Monday, June 18, 2012

A Low Calorie Breakfast - Strawberries and Bran Flakes Cereal

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?

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Candice Moretti said...

Looks delicious! I love a cup of yogurt with berries myself.

Shalonne Halstead said...

My favorite healthy breakfast is soft boiled pastured eggs paired with an avacado and a nice big pat of butter from pastured cows. Super healthy fats, nothing processed and no GMO's :)

Amy said...

So, I have to ask, do you measure your cereal? Cereal is one of the foods we always measure to correctly count the carbs--we've found it hard to judge as all bowls are different and all cereals are different. Just curious! :) I was amazed at how small an actual 1 serving of cereal really is!! :)

Stephanie said...

Good question, Amy! It depends on how serious I am about losing pounds. When I'm really trying to reduce calories, then yes, I measure. The box says 3/4 cup or 29g is a serving. I bought a food scale (about $15) and weigh it. I find that's the most accurate. Measuring cups are still not very accurate for things like bran flakes. And measuring only takes an extra minute so I have no excuse not to do it.

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