Monday, 17 November 2008

Breakfast quest

I'm on a mission; a very important one. I've set myself a goal: I've got to get to lunchtime every day without eating a plate-full of digestive biscuits. To do that, I've got to avoid feeling ravenously hungry at about the time that Charlie has his morning bottle. And in order to do that, I've got to find something to have for breakfast that will keep me going until one o'clock. At school, I might easily have gone the whole day without eating. Having time, at morning break, to draw breath was something of a luxury and lunchtime was more often meeting or detention time. But now I - ahem - work from home I can take a daily morning break, and join Charlie in consuming stacks of calories. Not that the extra food intake is having an adverse effect on the waistline - yet. Power-walking with a pushchair is first-classs form of exercise, and I do the housework at double-quick speed while Charlie has a nap. (Honestly, it's better than the gym!) But it won't be long before mid-morning snacking starts to show and anyway, I see it as a challenge - to find a breakfast food that keeps the hunger pangs at bay 'til lunchtime. So far, bacon seems to do the job best. A big, two-rasher bacon-sandwich (grilled, of course) can keep me going through the morning. I've tried boiled eggs and kippers (not together), too. The only thing I know will fail is breakfast cereal. But often it's the only thing there's time to have before we rush out of the door. So the challenge is to find some complex carbohydrates that are quick to cook and eat and last as long as lunchtime. Any suggestions?

38 comments:

  1. "Porridge"...the oats give out their energy slowly, or something like that, so should keep you going...

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  2. Oooh, nota bene beat me to it, I was going to say porridge too. Can't beat it for keeping you going on a cold morning, and keeps the hunger pangs at bay. Good luck. The other option is not to buy digestives ;-)

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  3. Oh, that's too easy NSM. I've got to keep the cupboard stocked in order to have the pleasure of not eating them! I should have mentioned porridge myself, NB, although the way I make it it falls foul of the 'speed' test.

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  4. I'll third that. And get in some rice cakes. No sugar, so they don't feed a craving, and so virtuous you can eat as many as you can bear to.

    Nothing wrong with the bacon sandwich, though.

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  5. oh, we overlapped. You could soak the oatmeal overnight if you like it mushy. I don't and it takes no more time to cook than the kettle does to boil. Otherwise, how about hard-boiling some eggs during the day and taking a couple out in the morning and making them into a sandwich?

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  6. Ho hum - was going to say porridge too. Works for me!

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  7. Woah... I was gonna say porridge, 'or what we call it "Gray Death" (lol), too!

    Cyalayta
    Mal :)

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  8. I was going to chip in with porridge too, being a good Scot but now I feel slightly boring.

    How about muesli topped with low fat natural yoghurt and some sliced strawberries ?

    I've made myself hungry now !

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  9. I was going to chip in with porridge too, being a good Scot but now I feel slightly boring.

    How about muesli topped with low fat natural yoghurt and some sliced strawberries ?

    I've made myself hungry now !

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  10. The only reason I am saying porridge is because that is what works for me. I get back home with the newspaper after the school walk (9.10am) - oats into a bowl, add milk then microwave for
    3min20secs, stir, sprinkle with sugar, a small topping of cold milk. Delicious!! I'm not even feeling hungry by 1pm.

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  11. Guess I should learn to eat porridge... :-( Just can't bear the texture! I too have a problem resisting the digestives. In fact, I have a problem resisting whatever biscuits happen to be in the biscuit tin! Hope you have better luck than I do, Dotterel!

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  12. Porridge, porridge, porridge, porridge, porridge, porridge, porridge. It may not be the answer you want, but the answer is porridge!

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  13. I think the reason the bacon does it is because there is protein in it. Some people seem to need some protein to 'keep going'. I have cereal and some days it easily sees me through to 1pm, some days it doesn't. I think you should try porridge - see if it works. If not, there's nothing wrong with some bacon! x

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  14. Scrambled eggs with finely chopped celery and grated cheese on granery bread. Oh I am hungry now...

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  15. Ah, at last a post on your site I know something about. My own preference is for fried egg and bacon, a little black pudding, grilled tomato, toast and marmalade and half a grapefruit. All washed down with lashings of tea. That usually sees me through the day.

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  16. Well, at least I've got enough suggestions now for a poll. So if you haven't done already, have a vote. I promise to eat the winner!

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  17. Personally I think you’re missing a trick. You just need to find something to replace the digestives. Like a nice slice of homemade cake. No artificial additives or preservatives just straight forward honest to goodness cake (or banana bread). Not a whole cake, not a quarter wedge but a decent sized slice. After the housework you’ve earned it. But if you forced me to pick a breakfast to see me through till lunch time I would go with the bacon and fried egg sandwich. For that luxury I might be prepared to get up fifteen minutes earlier to cook it.

    The full English, as Tim suggests, would see me through the day.

    How about an apple at snack time? Don’t get angry. It was just a suggestion.

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  18. I must have protein to keep me going so if you have porridge, try a bit of hemp protein powder mixed in with it...it will keep you going and is lower calories. However, your British bacon is to die for so your sandwich in the pic looks soooo appetizing!

