I promised you a prettier picture today, and I can’t think of a food that is much prettier than glistening pomegranate seeds!
I haven’t always been a breakfast eater. I remember a time when I could care less if I had breakfast or not, and when I considered toaster strudels, donuts and sugary cereals to be good choices when I did eat breakfast. If I happened to be at my grandparents’ house at breakfast time, I wouldn’t miss the sausage and biscuits, but, in general, breakfast wasn’t really my thing.
I’ve become devoted to breakfast since changing my eating habits. Breakfast is a good time to set the tone for the rest of my day, and I can have the satisfaction of knowing that I had a healthy meal no matter what comes next. To provide an easy framework for myself, I’ve set a goal that I can handle even in my bleary eyed and grumpy morning state: Get a serving of fruit/veggies or a serving of dairy for breakfast each day. If possible, have a serving of both! I also try to keep my breakfasts around five ww points– give or take a point. Today I have a latte made with a cup of skim milk, a little bit of chocolate sugar free Torani syrup and a couple of shots of espresso made in my little stove top espresso maker. Since I live in an apartment with limited space, I don’t have room for a huge fancy machine, and, truth is, I really like the espresso that I make with my cute little pot:
Serving of dairy: Check! I’ve already met my daily breakfast goal. Today, however, I’m feeling like a breakfast super star. I removed the seeds from a pomegranate yesterday, and we sprinkled pomegranate seeds over our pancakes and had some in our champagne (floating them in champagne is a very pretty and tasty use… wish I’d taken a picture!) I’ve mentioned that pomegranates are one of the unexpected treats I’ve discovered in my quest for healthier eating, and I am always looking for new things to do with them. Today’s use of pomegranate seeds is one of my favorites. I toasted an English muffin (I like the Thomas Light Multi-grain variety), divided 1 Tablespoon of reduced fat peanut butter between the halves, and then topped them with pomegranate seeds. I weighed the seeds on my food scale so that I can accurately enter them in my food tracker. I like to use the seeds in place of jam or jelly, and the peanut butter makes a nice sticky surface so they don’t go rolling all over the place.
Serving of fruit/veggies: Check! I’m doubly successful today! Woo hoo! I set my daily breakfast goal because I was trying to make sure that my diet included the recommended number of servings of these important foods, and I’ve learned that starting off with a healthy breakfast puts me in the right mindset and places me firmly on the path to meeting that goal. I’ve noticed, however, that there is a much more practical reason to include dairy and produce in my morning meal– these kinds of breakfasts keep me full longer! If you are a pop-tart or donut breakfast eater, I’d encourage you to try my kind of breakfast instead. I’m no expert, keep that in mind, but I am an expert on my own experience. I think I have set a pretty reasonable daily breakfast goal for myself, and I like that it is an easy goal that I can keep for the rest of my life. Does that mean that I never have a donut or never enjoy a pop-tart? Definitely not! I love donuts!! I’d be sad if I knew that there were no donuts in my future!! Have I mentioned my sweet tooth?? If I can fit a donut (toasted coconut donuts from Dunkin Donuts are my favorite!) into my daily points, I might enjoy one after I’ve eaten all of the healthy things I’m supposed to have during the day. Hmmm…. I think they call foods like that “dessert,” and I think that makes more sense than calling them “breakfast.”
I’m glad I bought an extra pomegranate. I know what I’ll be having for breakfast this week!