...and what about muffins? Other breakfast ideas?

No Snacks, no sweets, no seconds. Except on Days that start with S. Too simple for you? Simple is why it works. Look here for questions, introductions, support, success stories.

Moderators: Soprano, automatedeating

Post Reply
florafloraflora
Posts: 219
Joined: Tue Jan 16, 2007 7:03 pm
Location: Washington, DC USA

...and what about muffins? Other breakfast ideas?

Post by florafloraflora » Sat Jan 20, 2007 4:10 pm

I'm trying to think of more breakfast ideas, now that I really have to eat a full, proper breakfast. I'm wondering: are muffins off-limits? Is it OK to have a small, oat bran-apple muffin but not a big cakey blueberry muffin? Are muffins worth eating if they're not sweet enough to count as sweets?

What do you eat for breakfast?

joasia
Posts: 1101
Joined: Tue Aug 22, 2006 3:22 pm
Location: California

Post by joasia » Sat Jan 20, 2007 4:35 pm

Muffins are usually loaded with sugar. And the store bought kind have all kinds of ingredients that are bad for you, like trans fats. For breakfast I eat:
-a slice of really good bread (you know the kind they bake everyday and goes hard the next day, ingredients include flour, salt, yeast, and that is IT) then i put something on top:
cheese,
-egg (hard boiled or scrambled),
-butter and radishes (it is a french thing, very good),
-butter and tomatoes,
-almond butter or peanut butter and honey,
-ham,
-smoked salmon,
-avocado and tomato,
-cucumber, cream cheese, and sprouts, the possibilities are endless.

-If you use really good quality bread, it will give you those carbs you want without the sugar. When I lived in Europe, they always ate savory breakfasts without sugar. I also have oatmeal, fruit, and coffee. I have even had a bowl of soup, bread and fruit for breakfast!
The destiny of nations depends on the manner in which they feed themselves. Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

User avatar
navin
Posts: 414
Joined: Sat Apr 23, 2005 12:23 pm
Location: Kentucky

Post by navin » Sat Jan 20, 2007 4:42 pm

I think muffins are generally fine, unless they have a ton of added sugar or are more like desserts (e.g., double chocolate chip mufins). Bonus points if you make the muffins yourself... then you KNOW how much sugar is going in them.

AS for other breakfast ideas, I will eat muffins sometimes (but my problem is eating too many of them!) Most times I eat cereal... I avoid the kiddie stuff and make sure I get one where "sugar" is at least not the *first* ingredient. Raisin bran is good, and I typically add dried cranberries, dates, or more raisins.

Bagels with some topping, such as hummus or cream cheese, are pretty good too. Sometimes I'll make a pineapple smoothie... just the fruit, plus some milk and ice... the pineapple itself is sweet enough to avoid having to put in any sugar, and then have a muffin or bagel or something with it.

And of course, like back in college days, some days I just have to have leftover pizza for breakfast. :)
Before criticizing someone, you should try walking a mile in their shoes. Then you'll be a mile away and you'll have their shoes.

florafloraflora
Posts: 219
Joined: Tue Jan 16, 2007 7:03 pm
Location: Washington, DC USA

Post by florafloraflora » Sat Jan 20, 2007 4:47 pm

Bread with something on it, that could work. I wouldn't be buying the muffins, I'd be baking them and keeping them in the freezer, so I could tweak the ingredients to make them healthier. But it might be easier to have bread (I bake my own bread too, the yeast-flour-salt-water kind milczar mentioned) and adjust the toppings for the right balance of flavor and nutrition.

