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5 Easy and Low Calorie Breakfasts

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by Tarryn Guttenberg (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer born in Johannesburg now living in Melbourne. I love travelling and have lived in London and Taipei as well as travelling in and around South Africa. I have a great interest in exploring and love to share my finds with others.
Published August 27th 2012
Breakfast is a tasty and important part of your day. It's important to give your body the necessary fuel it needs after a long rest and ensure your metabolism gets a good kick start for the rest of the day. The weekend is a great time to treat yourself to something special and allow you to practice for weekday breakfast too. Choose wisely to ensure foods are low GI keeping you full for longer and are nutritionally balanced and low in fat to assist you maintain a balanced diet.

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Plus they taste great!

1. Banana and strawberry Go

This delicious and quick beverage would not be considered a smoothie as it doesn't contain dairy. Simply place the ingredients in your blender to ensure you retain the fibre from the fruit's pulp.

Ingredients:

1 banana
100g frozen strawberries
2 tablespoons Psyllium Husks or fibre supplement powder
1 cups orange, apple or pineapple juice (ensure the container says juice as opposed to fruit drink, which is created from juice concentrate rather than being real juice)

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A 'green' breakfast drink would be prepared in the same way with the following ingredients:

an avocado
pear with skin on
cucumber
2 tablespoons Psyllium Husks or fibre supplement powder
1 cups of apple juice

Place in a glass or travel mug and enjoy!

2. Yoghurt parfait

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Choose a good low calorie or Greek style yoghurt by checking the nutritional panels until you are satisfied with the calories and ensured of a low sugar content. Pair yoghurt with a quarter cup of berries (strawberries and blueberries are fantastic) or two tablespoons of a low calorie muesli that is not toasted.

3. Scrambled eggs and avocado

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Simple, tasty and easy scrambled eggs are a healthy and delicious food. Make in a non stick pan or if necessary using a teaspoon of good olive oil. Finished scrambled eggs are then placed in a bowl and combined with half an avocado. Yummy and healthy.

4. Rolled or steel cut oats

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I can't speak enough about the health benefits of oatmeal as a low calorie food beneficial for your heart and fantastic as a low GI food that keeps you feeling full for longer. Simply prepare oatmeal with water on the stove top or for two minutes in the microwave stirring intermittently as the oatmeal rises. Add a little something special to oatmeal with dried cranberries, a tablespoon of pure maple syrup or a dash of milk or dairy alternative like soy or almond milk.

5. An easy omelette

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Using 2 eggs per person (or 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites) blend egg white and yellow in a bowl. Place a drizzle of olive oil in the pan and gently pour egg mixture in the pan. Leave the mixture on the heat for a count of 5 without moving it. Draw your spoon through the mixture to the centre of the pan and allow liquid egg from the surface to fill the space. This ensures an even cook. Soon there is just a small amount of liquid on the top. Tilt the pan and flip one half of the omelette onto itself to form a half moon. Slide the omelette on the plate and it's ready to serve!

You can add some diced tomato and low fat cheese to the center after you have ensured most of the liquid is set but I love this recipe just the way it is!
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