Monday, November 23, 2009

Let's Talk Toast

Toast with cream cheese and pumpkin butter

I first signed up for Weight Watchers back in college after having gained the Frosh 35. I was a sophomore at the time, so I was stuck eating cafeteria food. I didn't have to think too much about meal planning beyond finding the a healthier option for lunch and dinner.

It wasn't until senior year when I finally moved out of the dorms and had a full kitchen for the first time. I struggled with what to make. I didn't have the cafeteria to fall back on when I didn't feel like making something and as a 20-something who had never cooked a day in my life, my options were limited. When my weight started creeping up, I headed back to Weight Watchers. And that's when I discovered the weekly meal plans on their website.

They were nothing fancy. Wraps, canned soups and the like -- but it incorporated all of the healthy guidelines and were simple to prepare. Not much cooking required. It also helped me realize a side to a sandwich should be fruit and veggies -- not a bag of chips.

I've mostly given up the meal plan ideas in favor of something a little more interesting, but a few things stuck. For one -- toast with cream cheese.

I love bagels and cream cheese. I sometimes cave and get one from the cafeteria at work when I forget my breakfast. But before Weight Watchers, I never thought of toast. This week I used up all of my usual 7 grain cereal, so I decided to fall back on one of my college classics.

This time, though, I added a touch of sweetness with the last of the Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter and 1/2 a grapefruit cut up on the side. It was perfection.

What's your favorite breakast? Do you always eat the same thing or do you like to mix it up?


Sarah said...

Since I started doing Core/Simply Filling, my standard breakfast is ~1/2 shredded wheat with half an apple, with skim. If I'm doing artificial sweeteners, I'll do a sprinkling of splenda and some cinnamon; right now I'm trying to cut back on the artificial sweeteners so I've been having it w/ a T of honey.

Fit Mama said...

It's hard to believe that you were ever the type to not cook these delicious meals that you post!

I love bagels and cream cheese, so they are my rare treat. Most days I have two eggs scrambled and 1/2 c FF cottage cheese. Or 1/2 c oats with 1 t brown sugar. I also love toast with PB and fruit, but find that the carbs in bread make me crave junk throughout the day...