Monday, November 23, 2009
Let's Talk Toast
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?