The urge to skip breakfast is strong – we can get to work a little faster, or sleep 10 minutes longer. When you’re on a diet, skipping breakfast sounds really appealing, since it seems like you get to keep more food for later in the day. However, eating a filling breakfast has major benefits. On the Weight Watchers plan, breakfast keeps you going until lunch, and you’re less likely to binge from hunger. With a huge variety of foods to choose from, there are plenty of combinations to keep you satisfied.
Eggs are a great way to make a Weight Watchers-friendly breakfast quickly and easily. You can easily substitute store-bought egg whites for the full-fat variety with yolks to save some calories. There are some great healthy alternatives to the fried egg. Chop up some leftover veggies and make a frittata – tomatoes, spinach, onions, and cheese can beef up the meal. Or, try an omelet with fat-free shredded cheese.
The followers of the low-carb lifestyle might cringe at the thought of incorporating bread into their morning routine, but there is a way to use the starchy stuff without slathering butter on a bagel the size of your head. Whole grain varieties of bread, bagels, and English muffins can be found at nearly every grocery store. Take half an English muffin and top it with a slice of Canadian bacon, some cheese, tomato, and an egg for a filling breakfast. Or, make your own breakfast burrito with a 7-inch whole-wheat tortilla stuffed with chopped vegetables, cheese, and an egg.
Breakfast is a great time to get in some of your fruit servings for the day. Cut up a banana to top a bowl of oatmeal, or sprinkle blueberries on a bowl of muesli. Apples are a great breakfast on the go, and if you pair them with peanut butter, they can be very filling. Dried fruit can be a great topper for these dishes as well, but make sure to stay away from the varieties that have been sweetened with sugar or artificial ingredients.
If you’re on the go, sometimes it’s easiest to take your breakfast on the road in a liquid variety. Toss equal parts berries and soy milk into a blender with half a banana and some honey for a sweet breakfast that travels well. Or, for more protein, try some yogurt and peanut butter with the banana instead. If you need a cup of coffee to get started in the morning, a latte is a great idea. Use low or nonfat milk with your coffee, and you can count it as one of your daily dairy requirements. Stay away from sweet, sugary juices, though – they’re mostly empty calories.