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?

2 comments:

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...