Sometimes I eat cereal too, although I am too cheap for anything but the plain puffed-grain kind, or else oatmeal, and I don't need much sugar with it. Like Navin, I can definitely eat breakfast for dinner and vice-versa, so I'm sure some pizza will sneak its way in at some point :)

Bee
Posts: 125
Joined: Tue Jan 09, 2007 1:12 am

Post by Bee » Sat Jan 20, 2007 5:04 pm

Hi Flora

I'm not a big breakfast person either, but since starting No-S, my go-to breakfast is a fruit and yogurt smoothie. I liquify in the blender a handful of frozen berries, a blob of plain lowfat yogurt, and a banana. It is tasty, healthy, not too sweet, fast, and it really keeps me going until lunchtime better than most other breakfasts I've tried. And somehow, drinking something is more appealing to me than solid food so early in the day.

I think if you really like muffins, then have one. But you have a good point... if it tastes like cake, then it probably IS cake, just shaped like a muffin! And so maybe should be saved for S-days. You might be interested to know that co-worker of mine recently informed me that a Dunkin Donuts blueberry muffin has something like 500 calories (you can look it up on their website). And the reduced fat version doesn't do much better. You don't have to be counting calories to want to stay away from most store-bought muffins after hearing that... I can think of a lot of things that have 500 calories that I would rather eat instead of a muffin! Ha ha!
Last edited by Bee on Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:57 am, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
Jammin' Jan
Posts: 2002
Joined: Thu May 05, 2005 2:55 pm
Location: The Village

Post by Jammin' Jan » Sat Jan 20, 2007 8:17 pm

Coming to your rescue:

I developed these Quick Bread Recipes for the McDougall Program. Fat-free and reduced sugar.

http://www.drmcdougall.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=111

In my opinion, it is better to make these in an 8 x 8 cake pan, and cut into 6 pieces (or whatever size you want) than to make them as muffins.

Enjoy! (Save the Iced Cinnamon-Raisin bread for an S-Day :wink:)

florafloraflora
Posts: 219
Joined: Tue Jan 16, 2007 7:03 pm
Location: Washington, DC USA

Post by florafloraflora » Sat Jan 20, 2007 10:42 pm

Thanks, Jan! There are some tasty-looking recipes in there.

I realize that nitpicking on grams of sugar and forbidden foods is contrary to the whole spirit of No-S, but I'm trying to figure things out and I want to get a good start.

mschalock
Posts: 27
Joined: Wed Jul 05, 2006 2:36 pm
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon

Post by mschalock » Sun Jan 21, 2007 12:20 am

Thanks for the recipes Jan. I checked out the link and copied almost all of them. I did McDougall for years and still have lots of their cookbooks. I've backed off from such a strict regimen, but still use lots of the recipes because they're good.

User avatar
NoelFigart
Posts: 1637
Joined: Wed Jul 12, 2006 1:23 pm
Location: Lebanon, NH
Contact:

Re: ...and what about muffins? Other breakfast ideas?

Post by NoelFigart » Sun Jan 21, 2007 2:49 am

florafloraflora wrote:I'm trying to think of more breakfast ideas, now that I really have to eat a full, proper breakfast. I'm wondering: are muffins off-limits? Is it OK to have a small, oat bran-apple muffin but not a big cakey blueberry muffin? Are muffins worth eating if they're not sweet enough to count as sweets?

What do you eat for breakfast?
I eat a veggie omelette for breakfast often. (Usually mushrooms, onions, bell peppers in various colors, sauted and added to the omelette with melted cheese and/or salsa).

Yes, I'm one of those freaks who is a morning person and eats a real meal first thing in the morning. If I don't, I'm useless until lunch.

However, if you don't like to cook first thing in the morning and plenty don't, you can make a smoothie. Plain yogurt, vanilla, about as much sugar as is okay for coffee anyway, and some berries thrown in the blender, and you've got yourself a perfect nutritious breakfast that's good for the person who really doesn't like to eat in the morning.

I'd crack an egg or two into that if it were me, but I concentrate on getting plenty of protein (I found out the rate for salmonella in raw eggs is one in five thousand. I take more of a risk for injury driving to work in the morning, so I consider that an acceptable risk.)

