Breakfast Food

By debcox Latest Reply 2015-02-10 08:43:06 -0600
Started 2015-02-09 18:53:02 -0600

I have peanut butter toast every morning and love it. My hubby does not eat breakfast and needs to but doesn't want peanut butter toast. He said that he would eat oatmeal or cream of wheat which I love also but I can't eat it without sugar/milk.

I have heard of people putting flax or chia seeds in their cereal. Do these things sweeten cereal or add fiber? I plan to buy fruit also to put in the cereal so maybe that will sweeten it. I purchase regular oatmeal and cook it. I tried steel cut oats but no one in the family liked them. I see no reason to make food no one will eat.

Any ideas for me regarding cooking/serving hot cereal to my family. In the past, when I made oatmeal I would cook it and take out 1.5 cups for me and then sweeten the cereal for the family. Now, my family asks why I have it without sugar and if it is not good for me, why am I feeding it to them because they don't want diabetes when they are older.

6 replies

GabbyPA 2015-02-10 08:43:06 -0600 Report

At least your family is aware of what you are feeding them and willing to work with you. That is HUGE in many circles.

There are artificial sweeteners you can use in oatmeal to help it along if you need. I find some dried fruit cooked in it can also help. You just have to account for it in your carb counts. I also use whole milk or half and half. Those have more fat in them to fight the carbs in the cereal.

Have you ever tried cream of wheat with an egg on top? That is very yummy and it doesn't require sugar or milk. Just a nice soft egg on top. That way you are again adding protein to the cereal to help combat the carbs.

Careful if you do add chia seeds. If you are just starting with them, they can have some not so pleasant affects. I fondly call it chia poo. So build up to using that if you choose it. It adds a lot of nutrients and fiber. It does have carbs, so just be aware.

debcox 2015-02-10 01:31:22 -0600 Report

Thank you all for your comments. I am doing really well on the plan that I do and just saw my nutritionist on Friday. She said don't change it if it is working for you.

One problem I have been having is that I log all my food into the fitbit program which counts both your calories and carbs which is great. It also adds calories as you exercise which is also good. I had put in that I wanted to lose a pound a week so the computer tallies my food and adds calories. It says that I can eat 1800 per day before exercising. Then, I add 1280 calories for an 18 mile bike ride, 408 calories for my Jillian Michaels workout and it also adds for the 15K steps that I take but I don't track that as much as the rest of my exercise. Basically, it is saying that I can eat between 3500 to 4500 calories a day. I can't because that is too much food. I eat about 2500 calories a day. I need to add calories without adding any more carbs. My nutritionist says that I need to either add calories or decrease my exercise as I am not losing because my body is not getting enough fuel and is in starvation mode. About two months ago, I tested this by eating less and not exercising for 4 days. I was really nervous about getting on the scale as I was sure that I had gained weight. Actually, I lost 4 lbs. which was great but made me mad because that meant that the nutritionist was correct.

Please don't think that I am being obsessive (maybe a little) but I have been heavy a good portion of my life and I am exercising a lot but not losing. I am trying hard to figure out what to do to get my intake/consumption of calories to be more equal.

lilleyheidi 2015-02-09 23:18:46 -0600 Report

hi :) Chia and flax are not sweeteners, they do add fiber though. Adding fruit to the cereal will add more carbs to it, so be careful with that. For me, I can't eat cereals at all as they are just to high in carb. I eat yogurt and berries for breakfast or eggs and veggies. Wishing you luck. Heidi

sweetslover 2015-02-09 20:12:58 -0600 Report

I eat cheese toast a lot for breakfast. I slice some cheddar cheese, put it on a whole wheat sandwich thin, and put it in the toaster oven. Wonderful. I do like oatmeal, but I want some fruit in it. I especially like raisins, but I have to be careful with their carbs.

RebDee 2015-02-09 19:19:59 -0600 Report

I enjoy oatmeal once in a great while and add flax and chia seeds for crunch. I also add strawberry pieces or blueberries for sweetners. But mostly, I drink Premier Protein Drink (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry) for breakfast and a spoonful of Jif creamy peanut butter. Or else I eat a Yoplait Greek yogurt, 2 strawberries cut up (or blueberries), and 17 cashew nuts. I am full for hours.

Pegsy 2015-02-09 19:04:52 -0600 Report

I like peanut butter toast too! Flax adds fiber, it doesn't sweeten. I rarely eat cereals but when I do, I have very small quantities and I sweeten with Stevia. For me personally, the cereals have so much carb that I can't combine them with fruit. But that's just me.

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