Monday, June 18, 2012
A Low Calorie Breakfast - Strawberries and Bran Flakes Cereal
By Stephanie Kay
I am not a morning person. That makes preparing and eating a nutritious breakfast difficult for me, ESPECIALLY when I'm trying to lose a few pounds.
I'm going to let you in on my breakfast secret: Bran Flakes.
Really!! I buy an off-brand version of plain bran flakes. It has 5 g of dietary fiber and 5 g of sugars. A 3/4 cup serving is only 90 calories and VERY filling. Add a 1/2 cup of 1% milk and I'm only up to 140 calories.
Now comes the tricky part. I grew up adding sugar to my sugar cereals so I like breakfast to be sweet. But sugar adds nutrition-less calories.
So, I buy a pound of strawberries, wash them, cut them into bite-sized pieces and add them to my bran flakes every morning. Strawberries only add a few calories and I've eaten a fruit first thing in the morning. By cutting them up ahead of time I don't have to think or operate a knife before I've fully woken up.
Sometimes I like to change up my routine and substitute banana slices for the strawberries. If I'm really feeling crazy I'll add a few raisins or dried cranberries but those are usually coated in sugar so I don't do that often.
There you have it. My low calorie, nutritious, no cook breakfast.
What do you eat for a healthy breakfast?