If that doesn't sound good, you can certainly bake yourself all kinds of nutritious breads. If you're fond of oatmeal or really good porridge, you might want to try scotch oats in the crock pot. They cook all night and are perfect the next morning when you get up. Put some apple and cinnamon in there to cook with it and you're good to go with a very healthy breakfast.

I've actually made a bunch of breakfast burritos during the wekeend (scrambled eggs with some bacon and cheese, wrapped in a tortilla), and frozen them two per quart freezer bag. My family loved it when I did that because they could nuke themselves a quick breakfast that tasted pretty good! If you're feeling fancy, you could add some salsa. I happen to love them that way.

And honestly? There's nothing in the world wrong with a sandwich for breakfast. Or cheese toasted on bread. You remember that schoolhouse rock show that encouraged you to eat breakfast? Peanut butter toast is GOOD. Use natural peanut butter and you're good to go.

zoolina
Posts: 252
Joined: Sat Nov 04, 2006 2:48 pm
Location: In Transit

Post by zoolina » Sun Jan 21, 2007 8:54 am

I've had nasty blood sugar issues for years, so I've developed a fail-safe breakfast that I eat almost every day and which keeps me satsified for longer than anything else out there:

Oatmeal made with 2% milk and a teaspoonful of almond butter, and a kiwi on the side.

florafloraflora
Posts: 219
Joined: Tue Jan 16, 2007 7:03 pm
Location: Washington, DC USA

Post by florafloraflora » Sun Jan 21, 2007 2:06 pm

NoelFigart, I'm actually one of those freakish morning people too. I'm hungriest in the morning and if I don't eat enough before noon I'm more or less worthless. The upside is, no evening snack cravings because I'm usually too tired to think about food.

I like to cook in the morning, but I know from experience that I can't do it every day because it messes my schedule up too much. So I'm trying to keep things on hand for days when I don't have time to cook. Those breakfast burritos sound good--maybe I'll try mixing up something like that and freezing it.

silverfish
Posts: 115
Joined: Wed Jul 13, 2005 12:17 am
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Contact:

Post by silverfish » Sun Jan 21, 2007 10:21 pm

<whisper> sometimes i have a sausage and egg mcmuffin </whisper>

User avatar
Jammin' Jan
Posts: 2002
Joined: Thu May 05, 2005 2:55 pm
Location: The Village

Post by Jammin' Jan » Sun Jan 21, 2007 10:54 pm

<whisper>yum<whisper>

florafloraflora
Posts: 219
Joined: Tue Jan 16, 2007 7:03 pm
Location: Washington, DC USA

Post by florafloraflora » Sun Jan 21, 2007 11:10 pm

silverfish wrote:<whisper> sometimes i have a sausage and egg mcmuffin </whisper>
You could fit three of those on a plate! :D

User avatar
Jammin' Jan
Posts: 2002
Joined: Thu May 05, 2005 2:55 pm
Location: The Village

Post by Jammin' Jan » Sun Jan 21, 2007 11:31 pm

http://app.mcdonalds.com/bagamcmeal?pro ... &itemID=78

3 sausage mcmuffins = 1110 calories and 66 grams fat.

All plates-ful are not created equal! :cry:

florafloraflora
Posts: 219
Joined: Tue Jan 16, 2007 7:03 pm
Location: Washington, DC USA

Post by florafloraflora » Sun Jan 21, 2007 11:41 pm

I know, I was kidding. That would be disgusting.

User avatar
Jammin' Jan
Posts: 2002
Joined: Thu May 05, 2005 2:55 pm
Location: The Village

Post by Jammin' Jan » Sun Jan 21, 2007 11:43 pm

:wink:

User avatar
JustAnnie
Posts: 156
Joined: Mon Dec 11, 2006 4:08 am
Location: Tennessee

Post by JustAnnie » Mon Jan 22, 2007 3:59 am

I like oatmeal with a handful of frozen blueberries stirred in. Yum. If I know it's going to be a long time until lunch I stir a scoop of protein powder in. It holds me for hours with no hunger and 90% soy based protein powder & only has 1 gram of sugar.

