. Stir it all together and if it seems too chunky, add some milk and stir some more. Grease the cups of a muffin tin. Put some of the mixture into each muffin tin and sprinkle a touch of cheese on top of each cup of egg mixture (or don’t). Cook in the oven until they are set and no longer jiggly/runny. You want the egg whites to be cooked all the way! It might take about 25-30 minutes, or so.
Hopefully you grilled a lot of steak or smoked some salmon for last night’s dinner and you planned ahead (because you always do) and made extra to be used for Sunday breakfast. Aren’t you a good thinker! Maybe you also had some potatoes? You can reheat those too. No? How about rice? No? Okay then, toast up some bread slices. Frankly, my point here is that breakfast doesn’t have to be oatmeal and eggs all the time – but they are pretty versatile and easy, aren’t they? Okay, maybe lemon pepper chicken is a bit much for breakfast (or maybe to you it isn’t), but steak or salmon are very commonly eaten at breakfast! College kids eat pizza for breakfast all the time! Come on, you know you did (or do).
Heat up your dinner leftovers, eat and enjoy!