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  19. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I agree with Dave.
    First of all, you shouldn't starve yourself until 1. If you're hungry, eat something.
    Secondly porridge (stop yawning) with banana sliced on top is a healthy winner but if you need your protein go for bacon or an omelete or bacon and scrambled eggs, just cut back on the bread.

    And shouldn't you be sharing this dilema over at Blog to Fit where everyone can benefit from your breakfast dilema?
    http://www.blogtofit.com/

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  20. Have you ever thought about Microwave Chips? they are full of carbs and only take 2 mins in the microwave.

    Only joking lol ;)

    Scrambled eggs sounds nice to me!

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  21. Steak, chips and mushrooms washed down with a bottle of Beaujolais. That should keep you going until noon.

    P.S. That bacon roll looks SO good! I have all the wonderful French cuisine over here and yet a photo of a bacon sarnie or a pork pie and I start salivating and going weak at the knees.

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  22. If porridge is a problem try museli. It comes in several flavours and varieties now and is more filling than cornflakes.

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  23. That is a lovely photo - I do miss English bacon. Anwyay, my tip for a breakfast that goes on giving is oats = but not as porridge - I mix a bowl of oats with natural yoghurt, honey and a mashed banana and it is yummy. I do like mid-morning bikkies though - I'm trying to cut back but it is difficult, especially during winter

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  24. Wonderful photo.Yummy. I have porridge with M&S Summerfruit compote or rye bread with caraway seeds, hard boiled egg and tomato or failing that an egg omelette sarnie! That bacon gets my vote though...

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  25. How about digestive biscuits crumbled into porridge? I have digestives for breakfast. Accept that you are a biscuit person. I like them dunked in scotch and milk... It's okay scotch and milk is what I drink before going to bed...
    Sx

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  26. Yeah I always go for porridge too. I feel sick once Ihave eaten it but can't face eating anything else again for ages.

    Otherwise scrambled eggs are good.

    Best to avoid bread if you can. It will just make you hungry again later. But bacon would be fine.

    Scrambled eggs and bacon. But porridge would be more effective!!

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  27. Agree with Auntie G re the natural yoghurt... I have some with museli, blueberries and a banana. And to echo others...definitely porridge but I agree its a faff to make so I tend to just have it at the weekend sometimes. And get on over to BlogToFit... it's inspiring me to cut the crap from my diet! (Tara, Dave & Dave.....can I please go a commission schedule?!)

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  28. That Girl: Will extra hugs and smiley faces do? We're all out of commission at the moment.

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  29. Yeah, porridge was my suggestion, but as I'm not too keen myself, I go for oat based cereals. Seems to work for about four hours.

    PS Doesn't a double rasher bacon sandwich have the same number of calories as five digestives?

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  30. It's not that I don't like porridge - I do. But we only have it occasionally, and I think that's why I like it. And it takes time I haven't got in a morning; at least grilling bacon can be part of the morning 'multi-tasking'. And as for the calories...

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  31. Dare I sugest a bowl of muesli? I know it looks like rabbit food but it keeps you 'going' in more ways than one ;)

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  32. Bloody porridge? That's limp-wristed bum-bandit liberal shit if ever I heard it.

    You either need the Full Monty as Can Bass 1 described, or last night's chinky, kept warm on a storage heater overnight to keep it germs-free.

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  33. Yup another porridge fan here. You can add a nice blob of maple syrup. I make it with semi-skimmed milk and it really does keep you going. And there's nothing wrong with grilled bacon on wholemeal toast.

    Bananas are lovely and filling. Also try a handful of raw nuts and raisins. Stoned dates taste like toffee.

    There's nothing wrong with biscuits in small quantities (she says pompously) I used to eat digestives sandwiched with peanut butter when I was pregnant. And I buy home brand snickers bars (called Nutty Bites) - much cheaper at 99p for a pack of 9, and they're just a bit bigger than those funsize bars you can get, giving a chocolate hit without the sick, guilty pigout feeling.

    x

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  34. Of course, you could bear in mind that your previous way of life - having no time to eat whether you were hungry or not - was one you've chosen to leave behind you. Perhaps a sustaining breakfast could be taken in two parts - something quick and easy at the start of the day and the rest mid-morning. As long as your food intake for the whole day is balanced, it doesn't matter what or when you eat.

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  35. My husband and I drink a very fruity home blended smoothie every morning. Pineapple, banana, berries, oranges, carrots, oat bran, almond meal, almond milk, vitamin c pack, and whatever else we can pack in. It's gotten to the point where if we don't drink one, we're grouchy for the rest of the day. We've found that we can go as late as 2 o'clock without eating. Granted we'll be hungry, but we'll still be thinking clearly.
    However, at nearly 2 in the morning, that bacon sandwich is looking really good!
    Goodnight!

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  36. Have to confess to some hypocrisy...having suggested porridge, I've voted for the undeniably appealing bacon sandwich. And would have given two votes to a bacon and egg sandwich....

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  37. Hi Tim - I just found you via DJ's blog - apologies for leaving my comment here but I couldn't find an email address for you. Congrats on the book! I'm currently organising a March blog tour for my debut novel The Letters (Snowbooks), and wondered if you might be interested in a review copy of the book? There are details at www.fionarobyn.com - send me an email if you'd like to know more (who's signed up so far etc.) Thanks, Fiona

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