I also make my own muffins from Rasin Bran cereal. They are healthy and tasty and freeze well.

Do we have a recipe area anywhere?
Just Annie

You Can't Fail Until You Quit Trying

User avatar
harpista
Posts: 186
Joined: Tue May 02, 2006 9:13 pm
Location: Stouffville, Ontario, Canada

Post by harpista » Mon Jan 22, 2007 4:11 am

Jammin' Jan wrote:Coming to your rescue:

I developed these Quick Bread Recipes for the McDougall Program. Fat-free and reduced sugar.

http://www.drmcdougall.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=111

In my opinion, it is better to make these in an 8 x 8 cake pan, and cut into 6 pieces (or whatever size you want) than to make them as muffins.

Enjoy! (Save the Iced Cinnamon-Raisin bread for an S-Day :wink:)
Jan, wow!!!

Thanks for this. That's a lot of work you did- kudos! :)
Nulla palma sine pulvere.
'No garland of victory without first the dust of the arena.'

Sometimesians, unite!

thtrchic
Posts: 1234
Joined: Sun Dec 03, 2006 10:09 pm
Location: Oakland, CA

Post by thtrchic » Mon Jan 22, 2007 4:11 am

I'm very fond of oatmeal for breakfast. I buy the instant kind that I can make quickly and easily at work. I have to wait until I'm there to have breakfast, so I can have lunch close to 2 or I can't make it until dinner which never happens before 7.,

I have a piece of fruit with oatmeal. Also sometimes if I'm feeling very hungry or lunch is especially far off I add a couple tablespoons of sliced almonds for some extra protein.

About once a week I've been treating myself to a bagel with light cream cheese from the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru. This adds several hundred calories to the meal so although it easily fits on a plate I don't like to have it too many N days a week.

Julie

User avatar
FarmerHal
Posts: 1013
Joined: Fri Dec 15, 2006 11:54 pm

Post by FarmerHal » Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:39 pm

Jan, thanks for the recipes! Mornings are crazy here with the kiddos so it would be handy to have a healthy quick bread waiting> Grab a piece, a yogurt cup and maybe a hard boiled egg or fruit and breakfast is doen in a hurry :)

Thanks!
{FarmerHal} ...previously Shamrockmommy...
Vanilla NoS... Making good habits.
Restart 12/2015, size 22
3/2016 size 18
1/2018 size 18

hollydazzle
Posts: 3
Joined: Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:18 am

Post by hollydazzle » Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:50 pm

I'm new here and trying to get ideas. On the quickbread receipes by Jan, why soy or rice milk? Is skim milk or regular milk bad?

wosnes
Posts: 4168
Joined: Mon Sep 18, 2006 3:38 pm
Location: Indianapolis, IN, USA

Post by wosnes » Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:26 pm

I'm new here and trying to get ideas. On the quickbread receipes by Jan, why soy or rice milk? Is skim milk or regular milk bad?
The McDougall Program is a vegan eating/health plan -- so no animal products. Also, no added fats.
"That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do. Not that the nature of the thing itself has changed but our power to do it is increased." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"You are what you eat -- so don't be Fast, Easy, Cheap or Fake."

User avatar
Jammin' Jan
Posts: 2002
Joined: Thu May 05, 2005 2:55 pm
Location: The Village

Post by Jammin' Jan » Tue Jan 23, 2007 11:26 pm

Yes, that's correct. It didn't occur to me to mention that, since I am allergic to cow's milk, and use soymilk anyway. Regular milk is fine. Use skim if you want to eliminate the fat.

hollydazzle
Posts: 3
Joined: Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:18 am

Post by hollydazzle » Wed Jan 24, 2007 3:19 am

Thanks, I appreciate your reply. I'm just trying to work through some of the questions I have since I am trying this for the first time.

Post Reply