Versatile Style by Tracey

Let’s Talk Breakfast!

Posted on: April 6, 2013

Linking Up today with Visible Monday & Watch What I am Wearing

I find that I do much better staying on a healthy path if I keep my breakfasts and lunches rotating between a few tried and true favorites…So what exactly are those few options you may ask?  I am offering full disclosure of my journey so here is what works for me..

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This shirt is not flatter to my midsection in this pose, but did not look like that in real life!!!

Smoothies– made with Greek Yogurt and Fruit.. I buy large bags of frozen fruit from BJ’s and Sam’s Club Typically Strawberries or a Tropical Fruit Variety.. To this I add Flaxseed meal and 1tbsp Olive Oil and either Truvia or Agave for sweetner.

Yogurt and Fruit– I don’t like the sour flavor of yogurt so opt for Yoplait Whips which are twice the points as other light versions, but the only way I can ingest it without if feeling like I am eating medicine and just tolerating it..  In addition I will have either a banana or grapes, or watermelon.

Hard boiled Eggs and Fruit

2-  Feta & Veggie Frittatas  and maybe a glass of milk.. On other days I opt for green tea and add fruit. I switch out the peppers and scallions for mushrooms and onions as I don’t like peppers…

Slice of Whole Wheat Bread, Peanut Butter topped with bannana and green tea.   Other Options here are Better than Peanut Butter or something I am wanting to try, but haven’t as of yet, Almond Butter…

Omelet w/mushrooms, onions, low fat cheese and fruit with green tea.  This is the least one I use as I only do so when I have pre cooked mushrooms and onions in the frig…

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Since this is not a diet, (it is a lifestyle change), it is important to stay true to your own tastes and put in place real life things that  can become a new habit.  I prefer quick items for breakfast and that dictates my choices.  In my weight gaining years, I ate cereal for breakfast , my favorites were Raisin Bran or Wheat Chex.  Not terrible choices but I had to drop those options because I was eating double serving sizes , which ends up starting off the day with almost  half the amount of points WW recommends for me….I don’t miss it at all and feel that getting the probiotics, protein and fruit or vegetables is more valuable.

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Gratitude:  I am grateful to my husband for telling me the story of a 13yr old boy in the news who killed himself after experiencing bullying at school(we are praying for his family and friends) and using it to thank me for homeschooling our youngest child and keeping him out of middle school… I am grateful for my own strength to push past all those naysayers  who questioned my resolve to home school.   I am grateful to my 17 yr old who found pictures on an old computer and saved them on a zip drive and shared his discovery with the rest of us(we had so much  fun going through the memories).   I am grateful that Connor found a book that interested him and read  without me having to tell him to(huge progress for a child who was falsely diagnosed with a reading disability!!!) 

Dear Readers, Any questions are comments are welcomed.  Next Monday I will write about lunches, so be sure to follow me if you aren’t doing so already!  I will continue daily with what I ate for each day…Wednesdays I will post my WW meeting results.  Thanks for your support and hope this inspires you to make even just one change for a healthier lifestyle.  Now off to exercise!!!!

Final thoughts, If I am aiming for Full Disclosure, I need to include my daily healthy guidelines some from WW some are my own (  I will not be going into the WW point system too much as I feel it is irresponsible since that number varies  depending on your age and weight and I am at the lowest end)  

Dairy- 2-3 servings

Fruits & Veggies- 4 -5

Protein- 2-3

Healthy oil-2tbs

Probiotics -2

Green Tea-2

H20- 6

Saturday’s meals Breakfast: Yogurt, Banana & Green Tea

Lunch: (on the run) 2 wedges Laughing Cow cheese wedges & Grapes

Afternoon Snack: Yogurt

Dinner-   Chicken wrap- made with 50 Calorie wheat tortilla by Smart Delicious and stuffed with Chiken, mushrooms onions. lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. (Note this torilla is small but I just fold it in half and stuff it full,not something I would eat in public!!!! LOL) I  Still had 5 points left and needed more vegetables,  so ate more salad greens with Lt Italian dressing & olive oil plus 2 pt dessert of  Newtons Fruit thins which are just 2 pts for 3 cookies…  Yeah stayed within my points and ate all the healthy guidelines!  

SundayMealsBreakfast:  Smoothie and today I added my green tea!

Lunch: Sharp Cheddar cheese stick , pre -cooked Fajita steak strips & apple 

Afternoon Snack- Newtons Thins & Milk

Dinner:  BBQ chicken w/ bacon, tomato & cheese- a  favorite of my family, I use to eat it as a sandwhich, but now just make it in individual corning ware… added olive oil to bbq sauce to get that in…   

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19 Responses to "Let’s Talk Breakfast!"

Love your outfit! Right now I am eating gluten free oatmeal with flax and chia seeds in it…it’s very good! I am really trying to go gluten free…

I have never liked oatmeal although I have baked apples with cinnamon and added that to make it tolerable once in a while… Gook luck with the gluten free…

I love that shade of green on you! 😉
I eat a fage greek yogurt with fruit and either a 100 calorie whole grain English Muffin or 100 calorie bag of almonds for breakfast every day.

Spashionista (Alicia)

All very quick choices that anyone can manage!!!

I am big on Smoothies, too! I have a cocoa smoothie and blueberry smoothie that I alternate. I keep saying I’m going to post those recipes on my blog and I will eventually. I think it does help to have a few tried and true meals to pick from. Debbie @ ilovemylemonadelife.com

Congratulations on your healthy eating. Love that green jacket on you too! Thanks for sharing it all with Visible Monday : >

Cute outfit. Thanks for sharing breakfast ideas and your meal plans. I have not tried a smoothie. I do love Greek yogurt and fruit. Does the smoothie keep you full?

I was surprised by how much it does keep me full. I however remember why I stopped doing them for awhile… they make me feel cold after drinking them.. I actually went back under the covers this morning.. Will be great for summer! The key is using a full cup of the greek yogurt which is 4 pts….

Love your healthy eating choices. I’m really into the green smoothies for breakfast lately and they do fill me up with the added bonus of lots of energy and nutrients. I also love this neutral color palette you chose this week, great choice with the checked blouse, it looks wonderful on you.

Sounds like a great breakfast to power you up for the day!

Love your leather jacket.. actually I love all leather jacket, have some sort of leather infatuation 😉 Kudos on your healthy lifestyle change!

GREETINGS FROM DUBAI
MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES
http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.ae/

Tlhank you, I too love leather jackets… this is my first bomber style one…

You’re mid-section looks fine … beware of being to critical of yourself!
Breakfast is so important, as you say. Great job … outfit and progress!

Thanks. I am not in the habit of being self critical in fact quite the opposite. I appreciated the sentiment behind your comment and am lucky to be a woman who is not self critical as I see so many who are. I don’t think the problem was my body, just didn’t like the look the belt gave the shirt.. It looked much better once I saw photos and removed it… thanks for commenting!

Hi Tracy….I think your outfit looks great.
I like to make yogurt smoothies for breakfast, and my recipe is just like yours….except for one thing…the olive oil. I’m curious about the olive oil….maybe I’m missing some benefit because I don’t use it….please share!

Planning a post about the benefits of olive oil… but quick answer heart healthy and recommended by WW & Mediterranean diets…

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